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.

Peoria County Highway Department eyes spending gap

Sep 2, 2014

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:

Part of I-74 now LaHood Highway

Jul 2, 2014

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.

State funding for Peoria highway facility

Apr 3, 2014

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. 

Indiana board votes for new highway near Chicago

Dec 12, 2013


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

Quinn aims to improve roads

Apr 17, 2013

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.