- Associated Press - Monday, September 28, 2015

MORTON, Ill. (AP) - Construction at a major Interstate 74 junction has given Tazewell County a windfall: $1.2 million over three years.

County Administrator Wendy Ferrill tells the Pekin Times (https://bit.ly/1WrwD5O) the revenue from 4,600 tickets for speeding and using cellphones in a work zone softens the blow of the state budget standoff.

Tickets for speeding went from eight per month in 2012 to 74 per month in 2013, and 129 per month last year. This year, motorists are getting fewer citations: the monthly average is nearly 100 speeding tickets.

Ferrill says some of the money could go toward a new squad car for the sheriff’s department.

The Illinois State Police issues most of the tickets. A portion of the fines goes to the county. The construction project is expected to finish next year.


Information from: Pekin Daily Times, https://www.pekintimes.com

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