2022 PTROI Golf Outing a Big Hit!!

The 2022 PTROI Golf outing took place on September 30 and was a great success. We had a record number of golfers and a record number of golf signs. It was a beautiful day for golf, sunny and not too warm. Unfortunately, nobody won the $10,000.00 hole in one tournament, but it was fun anyway.

We would like to congratulate the winners with low score. For the men it was Team Senica and for the ladies it was Team Redmon. The winner of the long drive was Lon Schlader of Zip’s Truck Equipment. The winner of the closest-to-the-pin contest was Ryan Miller of Northwest Recovery, Inc. Rounding out the winners was Don Devereaux who won the longest putt while golfing for Team Hubly.

We would like to thank everyone that sponsored or attended the golf outing for their support. This includes out primary sponsors including Lynch-Chicago, Worldwide, Zip’s and Miller Industries. We also are not going to forget anyone that donated, bought signs, or contributed in any fashion. For a full list of contributors see pages .

We would also like to thank Team Senica and Lon Schlader for donating their winnings back to the PTROI.

An outing like this takes a team effort. In addition to all that have been mentioned above, we would like to thank the following, in no particular order, for volunteering their time to help make this event happen.

Jim, Bresnahan, Chariot Towing-Jim spent all day under a tree monitoring the hole-in-one contest.

Dan Bernayge, Petes’A Towing- Dana assisted in coordinating the banquet

JR Hubly, Hubly’s Towing and Repair-JR was one of those people that filled in wherever needed, relieving Jim for the hole-in-one, helping Dana or whatever needed to be done.

We thank everyone that contributed to this event!! Thank You!!

News Legislation Member Benefits

Illinois Legislature to Look at Overcharging by Rogue Towers

I do not know how many of you have heard, but the State of Illinois is discussing ways to correct the practice of overcharging for tows. Below is a TV report on the ways in which one company overcharges. There was also a company in the Lasalle area that overcharged for a police tow. It was a heavy-duty recovery that priced out as $221,000.00. Yep, that was two hundred twenty-one thousand dollars.

While there are more than two companies in the state that overcharge, the vast majority of towers are reasonable with their rates, pricing to make a living, but not hurt anyone. Note that neither of these companies are PTROI members. One of them, we even spent a bunch of money to keep out. Click here for more.


FMSCA Hours of Service Revisions take effect on September 29, 2020. Federal Motor Carrier has passed new HOS revisions that appear to be more flexible for CDL operators. For more, click here

Illinois Sexual Harassment Prevention Training Law takes effect on January 1, 2021.  This is the most recent update. This new law states that every employee in the state of Illinois must have this training. The PTROI has, on this website, the Illinois Department of Human Resources model training PDF presentation. This is free and is said to take about 30 minutes.  For more, click here.

         Chicago Passes Licensing Law for Tow Trucks

The City of Chicago has passed an ordinance that will require licensing of all tow trucks. This is being done to fight wreckchasers. The PTROI has vehemently opposed this at considerable cost because, in our opinion, the law-abiding towers will be punished for the wrongs of a few. We had been making decent progress on this law, but at that last moment Chicago did what it wanted to do with no regard for the honest towers. We were told early on by Alderman Villegas that this was not a money deal, but now it appears that it is a money deal. The licensing fee will be $250.00 per truck and up to $750.00 per yard. We will be having zone meetings soon to try to get everyone up to date on the ordinance and it’s particulars. To view the ordinance click here.

Melanie Wishard Wins PTROI Scholarship

Melanie Wishard, whose parents own AtoZ Towing in Loves Park is the winner of this years PTROI Scholarship award. She currently attending Loyola University as she studies to become a physician’s assistant. She expects to graduate in 2024. Our congratulations go out to Melanie!!

The scholarship is open to immediate family members of PTROI members and is awarded in October at the meeting at Lynch-Chicago.




  1. Education and Training: As a #1 Priority the PTROI covers a wide range of topics from operating a tow truck to managing a business profitably to handling the stress of the day to day operations of a towing company.  Through training schools and seminars the tower is kept up to date on knowledge of current laws that pertain to the industry. Click here for more.

PTROI Treasurer Dana Bernagye Wins Big Ed Award.

Our congratulations go out to Dana Bernagye, the PTROI Treasurer, for winning the Big Ed Award. The Big Ed Award was  named after Ed Batson, a PTROI member that passed away many years ago. While Ed was alive he was an active member of the PTROI. When he passed away, he left his gun collection to the PTROI. The gun collection was sold and funds were used to keep the fledging PTROI finances in good order. This award goes out annually to the person that most exemplifies both PTROI and community involvement. Congratulations Dana!!

2022 PTROI Award Winners 








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