* Tony Arnold at WBEZ…
The trouble began when police officers showed up at Ellen’s house late one night.
He contacted police and requested a wellness check on their young daughter. But police didn’t find anything wrong with the girl, said Ellen.
But then, she said, he became obsessive. He continued requesting wellness checks on the little girl even though police never found anything wrong. In a court filing, Ellen said he would call and text so much — he even started sending letters to her house every day — that she felt like she was being stalked. (WBEZ is identifying her with a pseudonym for her family’s safety.)
She said even the cops eventually got sick of coming out and suggested she get a restraining order against her ex.
With the order of protection in place, Ellen said she also changed her cell phone number and email address. She even bought a new car with a new license plate — all to make it harder for her troublesome ex to contact her.
But a few months later, Ellen’s ex obtained all that information — and much more — without her knowing.
That’s because he opened a court case to which Ellen wasn’t even a party, then subpoenaed the Illinois Tollway for I-Pass transponder records that would show her movements on the state’s tollways.
The tollway complied with that legal request, and also turned over information about Ellen’s new cell phone number, email address, credit card and license plate. Ellen’s ex-boyfriend also requested similar private information about her parents, and the tollway turned all of it over — without ever notifying Ellen or her family.
Only a portion of her credit card number was released, but still.
Go read the whole thing, please.
* The Question: Should the General Assembly limit subpoena power of Tollway I-Pass transponder records? Don’t forget to explain your answer.