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Dennis Sullivan

Public gets say on proposed tollway hikes

Public gets say on proposed tollway hikes

Sparks flew as hundreds turned out tonight at the first four public hearings on the Illinois Tollway’s plan to nearly double tolls. But the testiest exchanges weren’t among members of the audience. They erupted between a member of the tollway’s board and the agency’s chief executive. Outspoken board member Bill Morris of Waukegan sparred with tollway Executive Director Kristi Lafleur over the accuracy of the agency’s numbers behind the bid for a 35-cent toll hike. Lafleur, meanwhile, took issue with Morris’ contention that an 87.5 percent increase isn’t needed at this time. The tollway seeks to hike the basic I-PASS rate from 40 cents to 75 cents....