Illinois fuel tax is now tied to CPI or some other index that will cause the tax to rise every year; no more heavy lifting to increase the fuel tax by actually voting. State double dips as it charges the sales tax on top of the fuel tax. A few years back a couple of corrupt Illinois politicians (ok - redundant) got in cahots with asphalt manufacturers and decided that ground up asphalt shingles would work in roads. The asphalt duds (sic) cornered the market on recycling shingles and the politicians passed laws to increase the shingle content in road asphalt. The new mix literally crumbled in 2-3 years. The feds finally said no to shingles in roads and a lot of people are now under investigation/indictment. Also local governments in Illinois are allowed to tax the rain, yep tax the rain. Law passed to allow locals to collect taxes specifically to remedy flooding caused by the rain.