BOLINGBROOK, Ill. — State Rep. Dagmara “Dee” Avelar, D-Bolingbrook, is cracking down on junk fees that cost consumers an estimated $90 billion per year, with a new measure that holds businesses accountable for charges added on top of advertised purchase prices.

“Transparency is key in building trust between businesses and consumers. My colleagues and I are committed to re-establishing this trust with this first-of-its-kind requirement for businesses to disclose additional fees charged for a consumer’s purchase,” said Avelar. “Transparent advertising empowers consumers to make informed decisions. We must hold businesses accountable and guard against deceptive ads that prey on consumers’ trust. It’s time to put trust back in the marketplace.”

The Avelar-backed House Bill 4629 would require businesses to display all mandatory fees and charges they are adding on top of a purchase price. The bill also gives the attorney general’s office more authority to hold businesses accountable for not disclosing surprise fees — cracking down on these “convenience” or “processing” fees that many businesses use to charge more for everyday retail purchases and services including hotels and rental cars.

Rep. Dagmara
Rep. Dagmara “Dee” Avelar

85th District

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