Tollway posts list of ‘super’ toll violators who owe at least $1,000
BY ROSALIND ROSSI Transportation Reporter August 28, 2013 3:18PM
Updated: August 29, 2013 2:30AM
Flexing day-old powers, the Illinois Tollway on Wednesday published the names of 157 “super scofflaws” who owe the tollway a total $3.7 million in fines and at least $1,000 each.
The tollway published the list online a day after Gov. Pat Quinn signed a bill allowing the agency to do so.
Topping the “Illinois Tollway Super Scofflaws” list was Landa Transport, a Frankfort trucking company accused of turning its back on $214,859.10 in tollway fines.
It was joined by a host of trucking, construction-related, and transportation companies – including limo and cab services. Even a Maywood day care center accused of owing more than $19,600 in tollway fines hit the super scofflaws list.
“If seeing your company’s name on this list becomes an incentive for you to pick up the phone and call us to settle your debt, then we’ve achieved our goal,’’ said Illinois Tollway Executive Director Kristi Lafleur in a news release.
“Anything less would be unfair to the 98 percent of Tollway customers who pay their tolls on time.’’
Tollway Board Chair Paula Wolff noted that tolls are a “significant source of revenue’’ for maintaining and improving the tollway system, which receives no state or federal funding for maintenance or operations. More than 1.4 million vehicles travel the Illinois Tollway daily.
The list reflects 157 businesses that the Tollway has filed lawsuits against. Each has been contacted at least nine times and offered “multiple opportunities to enter into a settlement agreement, including the option to use a payment plan to settle their debts,’’ according to the Tollway news release.
To resolve their debts, violators were encouraged to contact the phone number listed on their collection agency notice.