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            by Ed Pyne, Publisher
May 26 2016
Motorists could get a 30-day reprieve
Yesterday, May 25th, was important for Illinois motorists. The Illinois Senate was to take up House Bill 4334 which passed that chamber unanimously. Hard to believe in these testy times that both parties would agree on something.
John Cullerton, the Democrat leader in the Democratic controlled Senate, is behind the bill, and it is a no-brainer.
The Secretary of State stopped mailing registration-renewal reminders in October, 2015 to save $450,000 per month amid the state’s budget crisis. After the first three months the State  received $2.7 million in fees for late license-plate renewals! Between January and March 2016, 247,000 Illinois motorists paid $4.9 million in late fees. During the same three-month period in 2015 111,000 motorists paid $2.2 million in late fees. The cost of renewal goes up by $20 for those who don’t renew within 30 days of a license plate expiring.
That doesn’t take into account what the police officer might do when he sees the expired sticker on your vehicle!
However, what appeared to be a windfall has backfired for the State. In the first month of the renewals in November were down 16 percent from 526,479 in 2014 to 445,116 in 2015, a drop of 80,000 vehicles. In December the numbers were down 24 percent from 2014. This meant the State had to wait for $23 million dollars  in revenue.
The idea that someone is expected to pay a bill without being notified that it is due is absurd. Think about it. If you are in business you have to send a bill to get paid. You can’t count on the internet to do it for you. Some people don’t look at the computer at all, and some for a very small amount of time.
With the windfall in late fees taken in already the Secretary of State has plenty of funds to send out notices. By the way, I didn’t get a ticket!

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May 5 2016
Big day at our house
Friday, May 6 will be a big day at the Pyne household in Normal. Our lovely daughter, Kelsey, is graduating from Illinois State University. Her older sister by two years, Kayley, is in her second year of teaching Fifth Grade in Bensonville, Ill., near O’Hare Airport, and she loves it. She also graduated from ISU, as did her mother and father.
One thing I’ve learned over the years is the graduation parties get better as time goes by, especially when my lovely wife Sally is in charge. She has rented a margarita machine, and I have no idea how that works, but I’m looking forward to trying it.
Kelsey majored in English Studies and has a minor in Sociology. Two things are for sure. She wants to live in a warmer climate and stay away from the newspaper business, much to her father’s chagrin.
I really can’t blame her. While watching the White House Correspondents Dinner on C-Span Sunday night comedian Larry Wilmore asked the 2,500 people in attendance to give a shout out to the Washington Post table. “And I mean SHOUT OUT!” he chuckled. “Newspapers are dying out and everyone is over 70 years old at the table.” That hit close to home.

ISU loses a living legend
I want to send our condolences to the family of Archie Harris who passed away April 11 in Willowbrook, Ill. A 92-year-old living legend at ISU, Archie was the very successful swimming coach from 1957 to 1981 and nobody ever loved his job more. I think he delighted in having young student reporters, like myself in 1967, come and interview him. He always had time for others.
Local memorials can be sent to Timber Point Outdoor Center, 20 Hudson Dr., Hudson, IL 61748.


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