Have you ever wondered what happens to the money you pay for moving violations? Here's a quick primer for you.
Last month, the basic fine for many moving violations was increased from $75 to $120. If you don't contest the fine and pay by mail, the clerk of the county courts will take about $30 off the top for various administrative charges and $15 for the Illinois State Police (even if they didn't issue the ticket). Then of the remaining amount, 44.5 percent of the fines go to the the local government, 16.825 percent goes to the state treasurer and 38.675 percent goes to the county general fund. This money is all allocated for general revenue purposes.
What do you think of how this money is allocated? Where do you think the money should go? Should it go to general revenue funds as it is now or should it go to dedicated purposes like traffic safety, road construction, and transit?