Antique vehicle use expands thanks to new law passed by Chesney

Antique vehicle use is expanded under a new law passed by State Representative Andrew Chesney which went into effect August 20th.

“Northwest Illinois loves a good car or truck show! Expanding use of antique vehicles allows for more opportunities for this form of outdoor recreation that so many in our region enjoy,” said Chesney. “Whenever there is an opportunity to reduce bureaucracy and red tape, I am always eager to assist,” Chesney continued.

The Governor signed into law House Bill 2548 to allow “Antique Expanded Use” vehicles to be driven without limitation for two additional months. Expanded-use antique vehicles are defined as being more than 25 years old or a “bona fide replica” and were previously limited to traveling to and from auto shows, exhibitions, service stations, and demonstrations during the colder months (November 1 through March 31) but could be driven without limitation during the warmer months (April 1- October 31). The new law expands the months without driving limitations to March 1 through November 30, allowing two additional months of unlimited use of these vehicles.

“Freeport Cruise Nights regularly attract over 1,000 cars cruising through Downtown Freeport. The event brings out more than 10,000 attendees. Expanding the use of these antique vehicles will lead to even more wholesome, family fun for those who enjoy classic cars and trucks in Illinois,” Chesney concluded.

Learn more about this and other legislation at Rep. Chesney’s website at