Highway Robbery: Illinois Toll Traps?

Having just gone through the state of Illinois from Ohio en route to gladly see the Badlands, Custer State Park and Wind Cave in South Dakota (among other places), it now sadly appears I went through a toll trap state! Why? Today I received an appalling "Illinois Tollway Notice of Toll Violation" demanding $62.60!

In Ohio and other states I've travelled through, it is impossible to bypass a toll. You get off at the exit you want and pay or you come to a complete stop and pay before continuing on. Everybody must stop. It's not that way in Illinois.

Here it appears, driving at night, I bypassed three tolls since I didn't believe they were exits I wanted and kept on driving. I honestly do remember once, undoubtedly the last one bypassed, that it looked like folks were getting right back on but I didn't look back for too long to see for sure since I was driving forward.

I called the toll-free number to question and complain and offer to pay the proper toll but not the outrageous amount they were out to get. I spoke with Tamika who said the tolls amounted to 1) $0.80, 2) $0.80, and 3) $1.00 with TWENTY DOLLARS FINE FOR EACH violation, due to confusion over their system, totalling $62.60!

Unpaid Toll


Total Amount Due or this or that other threat:
$62.60! $62.60 for $2.80 tolls!


I wasn't out to rip off the Illinois Tollway but it appears this "road rage" - this outrageous and exorbitant fine - is meant to take advantage of drivers unfamiliar with Illinois road ways. It appears the Illinois Tollway have worded the bill to completely cover themselves and offers no understanding or compromise. We'll see. I'll be glad to update folks if it's otherwise and Illinois is found reasonable after all, as I'm sending this published report to them when I request my written hearing. At the very least, I hope I've helped to save some innocent folks money who must pass through Illinois: beware the Illinois tolls!

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I drive back and forth to Chicago, and have an EZ-pass toll transponder, which works on the Illinois Tollways. So I'm familiar with the road and the toll collection methods.

Illinois Tollways replaced the traditional toll booths in the past few years. The inside lanes of most, if not all tollbooths along the major highways, were replaced with gantries to read the transponders. This eliminated the need to stop for those of us with transponders. The outside lanes are still the traditional tollbooths with toll collectors.

As you approached each toll point, there are large overhead signs. The signs direct those with EZ-Pass or I-Pass to use the middle lanes, and those using CASH to keep to the right.

For it to happen once, I can understand. Did it myself on the NY Thruway before I got my EZ-Pass. But seriously, you didn't wonder why you were passing tollbooths? 3 times? You can't use "It was nighttime, I didn't see the signs" when protesting a speeding ticket. The tollbooths are well lit, and as I said earlier, the signs are large, and posted over the travel lanes well in advance of each toll point. Sorry, but you'll need to pay the fines.

You'll be able to get an EZ-Pass later this year from the Ohio Turnpike, and never have to worry again. Consider it a good lesson and pay more attention to the overhead signs next time.

I explained myself honestly and clearly. I wasn't looking for any exit until the one I wanted, it was night, and it's not like what I am accustomed to as an Ohioan, as well as having travelled without trouble on plenty of other tolls in many states.

I received my letter to respond with my side for their "hearing." I sent my article and a money order for $2.60. They won't get another cent from me and hopefully this experience will save others money.

Yesterday, July 18th 2009, I received a fine from the Illinois Department of Transportation for $62 for missing three tolls in April 2008. Since it was over a year, I could not recall why or how I missed a toll. Could it be the perpetual construction on the toll road and the exits and entry roads? Could it be the poorly marked exit and entry ramps? I am a very alert and conscientious driver. If I missed a toll, it is because it was not clearly marked. Many Wisconsin residents have been hit by the cameras and unfairly or unreasonably fined, including those with IPASS. It doesn't surprise anyone, given Illinois' history of corruption, mismanagement and very rude drivers. It is Big Brother with a case of booze and a bag of dope. All I know is that, after I pay my fine, I will never drive to Illinois again. Several other ripped off Wisconsin residents are in agreement with me.

How on earth do you end up on a toll road and not realize it? You MUST pass a series of booths and lit signs ... TWICE, each time you travel a toll road.

No wonder I've avoided DBA's threads. The man's a moron.

I drive 90 all the time through Illinois, and the only way to get through it smoothly is to use EZ-Pass.

The thing with the toll road is that in several places there are toll plazas where drivers are either supposed to take a detour off the main expressway and go through a toll gate, pay the toll, and get back on the expressway OR choose the alternative, which is to keep right on driving past the snarl of backed up traffic - no kidding, you can really do this - in which case your EZPass takes a hit for a buck or so.

I've already busted the gates more than once before I got my EZPass, and never heard a word about it. Moreover, you can actually get into the wrong lane and not be able to get back over because of the traffic.

Mad Jack
Mad Jack's Shack

Read it again and don't be too hard on yourself when you see I did realize I was on a toll road but I didn't realize I was supposed to get off at "exits" I wasn't looking for and didn't want.

if nothing else, at least you got a chance to speak 'with Tamika'...

Subject: JULY 1st - New Photo Enforcement

FYI: Received this email this morning. Thought I would pass it along.

Illinois will begin using photo radar in freeway work zones in July. One mile per hour over the speed limit and the machine will get you a nice $375.00 ticket in the mail. Beginning July 1st, the State of Illinois will begin using the speed cameras in areas designated as "Work Zones" on major freeways. Anyone caught by these devices will be mailed a $375.00 ticket for the FIRST offense. The SECOND offense will cost $1000.00 and comes with a 90-Day suspension. Drivers will also receive demerit points against their license, which allow insurance companies to raise Insurance rates.
This is the harshest penalty structure ever set for a governmental unit involving PHOTO speed enforcement. The State already has two camera vans on line issuing tickets 24/7 in work zones with speed limits lowered to 45 MPH. Photos of both the Driver's face and License plate are taken. Pass this on to everyone you know who might be affected!!!
For more info: http://www.dot.state.il.us/press/r033005.html



The article is somewhat dated, however it looks like the chief moonbat supported traffic cameras. From the article: Gov. Blagojevich has set of goal of reducing traffic deaths to fewer than 1,000 a year by 2008.

In the second city of the anti-freedom fascists, nothing is too outrageous if it helps the cause. Give Blago and the other moonbats credit where it's due:

From Illinois Traffic Deaths and Accidents Drop In 2008

The Illinois Department of Transportation reports that 1,043 people died on Illinois roads last year, the lowest number since 1923.

Tough luck, Rod. You missed it by that much! But not to worry, a brand new set of problems has presented itself.

From AP Press: Even in disgrace, Blagojevich finds the spotlight

Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich has been rejected by the people of his state, bounced out of office by legislators and indicted by federal prosecutors. But, according to all the evidence, he has a promising career on the sleaze circuit along with his foul mouthed, slovenly wife.

Illinois likes traffic cameras, and it appears that a few more will be installed in spite of the problems that have been discovered with the cameras in service.

From AP Press: Bill would install speed cams on bridge

From the article: The Illinois House on Tuesday afternoon passed a bill to install cameras on Martin Luther King Bridge in East St. Louis that will automatically snap photos of speeding motorists. The bill came in response to News-Democrat stories about the high death toll on the 55-year-old span.

The thing is, the News-Moonbat is referring to 14 deaths in 10 years. That is fewer than 1% per year of the total highway deaths. The moonbats want to turn this into a profit center.

When safety experts were consulted, Safety experts interviewed had blamed the high MLK death rate on its narrow width, location off a major highway and the absence of a centerline barrier to prevent cross-over crashes. But since making improvements to the bridge would not bring in any additional revenue, traffic enforcement cameras were the logical choice. Naturally, these are not moving violations and so do not give the criminal motorist points on their license.

The State could have built a barrier to prevent cross over crashes, which account for all the fatalities. But no. Cameras are better!

We already see this kind of thinking in Toledo and in a lot of Ohio. I wonder when we'll see this camera system in Toledo. Oh, wait... my bad!

Mad Jack
Mad Jack's Shack

If folks haven't already signed the petition to get rid of the unconstitutional red light cameras in Toledo, please do so soon!


how can I get an EZ-Pass?

Until the lion writes his own story, the tale of the hunt will always glorify the hunter (African proverb)

Hopefully I've saved you some money to spend on yourself. : - )

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