Cost of the Algonquin Bypass

Now that the election season is (almost) behind us, perhaps we can start thinking about public policy again and not just politics.  Below is a study by Steve Willson on the Algonquin Bypass: Our Outrageous Roads In September of 2014, … Continue reading

Kane County Board Chairman Chris Lauzen Says He Wants Referendum Approval Before Signing on to Algonquin Toll Bridge

Elgin’s Daily Courier-News reports that newly-installed Kane County Board Chairman Chris Lauzen is insisting on local voters approving a referendum in 2014 before giving his support to build a toll bridge south of Algonquin. Pretty much every municipal board, plus … Continue reading

Fox River Toll Bridge for Algonquin Review – Reasons for No Tolls

If you live in central Kane County, you get to cross the Fox River on bridges that don’t charge tolls. Two have been opened in recent years: Red Gate Road Bridge (2012) Stearns Road Bridge (2010) Prairie Street Bridge (1994) … Continue reading

While Others Have Given Up the Fight against the Toll Tax Hike, Jim Tobin Hasn’t

A press release from Jim Tobin: TAXPAYERS TRY TO STOP LISA MADIGAN’S “HIGHWAY ROBBERY” CHICAGO–Plaintiffs against the Ill. State Toll Highway Authority filed an amended complaint today in Cook County Circuit Court. Plaintiffs consist of James L. Tobin, Christina Marie … Continue reading

Will Higher Toll Taxes to Increase Traffic on Algonquin Road through Barrington Hills?

The preferred routes to southeastern McHenry County may change for cheapskates like me when they drive to and from Chicago. That’s because the Pat Quinn Administration’s tolls at the Route 31 Exit will almost double from 40 cents to 75 … Continue reading

Tobin Reacts to Cook County Judges Approval of Toll Tax Hike

A press release from Jim Tobin, President of United Taxpayers of America: SPIT ON THE LAW CHICAGO–Taxpayers United of America (TUA) President Jim Tobin called Tuesday’s hearing of his lawsuit against the Illinois Tollway Authority a “spectacle,” and labeled Judge … Continue reading

Tobin Excoriates Lisa Madigan’s Defense of 88% Toll Tax Hike

A press release from Jim Tobin’s Taxpayers United of America: No thanks, Lisa! A Madigan Christmas gift: 90% Toll-Tax Increase on January 1st!!! December 20, 2011: Judge Rita Novak, of the Cook County Circuit Court, granted Lisa Madigan’s motion to … Continue reading

Tobin’s Group Tries to Stop Toll Tax Hike

A press release from Taxpayers United of America: TAXPAYERS UNITED OF AMERICA TO REQUEST RESTRAINING ORDER AGAINST ILLINOIS TOLLWAY AUTHORITY CHICAGO–Attorneys for Taxpayers United of America (TUA) will ask Circuit Court Judge Rita M. Novak for a restraining order against … Continue reading

Pat Quinn vs. Ordinary Mike on Popularity of 88% Toll Tax Hike

I guess no one should be surprised that no local media took a poll on whether people wanted tolls hiked. Chicago’s Mike Engle took on Governor Pat Quinn’s assertion that 85% of Illinois motorists understood and approved of the need … Continue reading

A Clue as to Why Local Republicans Were Mute on 88% Toll Tax Hike

I have been astonished at the silence from local Republican leaders about Pat Quinn’s 88% Toll Tax Hike. Yesterday I got an email from the McHenry County Board. Right at the top is a letter from McHenry County Board Chairman … Continue reading