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Partnership with The Chicago Lighthouse

Illinois Tollway

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Social Responsibility
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In 2012, the Illinois Tollway entered a partnership with The Chicago Lighthouse to manage a new advanced Customer Service Call Center and provide jobs for members of underserved communities, people with disabilities and military veterans. The new call center opened in October 2013 and today provides jobs for 124 employees from underserved communities, including 66 people with disabilities and 55 military veterans. The center, which features numerous accommodations for employees who use wheelchairs or are visually impaired, handles 8,000 to 10,000 customer calls per day and processes 27,000 toll and violation payments per month. For its partnership with The Chicago Lighthouse, the Illinois Tollway was named 2015 Agency of the Year by the state’s Interagency Committee on Employees with Disabilities.