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Illinois Funds E85 Fueling Stations

Illinois is making $500,000 in funding available to establish new E85 (85% ethanol, 15% gasoline) facilities at retail gasoline outlets in the state.

My administration is committed to working to reduce gas prices by supporting ethanol as a practical alternative. With soaring gas prices, ethanol is a cleaner-burning and cheaper alternative that also creates jobs in Illinois. We will do all that we can to support ethanol, and to support higher ethanol blends such as E85. This is an important step in the right direction.

—Illinois Governor Gov. Rod Blagojevich

The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity’s (DCEO) E85 program will provide up to 50% of the total cost for converting an existing facility (maximum grant of $2,000 per site) to E85 operation, or for the construction of a new refueling facility (maximum grant of up to $40,000 per facility). Individuals or companies operating retail gasoline facilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

The $500,000 in funding for the new E85 Clean Energy Infrastructure Development Program is through a grant from the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation to DCEO.

Gov. Blagojevich signed legislation in 2003 that eliminated the state sales tax for E85 fuel, pricing it competitively with unleaded gasoline. E-85 fuel now typically runs 13 to 15 cents per gallon less than regular unleaded gasoline.

Earlier this year, the governor also issued an Executive Order (# 7) requiring state employees to use E85 fuel whenever practical. The State of Illinois operates one of the largest fleets of E85 FFVs (flexible fuel vehicles) in the country.


Dwight R. Lawler

Congratulations on your vision for the future. E-85 fuel is the best kept secret in the U.S. All Big Three manufacturers produce engines designed to burn this fuel; yet the majority of the general public don't know anything about it. Those that do don't know where to get the fuel. Big oil just doen't bother to make it available because it is not in their business interests.

Think about the potential impact this fuel along with the 20% plus content of Bio-Diesel could have on our ability to begin a 10 year National plan to be Energy Independent. Our farmers benefit, the American people benefit from cleaner air and that good all American feeling to tell the OPEC Cartel take your oil and shove it....

Keep up the good work and include some funds for a national educational drive to bring the American people aboard by making them aware of your renewable fuel vision for America.

Dwight R. Lawler
8119 Fenton Road
Grand Blanc, Michigan 48439


Why is this technology not being pushed by Bush and Co.?
The make up of the fuel alone lends itself to an automatic 85% decrease in gasoline consumption.

I think the major problem is public awareness.


It is being pushed. Did you see the speeches today? The president is trying to get congress to get him a energy bill by August. I wish it was sooner but that is where we are at. I'm in illinois and there are currently only about 20 E-85 gas stations in the state. The Govenor hopes to have 100 by the end of 2006 but for this to gain acceptance they need to speed that up and get awareness out. But this will be a huge win for America. Biofuels are american made, helping jobs, cleaner burning, helping environment, and not dependant on foreign oil!

P Byers

My friends are amazed when I tell them that my Mini-Van runs on E-85 that costs $1.75 per gallon when unleaded is running around$2.50!

In the rural areas of Illinois, many of us have to drive further to reach our jobs, and high gas prices hurt a lot. The repeal of the IL State sales tax on E85 is a great idea that will encourage others to look into this option.

Cliff Anderson

I would like to know if the car's I have can run on E85 or if there is a kit to install so they can run on E85, I like the ideal of the lower cost, but I really like the ideal that we can cut out some of the oil from oversea's and also this is a way to help our farmers, I think this is a win win for the US.
my auto are
1997 Mercury Grand Marquis V8
2000 Chrysler Town & Country Minivan
2001 Missubishi Montero Limited v6

Marcio Pugina

I would just like to say that as a conservative Republican I want nothing more than to see the end of Americans funding and dependence on terrorist nations oil. I hate the idea that every time I fill up at the gas station that I have helped fund the very people our troops are fighting. I am making my own ethanol still in hopes of no longer aiding our enemies through the purchase of the aweful and polluting oil monster. Lets put "conservation" back into "conservative".

J. Robert Lee

You can check to see if your vehicle runs on E85 at the website
I also agree, as a conservative lets keep the air clean and lets keep our money in the U.S. and stop sending the money over seas.


Why should I use E85 if price is the same as for unleaded and the consumption of E85 is greater than regular fuel? Used Marathon 815 West Rand Road, Arlington Heights, IL. Price for E85 and unleaded - 2.29, vehicle - 2006 Chevy Suburban.

Steve Macholz

I have a 1999 ford ranger than can run on e-85. At first I thought it was a good idea. If i was a grain farmer I would still think that it is a good idea. There is no current sales tax in Illinois on e-85 and it is usually around .10 cent a gallon less than regular gas. I get on the average 4 miles less per gallon. I wonder why if there is a problem in the middle east and gas goes up .15 to .20 cents a gallon over night that e-85 also goes up and is kept about .10 cents per gallon. I feel that I am getting ripped off by who ever is controlling the price on e-85. I would never decide to by a car just because it ran on e-85.


i have two chrysler vans running e85,reg unleaded is $2.45 to $2.65 and e85 is $2.19 you decide,plus it's american made,

Rick Bartanen

I agree with Dina & J. R. Lee's comments.My town's F.S. gas station recently started selling E-85 at a few cents cheaper. But if you figure the expected loss of 15% m.p.g. then what is the point? E-85 can be sold much cheaper than it is & still make good profit. Once again, consumers are being legally & politically gouged.

Millie Van Cura

I'm having a problem, finding stations that sell E-85. When, and where are, these places, in and around Aurora Il.? Thank you.


I'm sorry to blunt your optimism, but I'm not sure I see the point in this. All cars can except a blend with 10% ethanol. Currently our gas to ethanol relationship is about 96% gas to 4% ethanol. That means we can use up all of our ethanol and only 40% of our gas would have a 10% ethanol blend mixed in. So there's really no point to an 85% blend. If we get over the magic number of producing enough so that more than 10% of supply is ethanol so that flex fuel vehicles are needed, we are going to have to import literally tons and tons of food. Food prices will shoot up through the roof, as a result there will be lots of inflation and people will suffer. People are already suffering in Mexico because of the tripling of the price of corn. People here can handle it because our poor and their poor are in different leagues, but at what point does that change? I'm just trying to advise some caution in these endeavors. We may be going too far too fast. When you are playing with food supply, you can have serious repercussions on society.


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