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Tollway permanently ends cash toll collections

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The Illinois Tollway said it is permanently eliminating cash toll collections almost a year after it took away the option because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Cars pass through out-of-service coin toll booths at the River Road Illinois Tollway plaza off of I-90 and I-294, Feb. 26, 2021. The Illinois Tollway said it is permanently eliminating cash toll collections almost a year after it took away the option because of the coronavirus pandemic. (Chris Sweda / Chicago Tribune)

With the cash lanes closed, toll booths are seen at Illinois Tollway's Waukegan plaza on I-94, Feb. 26, 2021.

With the cash lanes closed, toll booths are seen at Illinois Tollway’s Waukegan plaza on I-94, Feb. 26, 2021. (Chris Sweda / Chicago Tribune)

Closed cash toll booths are seen at Illinois Tollway's Waukegan plaza on I-94, Feb. 26, 2021.

Closed cash toll booths are seen at Illinois Tollway’s Waukegan plaza on I-94, Feb. 26, 2021. (Chris Sweda / Chicago Tribune)

A sign tells drivers cash lanes cost $1.50 at the Cermak Road toll plaza on I-294, Feb. 26, 2021.

A sign tells drivers cash lanes cost $1.50 at the Cermak Road toll plaza on I-294, Feb. 26, 2021. (Chris Sweda / Chicago Tribune)

With the cash lanes closed, a semi travels through an I-Pass lane at the Cermak Road toll plaza on I-294, Feb. 26, 2021.

With the cash lanes closed, a semi travels through an I-Pass lane at the Cermak Road toll plaza on I-294, Feb. 26, 2021. (Chris Sweda / Chicago Tribune)

A closed cash toll booth is seen at Illinois Tollway's Waukegan plaza on I-94, Feb. 26, 2021.

A closed cash toll booth is seen at Illinois Tollway’s Waukegan plaza on I-94, Feb. 26, 2021. (Chris Sweda / Chicago Tribune)

Drivers pass through an I-Pass lane near closed cash lanes at the Cermak Road toll plaza on I-294, Feb. 26, 2021.

Drivers pass through an I-Pass lane near closed cash lanes at the Cermak Road toll plaza on I-294, Feb. 26, 2021. (Chris Sweda / Chicago Tribune)

 
Cars maneuver into the cash lanes at the 163rd Street toll plaza on I-294, July 28, 2011 in Markham.

Cars maneuver into the cash lanes at the 163rd Street toll plaza on I-294, July 28, 2011 in Markham. (Todd Panagopoulos / Chicago Tribune)

A toll is collected in 2010 at the I-88 Meyers Road toll plaza.

A toll is collected in 2010 at the I-88 Meyers Road toll plaza. (Scott Strazzante / Chicago Tribune)

 
Traffic flows toward the Tri-State tollway near the Touhy Avenue plaza, Aug. 3, 2012.

Traffic flows toward the Tri-State tollway near the Touhy Avenue plaza, Aug. 3, 2012. (Antonio Perez / Chicago Tribune)

 
A cash toll is collected Jan. 1, 2012, near Oak Brook. Passenger vehicles saw cash tolls go from .75 cents to $1.50.

A cash toll is collected Jan. 1, 2012, near Oak Brook. Passenger vehicles saw cash tolls go from .75 cents to $1.50. (Chuck Berman / Chicago Tribune)

 
Cars line up to pay tolls in 1996 at the O'Hare toll plaza.

Cars line up to pay tolls in 1996 at the O’Hare toll plaza. (CHUCK BERMAN / CHICAGO TRIBUNE)

 
Cash lanes are seen in the foreground as the Illinois Tollway opens new open-road tolling lanes at the Meyers Road Toll Plaza on I-88, Sept. 28, 2006.

Cash lanes are seen in the foreground as the Illinois Tollway opens new open-road tolling lanes at the Meyers Road Toll Plaza on I-88, Sept. 28, 2006. (George Thompson / Chicago Tribune)

 
Steve Musser collects a handful of change at a toll booth in 2003.

Steve Musser collects a handful of change at a toll booth in 2003. (CARL WAGNER / CHICAGO TRIBUNE)

 
Tolls are collected in a booth at the Oak Brook toll plaza in 2002.

Tolls are collected in a booth at the Oak Brook toll plaza in 2002. (E. JASON WAMBSGANS / CHICAGO TRIBUNE)

 
Gov. William Stratton, left, and Austin Wyman, chairman of toll road authority, in a ceremonial handshake on Dec. 23, 1958 at Cermak Road plaza as last of state's new tollway was opened.

Gov. William Stratton, left, and Austin Wyman, chairman of toll road authority, in a ceremonial handshake on Dec. 23, 1958 at Cermak Road plaza as last of state’s new tollway was opened. (Chicago Tribune)

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