“I am concerned that the current tollway board was not always operating in the best interest of our state,” Connor said. “It’s critical that we have transparency and accountability, particularly when conflicts of interest become a concern.”
The Connor-backed Senate Bill 1298 would effectively dissolve the current tollway board, and allow for the governor to appoint new members. Current members of the board would have the opportunity to reapply for consideration if they wish. The bill also adds provisions to increase oversight and reduce potential conflicts of interest in hiring and procurement practices. The legislation follows recent controversies at the tollway, including accusations of favoritism and politically motivated firings. The tollway has also reportedly spent thousands of dollars on sending staff members to luncheons and speaking engagements.
“This bill will allow for a fresh start at the tollway’s administration and will create new, more ethical guidelines that are in the best interest of Illinois residents and tollway users,” Connor said. “I’m glad to see that this measure received bipartisan support, and am hopeful that moving forward we can avoid the problems that the tollway has experienced over the past few years.”