Letter: Too late to complain about increasing highway tolls

By on January 5, 2012

During the next few weeks, newspaper editors and talk show hosts will be inundated with protests for having to pay the new high toll/tax to use Illinois’ highways.

I say “too bad!” These same complainers have had many opportunities to do something about this unfair toll/tax, but could not find the time to get off their fat behinds and do something. Now they’re crying.

Arrogant Tollway Executive Director Kristi Lafleur has said that she is not worried; ultimately drivers that try alternate routes will come back. Time will tell. For me I’m doing the alternate route and leaving the paying of this unfair toll/tax to the “Wall Street—1 percent.” I could not afford to use these roads even when they were half the price.

I have heard that Taxpayers United of America (TUA) is the only known group today working aggressively toward getting rid of the Illinois Tollway Authority, ending this unfair toll/tax and 60 years of corruption. Remember that in the 1950s, when Illinois state legislators were selling us on a tollway system, they promised that the toll authority would be gone by now and that the highways would be toll free. As soon as I get this letter written I’m contacting the TUA to see how I can help.

Russell Johnson
Sugar Grove