I-Pass & Toll Systems
This rant is mostly for Mootzy's benefit; however, some or probably most of you have felt the anguish before....
The Illinois Tollway is absurd. What should be an hour drive out of the city is actually two hours because of this state floating tax machine. Not only does it take more time, it takes more money. You've probably always wondered why Wisconsin highways (i.e. FREEways) are so pleasant. It is not because of the lovely rolling green hills or historic roadside barns...it is because it's free.
How much is the new fancy tollway costing my state??!! $5.3 billion dollaroonies. And to think, Illinois was going to sell (or maybe lease...) this fantastic asset it has to a private company. Don't they know that private companies are evil and cost regular people like you and me lots of money (let's not even get started with sweat shops...not to be confused with a tollway employee who stands in a little box collecting change for 10 hour shifts).
I wish I could say "I pass at I-Pass", but for now, I-Pass is my only time and money saver from the horrific change funnel.
By the way... come visit any time. The rolling green hills are particularly lovely here.