Legislation has been signed into law intended to better inform the public about pending actions of the Illinois Tollway Board, and give Illinoisans adequate advance notice of transportation projects reliant on large sums of Tollway user-fee dollars.
“This legislation is about transparency when it comes to spending tollway-user dollars,” said Senator Dan McConchie. “It’s a no-brainer. When the Toll Highway Authority plans on spending large amounts of money, those who fund it should have a heads up about meetings where these funds are being considered.”
Under Senate Bill 2291, the board of directors will be required to post an agenda for each meeting at illinoistollway.com, as well as at the Authority’s headquarters building at 2700 Ogden Ave., Downer’s Grove, two business days (rather than 48 hours) in advance of the meetings.
The new law also requires that contracts for projects costing more than $100,000 must include specific details via Internet links to the information.