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Cuts in State Revenue Could Close DMV Locations

MONTICELLO-- "I was probably here less than 10 minutes, total." But Ken Benson's wait could get a whole lot longer the next time he heads to the DMV, if the state is forced to close the Monticello office for lack of funding.

Secretary of State Jesse White cautioned lawmakers at a hearing last week that not keeping the income tax rate at its current 5% could force the closing of more than 2 dozen offices across the state. His office tells us several factors will be considered before closing an office, including how much or how little business it does, facility costs, and distance between locations.

Benson says, "This is just more convenient, on the way home, works out best for me." According to the Secretary of State's office, the Monticello location ranked 24th in the state last year in fewest transactions. Hoopeston and Gibson City ranked even higher, and could also be candidates for closing, which would force even more people to the Champaign location, which already sees routine wait times of an hour or more. Benson says, "It would take up a lot of time, that way."

Adam Rife reporting