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Complaint Review: Illinois Tollway

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  • Submitted: Thu, August 09, 2012
  • Updated: Fri, August 10, 2012

  • Reported By: D — Cherry Valley Illinois United States of America
Illinois Tollway
2700 Odgen Ave Downers Grove, Illinois United States of America

Illinois Tollway Overcharging ... Taxation Without Representation Downers Grove, Illinois

*Consumer Comment: Blame Blago

*Author of original report: Maybe, but maybe not

*Author of original report: Author Reply

*Consumer Comment: seriously ash

*Consumer Comment: Seriously?

*Consumer Comment: maybe team rebutt will go away

*Consumer Comment: You know if they do away with the tolls, your taxes will increase...

*Consumer Comment: There's always Wyoming

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Following the IL Toll Authority's increase this year they are now stealing in excess of $100 per month from us just to go to work! This "tax" is unjustified as the roads are the worst in the mid-west and always under construction. The construction zones are mismanaged and do not take into account their customers, the drivers that are forced to pay, and are severely inconvenient. There just is no end to it and we the consumer are stuck in the middle of it. It always seems to come down to tolls that are too high and service way below par. It's supposed to be the other way around. We should be getting gold medal service for what we're paying, but we're being taken blind. $100 per month is excessive just to get to work. That's a couple of weeks worth of groceries!
It is amazing that WI has lower property taxes, lower gasoline tax, lower income tax, lower sales tax and NO TOLLS and their roads are at least 10X better and their construction zones aren't big cluster f**ks. They keep the user in mind when designing their roads and construction zones.
This is blatant taxation without representation!! I demand that the toll booths be removed all over the state and that myself and all of the drivers in the road get their money back all the way back to the year the Tollway Authority was supposed to be ended.

This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 08/09/2012 12:58 PM and is a permanent record located here: http://www.ripoffreport.com/r/Illinois-Tollway/Downers-Grove-Illinois-60515/Illinois-Tollway-Overcharging-Taxation-Without-Representation-Downers-Grove-Illinois-924900. The posting time indicated is Arizona local time. Arizona does not observe daylight savings so the post time may be Mountain or Pacific depending on the time of year.

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#1 Consumer Comment

Blame Blago

AUTHOR: coast - (USA)

"I see roads in disrepair... the jab about WI having a lower population makes no sense"

The lower population results in less use of the highways and therefore the roads require less maintenance.

Four of the last nine Illinois governors have been sent to prison for corruption. Enjoy your new state.
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#2 Author of original report

Maybe, but maybe not

AUTHOR: D - (United States of America)

Yes, Wikipedia is sometime a great place to pull information, however, have you ever thought about the phrase rather than pasting its meaning as a jab against me?

Technically, can you honestly say that the consumer of the IL Toll System is being represented by the excessive tax they've placed upon us and the lack of service or care that goes into their construction zones. I as many others I'm sure consistently feel like we were a forethought to what they do on these roads. So in a sense, you are wrong as well about the phrase you pasted into your paragraph from Wikipedia. At least all of my words were from my mind and my thoughts. I don't need to copy and paste anything from the internet into my paragraphs to convey my point.

Still, this report was written to show the disapproval of the IL Toll Authority. Do you not think it's excessive to see an 80+% increase just like that? 
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AUTHOR: D - (United States of America)

To respond to passages 1-4, our household income is 100K per year for the two of us. I am 30 years old, my wife 34 years old. We have never used welfare, unemployment, disability or any other so called "social welfare" program. We both take pride in the work that we do. It's just that we are trying to make a life for ourselves, save for the future and plan for a child. I recently moved from WI, so no, I have not had a chance to vote individuals out of office. But as I see it, no matter which way you vote, this state seems to buck what America is about all the way. We are neither Democrats or Republicans, we are Americans; just in case a certain party is attacking me because of political views.

I apologize for any inaccuracies in regards to the "taxation without representation" speech. What I meant is that I am being taxed extremely high, but I don't see that money being put into our economy in this state. Take the Rockford area for example. 2/3 of my property tax goes to schools who produce the worst graduates at a rate of 75% if even. I see roads in disrepair, blatant pokes to us the consumers and still taxes are increasing. The toll increase in my eyes was a blatant jab at us, the drivers.
I'm surprised that as many people believe it's acceptable to have an 80+% hike in a tax that is not supposed to even exist any more. I guess you all can just keep paying those tolls. Maybe you all missed my point that WI collects less money, but has a better infrastructure. Wouldn't a higher population mean higher collection of all taxes from property and sales, all the way to license plate fees, etc. A higher population means more people and more tax being collected. So the jab about WI having a lower population makes no sense.

Maybe it's just me, but do we live to pay taxes? I understand and believe certain taxes are warranted, however, excessive tax is not fair and not acceptable.
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#4 Consumer Comment

seriously ash

AUTHOR: The Outlaw Josey Wales - (United States of America)

 did anyone elected team rebutt???? butt the team is always butting in where not needed. Team rebutt needs to be remove now.
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#5 Consumer Comment

Seriously?

AUTHOR: Ashley - (U.S.A.)

Did you elect your state officials? Did those state officals approve the toll roads?


Then you are being taxed WITH representation. If you want the taxes lowered, then elect state reprentatives that are against toll roads. You elected the officals that made the toll roads, this is not taxation without representation.
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#6 Consumer Comment

maybe team rebutt will go away

AUTHOR: The Outlaw Josey Wales - (United States of America)

 then the internet and the world will be in peace
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#7 Consumer Comment

You know if they do away with the tolls, your taxes will increase...

AUTHOR: Ken - (USA)

hor are you a welfare type who pays little to no taxes.

You are also somewhat of a drama queen..."Taxation without representation".....totally stupid and inaccurate.  Here's a definition of this...

""No taxation without representation" is a slogan originating during the 1750s and 1760s that summarized a primary grievance of the British colonists in the Thirteen Colonies, which was one of the major causes of the American Revolution. In short, many in those colonies believed that as they were not directly represented in the distant British Parliament, any laws it passed taxing the colonists (such as the Sugar Act and the Stamp Act) were illegal under the Bill of Rights 1689, and were a denial of their rights as Englishmen. However, during the time of the American Revolution, only one in twenty British citizens had representation in parliament, none of whom were part of the colonies. In recent times, it has been used by several other groups in several different countries over similar disputes, including currently in some parts of the United States (see below). The phrase captures a sentiment central to the cause of the English Civil War, as articulated by John Hampden who said what an English King has no right to demand, an English subject has a right to refuse in the Ship money case."
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"I demand that the toll booths be removed all over the state and that myself and all of the drivers in the road get their money back all the way back to the year the Tollway Authority was supposed to be ended."
This statement is certainly characteristic of an entitlement minded welfare drone.
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#8 Consumer Comment

There's always Wyoming

AUTHOR: coast - (USA)

"WI... construction zones aren't big cluster f**ks."

That's because Wisconsin has less than half the population of Illinois. Have you considered moving to Wyoming?

"This is blatant taxation without representation!!"

This is not a case or taxation without representation because you are represented by your elected officials.
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