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Senator wants dealers open on Sunday

SPRINGFIELD -- A suburban Chicago state senator wants a state rule relaxed when it comes to auto dealers.
SPRINGFIELD -- A suburban Chicago state senator wants a state rule relaxed when it comes to auto dealers.

Sen. Jim Oberweis (R - Aurora) wants the state to abandon a law that fines auto dealers that open their doors on Sunday.  Under current state law, a dealer can be fined $1,500 if they open on a Sunday.

Dealers fought for the law back in the 1980s.  The idea behind it - give their employees a break from what can be a competitive business.  It punishes any dealer that opens since the business can be competitive.

Oberweis says his proposal is "consumer-driven".  He says whenever he asks about the idea at town hall meetings, people tend to agree.

But dealers say there's really no use to opening their doors on Sunday.  Banks and the Secretary of State's offices are closed, meaning loans, credit checks and title transfers are out of the question.  Plus dealers say many of their customers prefer walking the lots on Sundays without sales people hounding them.


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