Judge Dismisses Lawsuit To Block Toll Hikes

CHICAGO (CBS) — A Cook County judge has rejected an anti-tax advocate’s bid to block the nearly 90 percent rate hike scheduled to go into effect on the Illinois Tollway system next year.

Judge Rita Novak dismissed a lawsuit challenging the Illinois Toll Highway Authority’s right to raise tolls.

Jim Tobin, president of Taxpayers United of America, filed the lawsuit in September. He said he’s lost a battle but not his war to eliminate the toll hike and the entire state tollway system.

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Tobin said the Illinois Toll Highway Authority, created in the 1950s, should not exist at all anymore, much less still collecting tolls.

“When they passed the Tollway bill in 1953, they promised ‘free in ’73.’ It was supposed to be free in 1973,” Tobin said.

The suit claimed the Toll Authority violated state law by failing to convert the state’s tollways to freeways decades ago, after the original bonds to fund construction were paid off.

Taxpayers United has 30 days to either file an amended complaint or appeal Novak’s ruling, which essentially upholds the 87.5 percent toll hike set to take effect on Jan. 1.

Tobin said he’ll continue his fight to eliminate the Tollway system.

  • Tom

    Another idiot judge! How much is the toll boss lining her pocket? Everything is going up from taxes, toll, etc The way it going, we can not afford to live in Illinois no more. Paying for pension like this judge will bankrupt the state even more!

  • Bob

    I agree. The tolls are a ripoff and a bottleneck and our taxes are no lower because of them. I’m glad someone is trying to organize to get rid of them instead the usual apathy from all the rest.

  • Bill S.

    Hey boys and girls! Didn’t you hear about the Golden Rule? MONEY TALKS — BS WALKS!

    • J

      No wait, Its those who have the gold make the rules

  • JOE B

    time to vote that judge out of power , He sits in his office and does not have to drive for a living like all the rest of us . If I raised my prices like that I WOULD BE OUT OF WORK..TIME 4 A REVOLUTION

    • Bill S.

      The only way to stop these mfkrs is to stay off the toll road and let the BMW and Mercedes people have an open-road. They can afford it; we cannot.

  • Toonces

    BOYCOTT JAN. 1. The end!

    • Eddie Murphy Jr.

      I’m with YOU! Boycott! Make those CEO’s of the tollway get a working-mans’s job!

    • J

      Im with you, Im changing my driving habits.

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