I don't have an issue with them suspending/canceling the program.. I do have a problem with the way they canceled it.. I could see a statement saying "going forwards the rebates will be cancelled". But for them to retroactively cancel rebate applications that have been in the system for almost a year. People have figured the rebate into their budgets and it is a pretty crappy thing to do so far after the fact.
Also, I believe the funds for the EV rebates are supposed to be dedicated to the program. To redirect these funds to other state programs is messed up and probably illegal.
from the Illinois green fleets site..
The Illinois EPA has received $3 million in federal funding to be awarded in 2014, 2015, and 2016 to assist local governments, school districts, universities, small businesses, and similar fleets in the Chicago area in acquiring natural gas and propane vehicles. In addition, companies can apply for funding to purchase off-road mobile equipment that operates on natural gas, propane, or electricity. Unlike the existing Illinois Alternate Fuels Rebate Program, this is a “grant program” and eligible applicants in the Chicago area need to apply and be selected for a grant award prior to making any purchases or doing conversions.
I encourage affected people and Illinois residents to email, call or otherwise bitch about the situation. Newspaper, tv-news.
Perhaps someone should contact the Federal EPA program and inform them that the funds are being redirected illegally.
This Governor will most likely end up in Jail like most of the Illinois Governors
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