Illinois tollway employees face background checks

| 2/21/2003

All Illinois tollway employees would face criminal background checks under a reform measure recommended Feb. 20 by a toll authority committee, The Chicago Sun Times reported.

The proposal follows news reports of felons working for the Illinois State Toll Highway Authority and calls from political leaders for reform at the agency, which collects about $1 million a day in tolls.

The new security measure would require fingerprinting and background checks on about 1,400 employees – most hired before 1999, the year the tollway began doing background checks on new employees.

About 500 other employees who were hired since then and already have fingerprints on file will undergo new background checks by Illinois State Police to determine whether any had been convicted of a serious crime since they were hired, tollway officials said.

The measure faces a formal vote next week by tollway board members.