3:15 pm
Wed July 22, 2015

Lawmakers consider “Jim Thome Highway” designation

A stretch of central Illinois road may be re-named after one of baseball's greats. The Illinois House has adopted a resolution that would designate a section of Route 24 around Peoria as the "Jim Thome Highway." Thome hails from Peoria, and went on to a successful Major League career. The area's State Representative Jehan Gordon-Booth, a Democrat, says Thome was a prolific hitter.  He was on the Chicago White Sox when he reached the sluggers' gold standard of hitting 500 home runs.

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6:03 am
Tue September 2, 2014

Peoria County Highway Department eyes spending gap

The Peoria County Highway Department is still reeling from last winter’s severe weather. The needed overtime costs coupled with rising prices for salt and other items are driving a projected $1 million deficit by the end of the year. Amy Mclaren is Peoria County’s Engineer. She says that could force the county to draw from other revenue sources to help fill the spending gap:

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Peoria Public Radio News
5:12 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Part of I-74 now LaHood Highway

Local and state officials dedicated a section of I-74 to honor former U-S Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. The newly-named Ray LaHood Highway stretched six miles from the eastbound Sterling Avenue exit to the westbound lanes before the Murray Baker Bridge. LaHood helped secure federal funding for the I-74 reconstruction project that finished in 2006. He also recognized labor groups and lawmakers that helped see the project through.

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5:10 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

State funding for Peoria highway facility

The Illinois Department of Transportation highway maintenance facilities in Peoria, Wenona, and El Paso are receiving renovations thanks to nearly a half million dollars from the Illinois Jobs Now! construction program. It’s the state’s largest-ever construction program designed to create jobs. 

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4:56 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

Indiana board votes for new highway near Chicago


  The Chicago area could be getting another highway in a few years.  A major vote to see that happen occurred Thursday in Indiana.  

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4:03 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

Quinn aims to improve roads

Illinois will invest nearly 13 billion dollars on highways, bridges and other transportation projects under a plan the Governor unveiled Wednesday. As IPR’s Amanda Vinicky reports the bulk of that spending will go toward fixing roads, not building new ones.          

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