Tolls in Illinois Rise For a 3rd Year in a Row:

Looking back at 2015, trucks faced a 40% increase in the amount they pay to Illinois highway tolls and another 10% rise in 2016.  Following this trend, trucks will face another 10% increase in January of 2017.  This three year increase is contributing to the $12 billion / 15 year Illinois highway project that began in 2011.  The plan is to widen and rebuild the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (Interstate 90) which allows travel from Chicago to Rockford.  In addition they plan to construct a new interchange as part of the Elgin O’Hare that would connect the Tri-State tollway (I-294) to (I-57) while building a new Illinois route 390 and I-490 tollway.  Due to this toll increase trend, several alternate routes have become more attractive of an option if time is a non-concern.   Truck drivers throughout Illinois ask themselves if the congestion around Chicago is worth the price they are paying in tolls.  An approximate hour and fifteen minutes is saved by using the tollway to get to Rockford rather than taking side routes but at the expense of $30 paid in tolls.  Could this become a safety issue for drivers if they routinely avoid the price of the toll?  Read the full article in the Transport Topics Magazine issued week of October 31st, 2016.