The Illinois Tollway is hoping to shame toll deadbeats into paying up. The Tollway posted the names of its worst offenders—called "super scofflaws"--on its website.
At the top of the list is a Frankfort company that owes almost $215,000 in unpaid tolls. In total, 157 companies, owing the agency a combined $3.7 million, are now on the violator list.
The new website was signed into law by Governor Pat Quinn this week. In order for a company, or even a person, to make this list, they must owe more than $1,000 in unpaid tolls and fines.
According to the state, even though companies are listed as of today, individual drivers could soon also find their names on the list.
Drivers had mixed reaction about that concept.
"I feel like you have to have some ownership, you should be paying. I'm all for it," says Allison Wall.
Norman Lambot disagrees, saying, "I don't like that idea. They could give them warnings, once or twice and if not then they should put their name."
"If it was me, I wouldn't like it, I suppose," another driver, Rob Cronin, adds. "But, then again, I don't think I'd ever let it get to that point where I would owe that much."
Similar toll shaming has been done in other states, like Texas. There, they list people's names, hometowns and what they owe.
The state agency in Illinois says it depends on these tolls to maintain its 286 miles of roadways in a dozen northern counties.
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