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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - An Illinois state senator says he wants to end a long-standing ban on Sunday automobile sales.

Sugar Grove Republican Jim Oberweis tells the Springfield bureau of Lee Enterprises newspapers that he wants to introduce legislation next year allowing Sunday vehicle sales.

The law requiring dealerships to close on Sundays went into effect in 1983. It was supported by car sellers, who said it would cut overhead, level the playing field and give employees a day off.

Violators can face a $1,500 fine.

Oberweis says the policy is "anti-consumer," and adds "it doesn't make a lot of sense."

But the president of Illinois Automobile Dealers Association says "the majority" of the industry wants the law to remain on the books.

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Information from: Herald & Review, http://www.herald-review.com

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