SPRINGFIELD – After speaking with many constituents who were having trouble renewing license fees for their small trailers, Senator Patrick Joyce (D-Essex) became a lead co-sponsor on Senate Bill 58, which creates a new registration class for small trailers, lowering the cost of the fee for licensing a small trailer from $118 to $36.

“The fee hike on one class of trailer license plates is unfair and unacceptable, which is why I supported legislation to create a more reasonable registration system,” Joyce said. “By reversing the increase, we can give Illinois residents the chance to keep more of their hard-earned money in their pockets.”

The legislation designates all trailers that weigh 2,000 pounds or less as “utility trailers” and sets the utility trailer registration fee at $36. Fees were increased on these trailers in 2019 as a part of the Rebuild Illinois capital infrastructure plan.

The measure applies only to trailers primarily designated for personal use.

Read more: Joyce-sponsored bill lowers license fees for small trailers

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Senator JoyceSPRINGFIELD – To modernize the way the Illinois State Police processes and issues FOID cards and concealed carry licenses, State Senator Patrick Joyce (D-Essex) supported FOID modernization legislation which would speed up processing and improve public safety.

“One of the top issues I have heard about during my time in the Senate is the huge backlog of applications for folks trying to renew their FOID cards,” Joyce said. “This legislation streamlines the process, brings down the backlog and focuses more resources on enforcement.”

The bill seeks to protect communities by enhancing existing background check protocols—a measure meant to more effectively ensure that firearms are kept out of the wrong hands.

For gun owners with a history of safe and responsible ownership, the legislation would offer the option to apply for an automatically renewing FOID card by voluntarily submitting fingerprints. FOID cards and concealed carry licenses would also be condensed into one document and license holders could opt for a digital copy, making it easier for gun owners to keep their licenses with them at all times.

“It’s clear that the system currently in place is not working, and it’s long past time to get the Illinois State Police back on track in a way that supports law-abiding gun owners,” Joyce said. “I’m proud to see this legislation advance.” 

House Bill 562 passed the Senate with a vote of 40-17.

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SPRINGFIELD – In an effort to give the residents of Pembroke Township the ability to heat their homes more affordably, State Senator Patrick Joyce (D-Essex) moved legislation that would help bring a natural gas pipeline to the area.
“For years, the residents of Pembroke have suffered from a lack of resources and lack of investment, and they deserve better,” Joyce said. “I’ve worked alongside the people and leaders of Pembroke to solve this problem, and we’ve reached an agreement to make residents’ lives easier and safer.”

This legislation creates the Pembroke Township Natural Gas Investment Pilot Program, which would allow Nicor Gas to extend its gas service territory to serve Pembroke Township.

Read more: Senate approves Joyce proposal to bring a natural gas pipeline to Pembroke Township

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PARK FOREST – With many people expected to hit the road this Memorial Day weekend, State Senator Patrick Joyce (D-Essex) is joining the Illinois Department of Transportation, the Illinois State Police and law enforcement across the state for the national ‘Border to Border’ campaign, which increases seatbelt patrols and enforcement zones through Memorial Day.

“This weekend will kick off a return to summer recreation, so it’s important that every person riding in a vehicle wears their seatbelt and carefully travels to their destination,” Joyce said. “Wearing your seatbelt is the best way to protect yourself in case of an accident, and I urge all drivers and passengers to remember to do so anytime they get in a vehicle.”

Organized by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration as part of the “Click It or Ticket” campaign, Border to Border harnesses the power of 10,000 agencies across the nation – between states, cities and jurisdictions – to increase seat belt use in order to save lives.

Read more: Joyce reminds drivers to buckle up when traveling this Memorial Day

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