Move blocks use of Illinois tolls to balance state's books

| 9/9/2003

An attempt to use toll revenue to balance Illinois' books has been blocked by the state's attorney general, The Chicago Tribune reported recently.

The state's governor, Rod Blagojevich, wanted to move $19 million paid by toll road users to the general fund. The newspaper reported that Lisa Madigan, the state's attorney general, contended the transfer might not be legal, prompting a delay.

State Treasurer Judy Baar Topinka contended the transfer might prompt suits against the state by holders of tollway bonds.