Illinois Collects $5M In Unpaid Tolls

Thousands of Indiana motorists owed money

By Hannah Chanpong
|  Friday, Jan 28, 2011  |  Updated 12:00 PM CDT
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Illinois Collects $5M In Unpaid Tolls

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Indiana drivers paid almost $5 million to Illinois in unpaid tolls, the Chicago Tribune reports.

The drivers found out about the fines in August, when the Illinois Tollway mailed 85,000 bills to Indiana. Some face booth-skipping fines from as far back as 2008. They weren't notified earlier because the tollway's notification system was mistakenly left shut off.

The amount due was more like $7 million -- but the amount received is more than officials expected, according to the Tribune.

One woman from Lisle owed the state $50,000 back in 2009, when more than a million people were affected by a notification lapse. Tracy Patterson said tollway authorities made changes to her I-Pass account without telling her.

But officials created a ticket amnesty program for qualifying drivers that year -- Patterson settled her bill by paying a $612 fine.

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