Illinois Set to Increase Toll Rates

By: Stephen Johnson
By: Stephen Johnson

An estimated 1.4 million drivers use Illinois toll roads each day, and come January 1, those motorists better be ready to pay up or find an alternate route to their destination.

Illinois highway tolls will nearly double starting tomorrow. The Belvidere toll plaza marks the most expensive rate along I-90 at a $1.50 for I-Pass users and $3.00 for motorists who use cash.
The state plans to use these extra funds to pay for a $12.1 billion expansion and improvement project for Illinois roads starting next year. It marks the first time in nearly three decades that tolls will hike for I-Pass users.

"If I take the other highways, that's the only way I can avoid it. But I know I need to take the tollway to get home. I think it's ridiculous because I don't think they're using the money for what they should be using it for. At one point it was to help the bridges and the schools”, says driver Glenn Vantrease.

Despite the big hike in toll prices, Illinois still ranks in the bottom third of tollway rates nationwide, well behind Florida who has 35 toll roads across the state.

Tollway leaders say the multi-billion dollar roads project will help cut congestion and create 120-thousand jobs...a lawsuit by taxpayers challenging the toll increase was thrown out by a judge earlier this month.

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  • by Jim Location: Roscoe on Jan 5, 2012 at 06:58 AM
    What a corrupt state Illinois is. AS soon as my children finish their schooling, I am out of this corrupt discgusting state. It sickens me that they are stealing from people and no one is doing anything about it. The last two governors are in jail and going to jail. Does that not set off a lightbulb?
  • by Tim Location: Rockford on Jan 4, 2012 at 05:57 AM
    Anyone who thinks democrats can run things better need only look to Illinois. Look at the corruption. Look at the stupidity in the thinking that the way to solve financial woes is to raise taxes/fees/etc. Look at the corruption with the unions. Libs love to bash hard working Republicans saying they're the "evil rich". Just look at some of your democrat leaders right here in Illinois: Rahm, Madigan, Quinn. They say they want to help the less fortunate, yet they've orchestrated things so that each of them are well off and protected from the confiscatory practices they want. They lie right to our faces, yet the sad thing is there are people who are continually duped by them. Until enough people wake up the democrats of Illinois will lead this state further down the road to ruin, lining their pockets every step of the way.
  • by Ron Location: New Mexico on Jan 3, 2012 at 04:45 PM
    Another reason I closed my business and left that state for sunny (and no tolls by the way) Albuquerque New Mexico. I told my wife taxes, tolls, and rising rates on utilities were going to happen within the next couple years and she didn't want to believe me but here is the wonderful state of Illinois (sarcasm) proving me right. Been in New Mexico 2 years and will never live in that corupt state called Illinois ever again and it's funny how the business prospers here as well without the high taxes and no tolls to use roads. I suggest you get out while you still have some of your money left.
  • by Anonymous Location: wi on Jan 2, 2012 at 07:08 AM
    we drive down pay 1.90 and go 4miles to 173 and get off ,then after visit get back on drive 4 miles and pay 1.90 to get home. how fair is that? we pay 3.80 for like 10 mile thanks il.
  • by John S Location: Mt Morris on Jan 1, 2012 at 03:24 PM
    A lot of other States have Toll roads. But Illinois put's tolls in prime traveling area's. Plus your bound to spend a lot more if you live around Chicago. As a truck driver I refrain from picking up around Chicago just because of the tolls. Its unfair because I remember originally that the tolls would go away after the roads were paid for. That was a joke on Illinois residents.
  • by RFD ramp rat on Jan 1, 2012 at 02:40 PM
    So the Illinois gov raises the taxes to pay for their budget shortfalls once again. How about they cut governments wasteful spending and quit giving citizens and businesses yet another reason to consider moving out of state.
  • by Rob Location: Roscoe on Jan 1, 2012 at 12:52 PM
    Florida has no income tax this is a tax on every item transported, along with ridiculous gas prices and high gas tax
  • by Don on Jan 1, 2012 at 11:07 AM
    That state has some very bad problems. And people keep electing those idiots. Now you have to pay higher tolls and electric rates. And that city of rockford looks sickly.
  • by Michelle Location: Rockford on Jan 1, 2012 at 10:30 AM
    I-Pass has only been around for 10 years so you cannot say that the tolls have not gone up for I-Pass users in three decades. Check your facts!
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      by Alex on Jan 3, 2012 at 06:36 PM in reply to Michelle
      Agree with Michelle. I know when I got my I-pass tolls were still only 40 cents and it has increased from there - including the I-pass users. I don't know how these politicians & big business sleep at night...not only the tolls but ComEd (I'm sure Nicor will be next) and wasn't it just last night that it was reported that gas projections are for near $5.oo/gallon this coming summer, plus there is no guarantee that our taxes won't be increasing in 2 months when that extension runs out. Can't say I'd go as far as Mike to want Blago back, but something has to give, people can't keep footing the bill for this mess. Wish I was able to pack up and leave this state, would if I could and would never look back!!! Welcome back Recession, closing my wallet NOW!!!
  • by Figures Location: Winnebago on Jan 1, 2012 at 10:15 AM
    And my resolution for this year is to move out of Illinois. And when I do, I will never come back! This state is a sewer.
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