Tollway to start taking scofflaws to court
Updated: October 24, 2012 10:05PM
If you’ve got outstanding violations for unpaid tolls in Illinois, you’d better pay up, or you may find yourself in court. The Illinois Tollway on Thursday announced plans to pursue its worst toll violators by filing lawsuits against them in court. The agency plans to begin filing its first administrative judgments in circuit court on Friday.
Up to this point, the Illinois Tollway has sent these violators at least five notices, called them at least four times and offered them multiple opportunities to enter a settlement agreement with the option to use a payment plan to settle the debt, a release from the Tollway said. Overall, the entire process takes nine months to more than two years from the time a violator receives a first violation notice from the Tollway to the point at which a judgment is filed in court.
The agency also will increase coordination with the Illinois State Police District 15, which patrols all 286 miles of the Tollway system, to identify vehicles with suspended license plates. Violators of this offense could face fines of up to $2,000.