Sen. Sara Feigenholtz

Feigenholtz advances measure to restore vehicle emissions testing in Chicago

SPRINGFIELD– State Senator Sara Feigenholtz (D-Chicago) advanced a measure that will set forth a plan to restore vehicle emissions testing in the city of Chicago.

In 2016, the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) shut down four vehicle emissions sites in the city of Chicago.  Since then, there has been demand to restore testing locations.

“The city of Chicago has a population of 2.8 million,” said Feigenholtz. “It’s time to bring back testing sites.”

Under Feigenholtz’s measure, the Illinois EPA will report to the General Assembly by Oct. 1, 2022 on a plan to restore emissions testing locations, to include information on possible locations within Chicago, information on programs implemented in other states, and a projected date for full operation.

This initiative has support among colleagues and the Illinois Environmental Council.

“Having a plan will bring residents of Chicago one step closer to accessible testing locations,” said Feigenholtz.

Senate Bill 1234 passed the Senate unanimously and now heads to the House with bipartisan support.