board of the Illinois State Toll Highway Authority is trying to
find a way to pay for its operations next fiscal year without
raising tolls, The Chicago Tribune reported Aug. 22, but whether
it will accomplish that goal is still up in the air.
previous administration at the toll agency said that without a
toll hike, no money would be left in the agency’s budget by the
fourth quarter of 2004, the newspaper reported.
than raising tolls, agency officials told the newspaper, the toll
authority will look at operational changes, layoffs, looking for
other revenue besides tolls, and even borrowing to pay for road
Illinois State Toll Highway Authority maintains and operates 274
miles of interstate tollways in 12 counties in Northern Illinois,
including the East-West Tollway (I-88), the North-South Tollway
(I-355), the Northwest Tollway (I-90) and the Tri-State Tollway
(I-94, I-294, I-80/I-294).