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Open Sundays bill likely dead

May 18, 2018
As Illinois state lawmakers near the scheduled May 31 conclusion of the General Assembly’s spring session, two bills that would impact dealers likely won’t cross the finish line.
State Sen. Jim Oberweis’s perennial attempt to open dealerships to sales on Sundays has never come to a vote. The Republican from Sugar Grove framed this year’s Senate Bill 2420 as the Freedom to Choose Act, allowing for the sale of motor vehicles on any six days of the week chosen by the business owner, instead of on any day but Sunday. It was the fifth time since he became an Illinois lawmaker in 2013 that Oberweis has tried to open Illinois new-car dealerships on Sundays.
And Senate Bill 2967, sponsored by Sen. Terry Link (D-Waukegan), would exempt lifetime vehicle warranties from being considered a gift under the state’s motor vehicle advertising regulations. The regulations currently state that free prizes, gifts or other incentives cannot be advertised in connection with a vehicle whose selling price is negotiated, unless the gift is paid for through a manufacturer’s program or a dealer advertising association.