SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - ATV riders in Illinois are likely to start paying a $15 annual fee per ATV as state legislators put the finishing touches on a bill creating permits for them.
The fee is part of an effort to raise money for state parks and other outdoor activities. The new permit for four-wheelers is expected to go into effect Jan. 1, pending the outcome of a hearing next month by a special panel of lawmakers who are reviewing the proposed rules, according to the Journal Gazette and Times Courier.
Illinois Department of Natural Resources spokesman Chris McCloud said the new fee could raise as much as $800,000 per year and will be spent on upgrading off-road trail areas and for law enforcement.
The bill includes exemptions for golf course owners, farmers and ranchers who use ATVs on their property and people who ride on property they occupy as a residence.
Posted by Holly Wagner