Bill Would List Toll Violators Online

May 6, 2013

Credit Illinois Tollway

Illinois lawmakers are considering a measure intended to encourage repeat tollway scofflaws to pay their debts. Anyone who owes more than a thousand dollars could have their name listed online. Republican Representative Ron Sandack from Downers Grove objects. He says Illinois should not create a "website of shame."

"I'd rather have the law say: by a certain date and after certain notices, the tollway authority will go to collection, will hire an outside attorney, and will seek to get the money that's owed. But his shaming concept, I think, is a dangerous precedent, and I would urge a no vote." -Rep. Ron Sandack

The legislation failed by one vote. But a freshman lawmaker says she meant to vote in favor of the website.The sponsor can call the bill for a re-vote as early as this week.

Illinois Public Radio's Brian Mackey contributed to this report