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Message Posted: Mar 23, 2012 1:07:35 PM

In what's sure to draw the ire of many toll road commuters in not only Chicago, but all around the United States, an in-depth investigation by theChicago Tribune has found that the Illinois Toll-Road Authority raised tolls by 87.5% to start 2012, even as some employees collect tens of thousands in OT- all yielded from tolls you pay.

The top overtime earning employees in 2011 netted tens of thousands of dollars in their checks, and some collected as much as $39,041 just in overtime. Motorists should be outraged that the agency, and perhaps others across the U.S. continue to pay their employees six digit incomes by allowing such overtime to occur.

Gunnard Thompson may be one of the highest earning toll collectors in the nation...

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WEB0153
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Message Posted: Apr 18, 2013 4:54:30 AM

Unbelieve a bull !
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Donatelo
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2013 7:58:29 AM

it's a heck of a town.
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99dakota
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2013 3:43:12 AM

Who would have guessed!
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Donatelo
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Message Posted: Apr 12, 2013 8:46:17 AM

always something
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WanderDan
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Message Posted: Apr 11, 2013 11:36:46 PM

this is old news
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Tommyguns45
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Message Posted: Apr 11, 2013 8:50:02 AM

Some toll roads are privatized and can raise the prices what they want, they also took over the lottery in Illinois and are behind on their payment to the State. If I hit the lottery, Im taking my money and runnnnnnnn.
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priver
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Message Posted: Apr 9, 2013 9:59:44 PM

or they could subcontract it out and pay minimum wage. i'm jealous!
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WanderDan
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Message Posted: Apr 9, 2013 6:24:33 PM

how can this still be called "news"?
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gasokie
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Message Posted: Apr 9, 2013 1:47:48 PM

Sometimes it's cheaper to pay overtime than go out and hire new people. The largest drain things such as toll roads turns out to be employee theif.
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txrojo2005
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Message Posted: Apr 8, 2013 9:32:07 AM

Only in Chicago.
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Bill100
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Message Posted: Apr 8, 2013 6:56:29 AM

It would outrage me. It has be enough for me, though, that I have no intention of going to Chicago anytime in the foreseeable future and will try to steer clear of toll-ways if and when I do go.
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WanderDan
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Message Posted: Apr 7, 2013 10:49:50 PM

more ways they steal from us
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rickfro
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Message Posted: Apr 5, 2013 12:01:17 PM

If they have the work, good for them. The overtime may be cheaper than additional employees and benefits.
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WanderDan
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Message Posted: Apr 5, 2013 11:12:30 AM

yikes... are we to be surprised about price gouging.. the overtime pay is so they don't have to hire more people
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L98
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Message Posted: Apr 4, 2013 7:58:26 PM

overpaid monkeys
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ESP27
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Message Posted: Apr 4, 2013 5:02:51 PM

If they can stay awake for the extra hours more power to them. Not their fault the company is to chintzy to hire more workers.
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Vette1967
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Message Posted: Apr 3, 2013 12:35:18 AM

Now you know why there is no money to fix the roads.
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Message Posted: Apr 2, 2013 10:51:33 PM

Oh my.
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lesandliz
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Message Posted: Apr 2, 2013 8:18:50 PM

Glad I don't drive on toll roads.
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Message Posted: Jan 6, 2013 11:46:42 PM

good changes
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Gas4Gore
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Message Posted: Nov 28, 2012 4:59:42 PM

Good for them. soak-em for all that you can.
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Message Posted: Nov 28, 2012 1:02:33 AM

Big government can't control it's own expenses.
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rickfro
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Message Posted: Nov 27, 2012 11:59:04 PM

One of the private toll roads in San Diego had to be sold because the original company was charging too much and not enough people were traveling on it. The new owner's have dropped the price.
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Message Posted: Nov 27, 2012 6:39:39 PM

take public transportation then u don't have to pay the toll.
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Message Posted: Nov 27, 2012 3:19:02 PM

ok
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Message Posted: Nov 26, 2012 7:28:26 PM

Wow, the very government that's supposed to be protecting it's citizens is screwing them? Imagine that.
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cctech2012
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Message Posted: Nov 26, 2012 6:34:48 PM

So how long does it take to pay for a highway? It seems to never be paid for!
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Vette1967
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Message Posted: Nov 14, 2012 1:29:09 AM

Like Chicago...The NYS Thruway Authority is trying to hike up tolls for truckers by around 50%. That's about an extra $30. for a one way trip from Buffalo to Albany.
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werv4fun
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Message Posted: Nov 12, 2012 10:56:39 AM

Really, are you surprised? This is, after all, the home of Chicago mob rule.
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Message Posted: Nov 12, 2012 10:29:06 AM

ok
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Message Posted: Nov 12, 2012 9:22:47 AM

Toll ways are a ripoff.
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gaspumpin
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Message Posted: Nov 11, 2012 3:40:32 AM

Boycot the tollways!!!! We seem to be able to boycot everything else.
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Message Posted: Nov 10, 2012 12:13:11 PM

ok
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clpassenubye
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Message Posted: Nov 10, 2012 12:02:50 PM

This definitely doesn't sound like its above board so I hope there are some impartial investigations that change this.
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Message Posted: Nov 10, 2012 10:32:08 AM

Well done.
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Message Posted: Nov 9, 2012 6:35:54 PM

Time to find a work around
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Message Posted: Nov 9, 2012 4:46:26 PM

WOW
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Message Posted: Nov 1, 2012 7:24:54 PM

ok
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Message Posted: Nov 1, 2012 5:01:25 PM

Needless to say the high earners haven't included the cash that failed to meake it into the TollWay official coffers.
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Message Posted: Apr 10, 2012 6:04:44 PM

Just one of the effects of companies refusing to add additional employees that they need.
I know a dozen of professionals who are disgusted with working conditions and management expectations for them to put in extra time.
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clpassenubye
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Message Posted: Mar 29, 2012 12:51:12 PM

What a Ripoff!
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templar615
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Message Posted: Mar 27, 2012 10:12:58 AM

I hate tolls. the keep them long after they are suppose to and the roads are stillin bad condition and conjested!
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Message Posted: Mar 27, 2012 1:24:44 AM

remember when the toll was only supposed to be temporary!!!
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Message Posted: Mar 26, 2012 5:24:11 PM

I hate Chicago.
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Message Posted: Mar 26, 2012 1:38:18 PM

talk about getting taken....
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Message Posted: Mar 24, 2012 10:14:00 AM

OOPS!******
Once the toll roads are in place, the tolls or the toll road will never go away.
The price of fuel at the pump is too high!
12/22/2012!

[Edited by: tomok at 3/24/2012 10:17:48 AM EST]
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blupupher
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Message Posted: Mar 24, 2012 8:04:59 AM

it is a shame. Toll roads are nothing but a scam.
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tomok
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Message Posted: Mar 24, 2012 3:08:28 AM

Kinda the same situation with the local city bus line, TriMet. They were initially supplied with state taxpayer money and the organization spent lots of money for salaries and operations. The state government eventually required it to operate like a 'normal' business and TriMet had to raise rates.
After the steep rise in fuel rates a few years back, TriMet contracted with central and eastern Oregon growers to grow bio-fuels to have some kind of a price control for fuel purchases. Then the oil price dropped and that strategy has Not worked very well since then.
The price of fuel at the pump is too high!
12/22/2012!
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CVA19
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Message Posted: Mar 24, 2012 12:34:11 AM

And is anyone really surprised by this. After all, it is Chicago, with the best lubricated socialist.. I mean, democratic machine in the country.
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DerHahn
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Message Posted: Mar 23, 2012 10:35:36 PM

took an investigation for this? they've been writing this up for a long time even having links to look up what people are getting paid.
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