022322CM0698 rSPRINGFIELD – A bill championed by State Senator Dave Koehler (D-Peoria) to incentivize Illinoisans to purchase vehicles manufactured in-state advanced out of the Senate Wednesday.

“We make it undeniably clear that purchasing Illinois-made is the best decision for both workers and consumers by incentivizing residents to choose from the many high-quality vehicles we manufacture in-state,” Koehler said. “By supporting locally made products, we can spur economic growth within our communities.”

Senate Bill 3609 offers Illinoisans the opportunity to apply for a $25 rebate on the title fee for cars and passenger trucks manufactured in-state. Consumers would have one year from the month the vehicle was manufactured to apply for the rebate.

“My hope for this legislation is to encourage people to purchase vehicles manufactured right here in Illinois,” said State Senator Dale Fowler (R-Harrisburg), a chief cosponsor of the measure. “This bill aims to provide incentives which could put money back into consumer pockets. This is an example of how good bipartisan work can be done to provide incentives for hard-working Illinoisans.”

The legislation now goes to the House for further consideration.

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020822HAO00008 rSPRINGFIELD – Legislation sponsored by State Senator Dave Koehler (D-Peoria) aimed to encourage people to invest in cars and small trucks manufactured in Illinois advanced out of the Senate Transportation Committee on Tuesday.

“Encouraging consumers to purchase vehicles that are manufactured in-state is a simple and effective way to support our statewide economy,” Koehler said. “By offering an economic incentive for vehicles made in Illinois, we can make the decision easy when it comes down to purchasing in- versus out-of-state cars.”

Under Senate Bill 3609, Illinoisans purchasing cars or passenger trucks will have the opportunity to apply for a $25 rebate on the title fee if the vehicle was manufactured in Illinois.  The application for title must occur within one year of the month the vehicle was manufactured.

“We have an incredibly talented and dedicated manufacturing workforce here in Illinois,” Koehler said. “Our state manufactures reliable, high-quality vehicles that, under this legislation, would become more affordable to our residents across the board.”

Senate Bill 3609 awaits further consideration.

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021622CM1082 rSPRINGFIELD – In response to the Senate’s approval of Peoria native Michael P. McCuskey as Legislative Inspector General, State Senator Dave Koehler (D-Peoria) issued the following statement:

“It is our responsibility in the General Assembly to appoint a Legislative Inspector General who will fulfill their duty to hold the body to a high standard of ethical oversight and legislative accountability.

“The Honorable Michael McCuskey has spent nearly half a century demonstrating his dedication to integrity and ethics, and I am confident he will take on this role with the utmost sincerity. As our state continues down the path of progress, upright and impartial scrutiny is essential.

“I would like to extend my sincere congratulations to Judge McCuskey. He represents ethics, morality and good judgement in his personal life, and I look forward to his staunch and conscientious review of this body.”

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04232021CM01091SPRINGFIELD – Legislation sponsored by State Senator Dave Koehler (D-Peoria) to establish a plan for renewable recycling in Illinois advanced out of the Senate Energy and Public Utilities Committee on Thursday.

“When talking about renewable energy, we sometimes overlook that while the energy itself may be renewable, too often the technology used to harness it isn’t,” Koehler said. “Expanding opportunities to recycle and reuse the raw materials used to build solar panels won’t just save taxpayer dollars, it will help protect our environment and keep sustainable energy truly sustainable.”

Senate Bill 3790 creates a Renewable Energy Component Recycling Task Force, which is responsible for investigating options for recycling and other end of life methods for renewable generation components and energy storage devices. The Task Force must report its findings to the General Assembly by March 1, 2023.

By 2030, the United States is expected to see as much as one million total tons of solar panel waste, and by 2050, the United States is expected to have the second largest number of retired solar panels in the world, with as many as an estimated 10 million total tons of panels. States such as California, Hawaii, New Jersey, North Carolina and Washington have already implemented strategies to address this excess waste.

“As we look to establish sustainable energy sources for our state, we need to make sure we’re phasing out old technology in a safe and responsible manner,” Koehler said. “Creating new problems in the name of solving old ones isn’t progress. We have a responsibility to strive toward a healthier environment for generations to come.”

The legislation now goes before the Senate for further consideration.

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