Some Support Toll Hike If It Puts People Back To Work

SCHAUMBURG, Ill. (CBS) — A few people say they will go along with higher tolls if it puts them back to work.

As CBS 2’s David Morrison reports, more than 100 people turned out for a meeting on the Illinois Toll Highway Authority’s $12 billion capital construction plan, called Move Illinois, at the Schaumburg Prairie Center for the Arts, 201 Schaumburg Ct.

LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio’s David Roe reports

The 15-year expansion plan would be paid for partially by tollway users – 35 cents more for I-Pass customers, and 70 cents for cash payers.

Many union workers, engineers and others that support the plan say the promised 120,000 jobs is definitely needed. The Chicago Tribune reports some of those jobs will last 10 years.

But opponents said the toll hike will cramp their already tight budgets, the Tribune reported.

Last week at a standing-room only hearing in Lake County, the prospect of jobs and relief from congestion appeared to outweigh concerns about the toll hike.

Some were concerned over the hefty increases, but as at the Schaumburg meeting, a majority of the speakers – well-represented by engineers and union building trades – favored the huge tollway plan.

Revenue from the toll hike would pay for a number of new projects: reconstruction of the Jane Addams Tollway, reconstruction I-90 from O’Hare International Airport to Rockford for the first time in 50 years, construction of a south suburban interchange between I-294 and I-57 and construction of an additional leg of the Elgin-O’Hare Expressway that still connects neither Elgin nor O’Hare.

  • Truth

    Nobody in their right mind supports a toll hike!!! The tolway authority already doubled the toll back when Blagovich was in office and now they want even MORE money; what the phuck?!

  • Jim

    Yes Unions are sending their representatives to try to make this sound like a good thing. I just hope that these morons can differentiate between a regular taxpayer vs. someone with a vested interest. Unions are paying people to go to these meetings while the real voices of the people are going to fight another tax increase by our corrupt politicians. They say it will create jobs…of course it will, but in the name of Socialism. Why not just tax at 100% and disperse the funds equally between people that don’t want to work a day in their life and the hard working Americans? It sounds like that’s the way our country is going…

    • LOTD

      @ Jim. I could not have said it better myself, thank you!!!! Does anyone think any NON-union contractor could even bid on these jobs?? And still these IDiOT voters in IL will keep voting for democrats!!!

  • southside

    It is not the objective of the toll authority to create jobs! The toll authority exists to create NEEDED roads and to pay for them in the quickest, least expensive way possible.

  • Shauneekwa

    We need more black, fat and lazy toll collectors huffing and puffing on their menthol cigarettes while they “work.”

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