Illinois farmers, including those in McHenry County, now can seek free permits from the Illinois Department of Transportation to exceed weight limits on state highways during the 2018 harvest season thanks to a harvest emergency declaration issued recently by Gov. Bruce Rauner.
“The 63rd [House] District is home to an abundance of farmland, and this has been a tough summer for our farmers. By lifting these transport weight limits, Illinois farmers – including those right here in McHenry County – will now be able to move their crops from the field to the market more efficiently,” said state Rep. Steve Reick, R-Woodstock. “Farmers in other states already enjoy higher weight limits for transport during harvest season, and the governor’s recent action will help our farmers be more competitive.”
Rauner’s Sept. 7 announcement came only days after he signed legislation creating a permanent system of permits for Illinois farmers to obtain higher weight limits for the vehicles that transport crops during the harvest season. The new legislation, House Bill 5749, takes effect Jan. 1.
For information on obtaining the permits, visit webapps.dot.illinois.gov/ITAP.