CHICAGO, Ill -- Governor Pat Quinn signed two laws Monday that will crack down on unauthorized use of handicap parking placards.
The law is designed to help those with a disability find parking and help municipalities crack down on abuse that raises costs for taxpayers.
"People who rely on handicap parking should not be victimized by those who would use fraudulent placards," Governor Quinn said. "These laws will ensure more fairness and fight fraud across Illinois."
The first law increases the initial fine for unauthorized use of a disability license plate or parking decal from $500 to $600. It also doubles the initial fine from $500 to $1000 for creating or possessing fraudulent disability plates and using a genuine disability placard in the absence of the authorized holder.
The first law also imposes a fine of $1000 on a physician or other health care professional who falsifies a certification for a person who does not entitle him or her to a disability plate or decal.
The second law makes the use of a deceased person's handicap placard a Class A misdemeanor with a minimum fine of $25,000 and mandatory revocation of driving privileges.