tollway employees would face criminal background checks under a reform
measure recommended Feb. 20 by a toll authority committee, The Chicago
Sun Times reported.
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.
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.
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.
faces a formal vote next week by tollway board members.