Illinois tollway looks for ways to not raise tolls

| 8/22/2003

The 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.

The 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.

Rather 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 work.

The 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).