Rep. Phelps' Plan for 911 Services Wins Lawmaker Approval

The Illinois House has approved a plan to keep emergency 911 call centers funded past June 30.

But the measure includes fee hikes opposed by Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner.

The measure sponsored by Harrisburg Democratic Rep. Brandon Phelps increases the telephone surcharge for emergency services.
The surcharge would go to $5 from $3.90 in Chicago and from 87 cents to $1.50 in the rest of the state. Rauner called those hikes ``unacceptable.''

The legislation won House approval Thursday after a 47-2 Senate vote a day earlier.

The measure has not been sent to Rauner for action. A Democratic House leader filed a motion for a new vote. That keeps it in the House for now.