WBEZ | toll hikes http://www.wbez.org/tags/toll-hikes Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Gov. Quinn says toll hikes necessary for road projects http://www.wbez.org/story/gov-quinn-says-toll-hikes-necessary-road-projects-90198 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-August/2011-08-05/Waukegan Toll Plaza_Flickr_HelveticaFanatic.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Illinois Governor Pat Quinn spoke once again Friday about a proposed hike in tolls, but this time, he didn't hesitate to explain where he stands.</p><p>Instead, Quinn put forth an argument he feels Illinoisans should consider.</p><p>"I think it's important to understand that the <em>Chicago Tribune</em>, in 1983, cost 25 cents. It costs a buck today," said Quinn. "So there are higher costs to maintain our roads and tollways, and we have to deal with reality here."</p><p>As he did previously, Quinn also said he wants to hear from the public on the issue before firmly giving a stance. However, he said he does not want to raise the gas tax to pay for repairs on roads like the Jane Addams tollway.</p><p>"There are higher costs to maintain our roads and tollways, and we have to deal with reality here," said Quinn.</p><p>The Illinois Tollway says the plan is necessary to pay for a $12 billion project to repair and expand Chicago-area expressways. The Illinois Tollway Board is scheduled to vote on a plan at the end of August. If approved, the toll hikes would take effect starting next year.</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 05 Aug 2011 20:43:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/gov-quinn-says-toll-hikes-necessary-road-projects-90198