A small gathering
of protesters met Dec. 16 outside the Illinois State Toll Highway
Authority's administration building demanding reforms they think would
represent toll-paying motorists' interests, The Chicago Tribune reported. The event marked the 229th anniversary of the Boston Tea
representing the Citizen Advocacy Center, dangled a teabag as she
asked the authority to withdraw plans to increase tolls until a management
audit is complete and its recommendations are implemented. Klaper
insisted the agency fix the original 274-mile road network before
laying any extensions.
tea tax imposed on tea shipments to the first European colonists of
this country, tollway motorists are tired of paying tolls without
representation of their interests at the Illinois State Toll Highway
Authority," she said to eight demonstrators outside the agency's
Downers Grove offices.
state lawmakers to pass legislation that would require the agency,
which is primarily funded by toll revenues, to submit its annual budget
request to the Legislature.
demonstration came as a proposal to impose the first across-the-board
toll increase in 19 years looms.
Facing a financial
crisis and a series of major road repairs, the authority has proposed
raising the tolls to 75 cents, the newspaper reported. The agency
has since put off the plan following a public backlash.