DOWNERS GROVE – Gov. Pat Quinn signed a bill this week allowing the Illinois Tollway to publish the names of toll violators who owe more than $1,000 on the agency's website.
The bill follows a crackdown by the agency last September when it filed administrative judgments against the scofflaws in court. The Tollway filed 187 administrative judgments and collected nearly $500,000, according to the agency.
It began publishing the violators names this week with an initial "Super Scofflaw" list of 157 businesses that the Tollway filed lawsuits against in circuit court, as well as an estimated dollar amount for each. In all, these scofflaws owe the Tollway nearly $3.7 million.
The lone Downers Grove business on the list is Workman Land Survey, which the Tollway said owes $26,699 in fines and missed tolls.
Its owner Bill Workman and several other business on the list dispute claims made by the Tollway that it contacted each of the violators at least nine times and offered multiple opportunities to enter into a settlement agreement, including the option to use a payment plan to settle their debts.
He said in a phone interview that the unpaid tolls occurred when he cancelled a stolen credit card that he forgot was linked to an I-Pass transponder.
"We called them and told them the situation – 'We forgot to update our credit card, can we just pay the tolls or whatever?'" he said. "They said they were going to set up a hearing. They never set it up. They never contacted me."
Businesses in other cities told the Chicago Tribune similar accounts, and said they were not contacted by the Tollway, nor offered payment plans.
Most of the businesses on the list are trucking companies and transportation businesses like limousine and taxi services.
The list includes 47 businesses who owe less than $5,000, 36 who owe from $5,000 to $9,999, 34 who owe $10,000 to $24,999, 17 who owe $25,000 to $49,999, 15 who owe $50,000 to $99,999 and eight who owe $100,000 or more.
The top violator on the list is Linda Transport of Frankfort, which the Tollway claims owes $214,859.10.