For the first time since 1993, the Illinois Supreme Court will be increasing fines for most traffic tickets. The increases take effect September 15. If you are caught speeding up to 20 miles per hour over the speed limit, the fine will increase to $120 from $75. This will be the fine for failure to stop at a stop sign or making an illegal turn. If you are caught speeding between 21 and 30 miles per hour over the speed limit, the fine will run $140, up from $95. The Illinois Supreme Court increased the fines after a Supreme Court subcommittee found that Illinois had lower fines than many other states. These fines only apply to tickets that do not require a court appearance. The fines for tickets requiring a court appearance are set by the judge. It is important to note that the fine for a ticket that does not require a court appearance is actually a bond. The amount of the bond is set by the Supreme Court and when the bond is accepted as the fine, it is done so for convenience. That is why the Supreme Court can raise these amounts. They are actually raising the amount of bond required to be posted.
Be aware. These increases go into effect on September 15, 2010.
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