You Paid For It investigation leads to changes in Illinois towing law

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(KPLR) – Tonight investigator Elliott Davis talks to a State Senator about his bill that just passed the Illinois legislature to curb towing abuses.  It was a bill sparked by our You Paid For It investigation and is now leading to a change in state law.

Illinois State Senator Bill Haine of Alton told me the today, the bill's passage in the legislature is a big victory for people suffering under the current towing set up it the state.

The bill now heads to the governor's desk for his signature to become law.

We investigated towing troubles for more than a year with case after case of folks having to pay sky high towing fees to municipalities and then paying the towing company hundreds of dollars to get their vehicle back.

Senator Haine acted after we pointed out to him that a bill, passed in 2011 that he backed, actually created a loophole that municipal mayors were using to charge towing fees as high as $500.

Among other things Senator Haine’s new bill would limit to $50 what mayor’s can charge when vehicles are towed for minor reasons.

The governor has two months to sign the new bill into law.