CHICAGO (STMW) — The Illinois Tollway director said Monday that a proposed toll increase could be about 50 percent less and still keep the existing 286-mile system in good shape for the next 10 years.
Bill Morris said given the weak economy, it is too much to expect commuters to shoulder a 35-cent increase per toll, when a 15 cent one would be adequate.READ MORE: Bobcat Spotted, Photographed By Wildlife Ecologist At Will County Nature Preserve
“I don’t think it’s appropriate to do all of this increase at one time in this economy when we can get by with 15 cents,” Morris said.READ MORE: 'We Are Forcing Them To Listen' Protest Organizers Say Despite The Chauvin Verdict, Their Work Continues
Morris’ alternative proposal comes as a series of public hearings get under way this week to discuss the proposed 35-cent increase, which the Illinois State Tollway Authority unveiled in July. The Tollway board of directors was expected to vote on the increase at its Aug. 25 meeting.
But Morris said the 15-cent increase would allow for planned improvements to the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90), as well as the first phase of the Elgin-O’Hare West Bypass and an interchange linking the Tri-State Tollway (I-294) with Interstate 57. The board could then review the capital plan and toll rates every three years, Morris said.MORE NEWS: Mayor Lori Lightfoot Stands Behind CPD Supt. David Brown, Angrily Shoots Down Rumors He's On His Way Out
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