CHICAGO–Taxpayers United of America (TUA) will appear on CLTV’s ‘Politics Tonight’, Friday December 30 at 6:00 CST. Host Paul Lisnek will interview Andrew Spiegel, noted legal counsel representing TUA in a lawsuit against the Illinois Tollway, along with Rae Ann McNeilly, TUA Director of Outreach, and one of the plaintiffs in the lawsuit.
TUA filed a lawsuit against the Illinois Tollway Authority in an effort to stop the egregious 90% toll increase.  Judge Rita Novak dismissed the case in her ruling on a motion filed by Attorney General Lisa Madigan who is defending this alleged illegal toll tax increase.
“This toll tax increase has nothing to do with improvements and maintenance of existing tollways and has everything to do with expanding and perpetuating the bloated bureaucracy known as the Illinois Tollway Authority,” said McNeilly. “Conventional wisdom supports tollways as a direct tax, but in Illinois, the administration of the tollway has become a cesspool of cronyism and provides high paying jobs and pensions for the friends and family of Illinois bureaucrats as well as lucrative contracts for unions who support the politicians that make the tollway leadership’s appointments.”
“Lisa Madigan is fighting us with an army of lawyers. Six taxpayer-funded staffers showed up at the December 20th hearing. She must really have been worried that taxpayers might win.”
“We will continue this fight on behalf of millions of taxpayers.  We will either appeal this ruling or file an amended complaint. This kind of ‘Chicago Politicking’ is sucking taxpayers dry and we are prepared to fight.”
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