|By Becky Yerak, Chicago Tribune|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
One legislator estimates that for people currently carrying the minimum amount of liability insurance, it could cost them an extra
In virtually every state, motorists must buy a minimum amount of liability insurance.
The bill was passed 70 to 41. Because it had already passed the
"These rates have not been changed in 24 years and do not keep pace with rising medical costs," said proponent and state Rep.
The bill is personal for Fine. In
"Our bills were astronomical and of course completely unexpected," she told the Tribune on Monday. Her husband's arm was amputated at the scene, and he spent five weeks in the hospital and underwent eight surgeries during that time.
"Had the minimum been higher than the required
"Raising the required minimum liability insurance to drive a car is very harmful unless the state of
In 1989 the
The new legislation would also boost minimum coverage for damage to property to
While acknowledging that the minimums were set years ago and have not been increased, Bost said he is concerned about low-income families in his area, who are already finding it difficult to make ends meet.
He worries that, if they drive without insurance, they'll be breaking the law and also worries that some may choose to not drive, making it more difficult for them to get to work and continue to pay their housing bills and keep food on the table.
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