Tollbooth scofflaws with a guilty conscious in Illinois got some good
news this week. They have 60 days to pay up at discounted rates under a
one-time amnesty program signed into law by Gov. Rod Blagojevich.
The toll road reform law gives motorists who avoided paying tolls in
Illinois until Oct. 21 to pay a percentage of missed tolls and fines, which
jump from $20 to $70 per violation when ignored.
Motorists with up to 25 violations will be allowed to pay 50 percent of
the original tolls and fines; those with 26 to 50 violations will pay 60 percent;
and anyone with more than 50 violations will be allowed to pay 75 percent of
what they owe, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.
Folks who fail to come clean during the amnesty period would be subject
to the full fines and could have their vehicles towed, booted or impounded.
Their accounts could be referred to a collection agency.
In the past five years, the state has suspended more than 31,000
license plates and 3,200 driver’s licenses belonging to motorists who failed to
pay Illinois tollbooths, the newspaper reported.
Each week, 2,000 license plates are marked for suspension.
In anticipation of the governor’s signature on the amnesty program, the
suspensions stopped late last month. They will start up again when the program
“Drivers who cheat their fellow Tollway users have learned an expensive
lesson that violating the law is no longer tolerated,” Illinois Tollway
Executive Director Jack Hartman said in a written statement. “The Tollway
amnesty program is a last chance for violators to settle delinquent violations
and clean their slate.”