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Illinois Tollway suing worst scofflaws

Vehicles approach Waukegan PlazI-94 pay tolls this Jan. 2 2012 file photo. | Curtis Lehmkuhl~Sun-Times Media

Vehicles approach Waukegan Plaza on I-94 to pay tolls in this Jan. 2, 2012 file photo. | Curtis Lehmkuhl~Sun-Times Media

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Updated: October 9, 2012 2:31PM

If you’ve got outstanding violations for unpaid tolls, you’d better pay up, or you may find yourself in court.

Seeking to recover some of the more than $300 million in unpaid tolls, the Illinois Tollway on Thursday announced plans to pursue its worst toll violators by filing lawsuits against them. The agency plans to begin filing its first administrative judgments in circuit court on Friday in hopes of collecting on the estimated 1.2 million unpaid violation notices.

Up to this point, the Illinois Tollway has sent these violators at least five notices, called them at least four times and offered them multiple chances to enter a settlement agreement with the option to use a payment plan to settle the debt, according to a written statement from tollway officials.

The entire process can take between nine months and more than two years from the time a violator receives a first violation notice to the point at which a judgment is filed in court. Sun-Times Media

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