News From SEMA SAN: Illinois Proposes Bill That Encourages The Sale Of E15 Fuel

The Illinois House of Representatives has reintroduced legislation (H.B. 3369) allowing the state’s Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity to provide information to gas stations encouraging the stations to offer E15 as an option for customers. The bill also allows the Department to provide information to gas stations on any financial assistance that may be available to subsidize the cost of providing E15 blended fuel to consumers. H.B. 3369 was introduced despite the fact that a bill is moving through the U.S. House of Representatives which would require the National Academy of Sciences to further analyze the effects of E15 on engines and other components before the EPA can permit its sale.

We Urge You to Contact Members of the Illinois House Revenue & Finance Committee (List Below) Immediately to Oppose H.B. 3369

  • H.B. 3369 is being introduced at time when many states are proposing legislation to abandon requirements for ethanol-blended gasoline.
  • H.B. 3369 ignores the fact that ethanol increases water formation which can then create formic acid and corrode metals, plastics and rubber, especially over a period of time when the vehicle is not used.  This can lead to engine/parts failures and, potentially, safety hazards.  Ethanol also burns hotter and can cause some engines to stall, misfire and overheat.  Current high performance specialty parts along with the pre-2001 cars and parts may be most susceptible to corrosion and overheating.
  • H.B. 3369 ignores the fact that the life span of these vehicles and equipment can be dramatically reduced with the wrong fuel and the owners could be confronted with break downs. Anti-corrosion additives are available for each purchase of gasoline but can become expensive and burdensome on consumers.
  • H.B. 3369 makes no plan to ensure that misfueling does not occur or any plan to guarantee gasoline without ethanol will be available for older vehicles.

DON’T DELAY!  Please contact the Illinois House Revenue & Finance Committee members to request opposition to H.B. 3369.

Please e-mail a copy of your letter to Steve McDonald at  Also, please forward this Alert to your fellow car enthusiasts.  Urge them to join the SAN and help defend the hobby! Thank you for your assistance.

Illinois House Revenue & Finance Committee

To e-mail all Committee members, copy and paste the email address block below:;;;;


Representative Emily McAsey (Chair)

Phone: (217) 782-4179



Representative Carol Sente (Vice Chair)

Phone: (217) 782-0499



Representative Michael Tryon

Phone: (217) 782-0432



Representative Robyn Gabel

Phone: (217) 782-8052



Representative Brad Halbrook

Phone: (217) 558-1040



Representative Greg Harris

Phone: (217) 782-3835



Representative Naomi Jakobsson

Phone: (217) 558-1009



Representative Dwight Kay

Phone: (217) 782-8018



Representative David McSweeney

Phone: (217) 782-1517



Representative Charles Meier

Phone: (217) 782-6401



Representative Deborah Mell

Phone: (217) 782-8117



Representative Bill Mitchell

Phone: (217) 782-8163



Representative Thomas Morrison

Phone: (217) 782-8026



Representative Elaine Nekritz

Phone: (217) 558-1004



Representative Brandon Phelps

Phone: (217) 782-5131



Representative Patrick Verschoore

Phone: (217) 782-5970



Representative Michael Zalewski

Phone: (217) 782-5280



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