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Fuel retailers make good on threat to sue over requirement to post about tax freeze

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Published: May. 19, 2022 at 7:36 PM CDT
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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP and Heart of Illinois ABC) — Illinois fuel retailers argued in a lawsuit that a requirement to post signs alerting consumers about a six-month freeze in the state motor-fuel tax unconstitutionally compels them to promote Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s reelection campaign.

The Illinois Fuel & Retail Association and others filed the lawsuit in Sangamon County Circuit Court against the Illinois Department of Revenue. The organization indicated last month that it would file suit against the state.

At issue is a sign retailers must post on each fuel pump beginning July 1 as a result of the General Assembly and Pritzker freezing the motor fuel tax for six months.

The lawsuit says it violates the First Amendment by compelling political speech.

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