Illinois Tollway drivers, it's time to toss out those little white plastic boxes. Illinois is following an industry tech trend shifting away from hard-case transponders to stickers.

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Don't you just love your little white plastic Illinois toll-paying device? I speak of that thing sarcastically because I've never used Velcro to attach it to my windshield, so when I need it, I toss it up on the dash. It rests quietly in the air vent until I exit the freeway and turn and then it goes flying across the dash, into the passenger window, and onto the floor in a place I can't reach until I get out of the car. I also like having it free to easily move to my other vehicles or loaning it to my daughter.


Illinois is Getting Rid of Plastic iPass Transponder

"No more iPass" is the big news for Illinois Tollway drivers in 2024. The transponder boxes will become a thing of the past and a small sticker transponder will take its place, according to

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California drivers have been using these stickers with a radio frequency since 2019 and other states are using them as well.

The sticker uses radio frequency identification (RFID) and there is no battery. I don't think I like this other fact about these sticker transponders:

  • They last until you remove them from your vehicle.

I have a big complaint if this means I can't move it around from vehicle to vehicle.

There has been no confirmation of an exact date when these stickers will start appearing in Illinois, but the story from My Stateline says:

They will be available by the end of January at customer service centers including the Belvidere Oasis, at 2510 Pearl Street — and later at Jewel-Osco stores and via the I-PASS website.

The Illinois Tollway says drivers can keep using their I-PASS transponders until they expire.


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