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State to require fee for ATV's

Update: 5:06 pm, 10/10/13, Thursday SPRINGFIELD -- The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will soon generate some revenue by selling ATV usage stamps.
Update: 5:06 pm, 10/10/13, Thursday
SPRINGFIELD -- The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will soon generate some revenue by selling ATV usage stamps. Starting in the spring, DNR will require most ATV owners to pay a $15 fee for an "off-highway" vehicle stamp. They'll be valid for one year.

DNR officials say the sales could raise as much as $700,000 - $800,00 annually. The money will go into a special fund for the development and maintenance of public-access trails.

DNR officials say stamps must be displayed on the front half of off-highway vehicles. It includes ATV's and cross-country motorcycles. Standard golf carts, commercial vehicles and others are exempt.
Original: 1:24 pm, 9/20/13, Friday
SPRINGFIELD -- It could soon be more expensive to own an ATV in Illinois. State leaders are considering a $15 annual fee on the vehicles. They say it could bring in almost $1 million a year.

That money would go toward law enforcement and fixing up dirt tracks. But, outdoor enthusiasts say "enough is enough."

Farmers using ATV's on their own land would be exempt from the fee. If approved, it will go into effect January 1, 2014.

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