Tollway posts list of ‘super’ toll violators
BY ROSALIND ROSSI Sun-Times Media August 28, 2013 7:08PM
Top 20 on tollway scofflaw list
1: LANDA TRANSPORT, Frankfort
2: STEVES UNDERDOG TRUCKING, Hinckley
3: MAHMOUD M ABU ASSEF DBA, Berwyn
4: SSB TRUCKING,
5: TAYLOR TRANSPORT SERVICE CO., Olympia Fields
6: PAINTERS TOUCH SERVICES INC., Elgin
7: UNION RECYCLING WASTE SERVICE, Lynwood,
8: AAA LIMO,
9: LOKI TRANSPORTATION, Glenview
10: JOKER LIMITED GROUP, LaGrange
11: EXCEL WATERPROOFING INC., Chicago Ridge
12: MICHAEL MOTORS LTD., Harvey
13: MULTISTONE COUNTERTOPS LLC., Elk Grove Village
14: I & M SHOMAN INC.,
15: DUKE LOGISTICS CORP., Alsip
16: MAGNA ELECTRIC SUPPLY CO. INC., Oak Forest
17: B E SEWER WATER INC., Sandwich
18: CHECKER CAB INC.,
19: SMITH FAMILY CONSTRUCTION INC., Wheeling
20: ASPHALT UNLIMITED INC., Montgomery
Updated: September 30, 2013 2:03PM
Flexing day-old powers, the Illinois Tollway on Wednesday published the names of 157 “super scofflaws” who owe the tollway a total $3.7 million in fines and at least $1,000 each.
The tollway published the list online a day after Gov. Pat Quinn signed a bill allowing the agency to do so.
Topping the “Illinois Tollway Super Scofflaws” list was Landa Transport, a Frankfort trucking company accused of turning its back on $214,859.10 in tollway fines.
It was joined by a host of trucking, construction-related, and transportation companies — including limo and cab services. Even a Maywood day care center accused of owing more than $19,600 in tollway fines hit the super scofflaws list.
Painters Touch Service of Elgin was listed at No. 6, owing almost $113,000, according to the tollway.
But the company seems to be out of business — at least at the sites where it once was listed.
The 2008 AT&T phone directory and various Internet sources listed one phone number and three addresses for Painters Touch. The phone number is answered with a message saying that the number is out of service.
One of the addresses, a small industrial space along Weld Road in Elgin, is now occupied by a gutter installation company. That was closed for the day late Wednesday afternoon, but the proprietor of a neighboring business said the painting firm moved away four or five years ago.
A second address was the building at Todd Farm Drive and North McLean Boulevard now occupied by the Elgin Surgi-Center, a medical facility that opened there about a year ago. A Surgi-Center employee said she had never heard of Painters Touch.
The third potential Painters Touch address turns out to be a single-family home on Elgin’s northwest side. A grade-school-age girl who answered the door there Wednesday afternoon said she had never heard of Painters Touch and that her parents were unavailable. As of press time, the parents had not returned a reporter’s invitation to call back.
“If seeing your company’s name on this list becomes an incentive for you to pick up the phone and call us to settle your debt, then we’ve achieved our goal,” said Illinois Tollway Executive Director Kristi Lafleur in a news release.
“Anything less would be unfair to the 98 percent of tollway customers who pay their tolls on time.”
Tollway Board Chair Paula Wolff noted that tolls are a “significant source of revenue” for maintaining and improving the tollway system, which receives no state or federal funding for maintenance or operations. More than 1.4 million vehicles travel the Illinois Tollway daily.
The list reflects 57 businesses against which the tollway has filed lawsuits. Each has been contacted at least nine times and have been offered “multiple opportunities to enter into a settlement agreement, including the option to use a payment plan to settle their debts,” according to the Tollway news release.
To resolve their debts, violators were encouraged to contact the phone number listed on their collection agency notice.
Staff writer Dave Gathman contributed to this report.