On Wednesday, the Illinois Tollway published the names of 157 “super scofflaws,” businesses who owe the tollway a total $3.7 million in fines and penalties of at least $1,000 each.
But a quick search of most of the dozen of western suburban businesses on the list show they are now defunct or in “not good standing” with the state, a sign that may not be likely to pay up.
Nearly topping the list, Hinckley-based Steve’s Underdog Trucking Inc. is alleged to have racked up the second-most fines and fees due to the Illinois Tollway. The trucking company owes more than $192,742 in missed tolls and fines, according to tollway authorities.
Multiple calls to the business, which remains active, were not returned Thursday. According to the Illinois Secretary of State’s office, the business is owned by Steve Navalany of Hinckley.
Topping the list was Landa Transport, a Frankfort trucking company accused of owing the tollway $214,859 in fines and fees.
Many of the Western suburban businesses that made the tollway’s list have been inactive for years, according to corporation filings maintained by the Illinois Secretary of State’s office.
Painters Touch Services, an Elgin company that is alleged to owe $112,799 to the tollway, has been dissolved since at least 2010, according to the Secretary of State’s office. Yorkville-based A&J Electric Inc., alleged to owe $5,015 to the tollway, has been dissolved since 2008.
Vintage Restorations and Management Inc., a company once located in Naperville but dissolved in 2008, and Elgin-based Hugo’s Plumbing, also no longer in business, both also made the Illinois Tollway’s list.
Illinois Tollway spokesman Wendy Abrams said Wednesday that each violator on the list has been contacted at least nine times and offered “multiple opportunities to enter into a settlement agreement, including the option to use a payment plan to settle their debts.”
The tollway has no choice but to pursue the debt in court and post their names online, she said.
Whether the business is defunct or not, the tollway will pursue collection of the debt, she said, through wage garnishment of individuals, bank citations and citations to discover assets from commercial violators as part of the administrative judgments filed against the chronic violators in court.
“It’s not just about the businesses on the list. Our hope is that other companies who are now aware of this list and who may have received a violation notice or a call from one of our collection agencies might come forward to settle their debt,” Abrams said.
A man who identified himself as the previous owner of Genoa Motorsports Inc., another company that made the tollway’s scofflaw list, said the business was defunct and the matter had been referred to lawyers. He declined to comment further. According to the tollway, the business was once located in Hinckley.
Genoa is alleged to owe $21,422 to the tollway. The company was last owned by Richard Klasa and was dissolved in March 2013, according to the Secretary of State’s office.
A man who answered the phone number once belonging to Team Logic, a Naperville-based company alleged to owe $4,902 to the tollway authority, said the company went out of business three or four years ago.
In some cases, the violators on the scofflaw list have outstanding violations that date back to 2001, Abrams said.
The tollway published the list online a day after Gov. Pat Quinn signed a bill allowing the agency to do so. The list reflects 157 businesses that the Tollway has filed lawsuits against.
To resolve debts, violators are encouraged to contact the phone number listed on their collection agency notice.
Sun-Times Media contributed to this report.