Lawmaker looks to open car dealerships on Sundays

By Alex Davis |

Published 03/31 2014 06:26PM

Updated 03/31 2014 06:31PM

SPRINGFIELD -- The last time you bought a car in Illinois, you didn't do business on a Sunday. But now, lawmakers are taking another look at the long-standing ban on Sunday car sales. Some lawmakers want to change it.

Republican State Senator Jim Oberweis is sponsoring the bill lifting the ban saying it's bad for the marketplace. He's calling on the Federal Trade Commission to comment on the 30-year ban.

The FTC responded with a letter last week claiming it's anti-competitive and harmful to consumers. They say it makes it harder for car shoppers to find deals, but some car dealers say many consumers like they're close don Sunday.

One reason the so-called "Blue Law" has been in place since 1982 is because auto dealers wanted Sunday to be a day of rest. Another argument for overturning the ban is car dealers should have the ability to choose whether to be open on Sundays or not. They say the ban limits free enterprise.

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