Illinois Lawmaker Pushes Bill To Resurrect Gas-Station Attendants

Bernie Tafoya
February 10, 2020 - 8:41 pm
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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- A state lawmaker from Chicago has proposed going back to a time when gas stations had attendants on hand to pump your fuel. 

State Rep. Camille Lilly filed the Gas Station Attendant Act last week. The measure says no gas may be pumped at a gas station in Illinois unless it is pumped by an attendant.

Lilly’s chief of staff, Alexis Reed, said the measure came out of discussions with the lawmaker’s constituents and their concerns about the high unemployment rate on the West Side.

The bill, if approved and signed into law by Gov. JB Pritzker, would increase jobs in the community, Reed said.

Reed added that amendments likely would be introduced that would allow people to pump their own gas if they preferred it.

The bill has been sent to the House Rules Committee.

New Jersey is the only state that forbids motorists throughout the state from self-pumping their gas. In Oregon, people have been allowed to pump their own gas in about half the state for the past two years.