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A recent update to the Illinois Department of Transportation website aims to make winter road condition information more convenient and accessible for drivers.

A redesign of the “Getting Around Illinois” website features more detailed reports on snow coverage, as well as the ability to zoom in to a specific location or travel route.

The redesign also introduces a new color scheme to match seamlessly with those from surrounding states.

A nearly $2 billion high-speed Amtrak rail project in Illinois is in its final phase of construction.

Illinois transportation officials are asking for the public's input in its annual traveler opinion survey.

Move Over Law Gets New Campaign

Dec 6, 2017
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Gov. Bruce Rauner joined state officials to announce a new roadway safety campaign aimed at raising awareness of Scott’s Law. That’s the law requiring motorists to move over for stopped vehicles with flashing lights.

The state law was first enacted in 2002, requiring motorists to slow down, move over and change lanes if possible to make room for stopped emergency vehicles with flashing lights. The law was expanded in January 2017 to include any vehicle with flashing hazard lights.

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Illinois officials are encouraging motorists to prepare for the onset of winter.

 

Officials with the Illinois State Police, Transportation Department and Tollway are pushing the theme "Winter Weather - Get it Together."

 

Transportation Secretary Randy Blankenhorn says winter weather is unpredictable. The agency has posted a safe-driving video online.

 

The Executive Inspector General has found that an Illinois Department of Transportation administrator violated conflict-of-interest and merit-hiring rules in the hiring of her next-door neighbor as fleet manager in 2014. 

Police across Illinois are stepping up patrols this weekend in an effort to keep roadways safe as people celebrate Halloween.

Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration has outlined more than $200 million in cuts it wants to make to Illinois' new budget, including to human services, agriculture programs and transportation.

Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White is crediting a graduated driver's license law with a 51% drop in teenage-driver deaths in the past decade.

The state of Illinois is looking for residents' help to create a plan to determine how to best use the state's roadway rest areas.

Illinois transportation officials are warning motorists to beware of more active deer as mating season begins.

Illinois Department of Transportation officials will offer child safety-seat checks at dozens of locations around the state on "National Seat Check Saturday."

Illinois State Police say there was a steep drop in fatal traffic crashes over the Labor Day weekend this year compared with last year.

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The Illinois Department of Transportation is looking for temporary employees to help with snow and ice removal this winter. 

Illinois is marking the 20th anniversary of legislation that lowered the drunken driving limit to .08 blood-alcohol concentration.

Illinois Democrats are asking Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration for more information about state leases of private warehouses.  The Senate Appropriations Committee questioned agency directors over decisions to lease property instead of using existing state buildings to store records.

Tazewell County Teens Learn to Drive for Life

May 19, 2017
Tanya Koonce / Peoria Public Radio

  More than 100 Tazewell County teens went through the Ford Driving Skills for Life training Thursday at the Army National Guard Base in Peoria.

Peoria Public Radio's Tanya Koonce reports, it was the 10th anniversary of the initiative in Tazewell County after 15 teens were killed in car accidents in 15 months.

 

Jim Graham is the Global Manager of Ford Driving Skills for Life. He was in Tazewell County when the program was introduced and returned Thursday.

Illinois officials are urging motorcyclists to brush up on their skills and use proper equipment as they take to the roadways.   The Illinois Department of Transportation and Illinois State Police say more motorcycles will be on the road as the weather improves. They're launching a joint safety campaign aimed at reducing accidents and deaths.

Illinois transportation officials say $4 million in state and federal funds will be used to conduct bridge inspections in Chicago. The Illinois Department of Transportation announced it will be receiving $800,000 in state money and $3.2 million in federal funds.

A federal judge has ruled that a court-appointed monitor investigating patronage hiring at the Illinois Department of Transportation can also review hiring at other state agencies.

Judge Sidney Schenkier ruled in favor of the IDOT case's plaintiffs, who wanted the authority of the special master expanded to include positions labeled as exempt at all state agencies, boards and commissions.

Highway construction in Chicago has turned up charred debris from the Chicago Fire.  The Illinois Department of Transportation is in the final stages of a two-year, $134 million reconstruction of ramps connecting Interstate-55 and Lake Shore Drive.

It's that time of year when drivers need to keep an eye out for deer on roadways.  The Illinois Department of Transportation and the Department of Natural Resources are warning motorists that November is the highest-risk month for crashes involving deer. That's because fall is mating season. There's increased deer movement, especially at dawn and dusk.

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Illinois transportation officials are announcing $31 million in expanded travel options.  Randy Blankenhorn is state transportation secretary. He says his agency has approved 33 projects to improve biking and walking paths, trails, beautify street-sides and more. 

Transportation officials in Indiana and Illinois expect to complete a revised environmental impact assessment for the proposed Illiana Expressway between the two states this fall.  Environmentalists have fought the 47-mile tollway plan, arguing it would threaten the Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie south of Chicago. Some planners also question the need for the roadway and its financial viability.

State and local law enforcement officials are warning motorists to "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" during the Labor Day weekend.  The Illinois Department of Transportation and the Illinois State Police are teaming up with nearly 200 local police agencies to reduce fatalities on the heavily traveled weekend. 

Transportation officials with the state of Illinois say they'll study flood prevention methods after the Illinois State Fair was swamped this year.  Heavy rains, as much as nearly 5.6 inches on the first full day of the fair Aug. 12, swamped campgrounds and forced fair officials to cancel some events.

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Nearly two dozen stretches of roadways across central Illinois are designated to memorialize someone.  An Illinois Department of Transportation report says there are 22 such designated pieces of roadway in the 12 counties of the department's fourth district, which runs from south of the Quad Cities to the McLean County line.

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SPRINGFILED, Ill. (AP) - Safety and insurance industry experts say Illinois traffic fatalities are expected to pass 1,000 this year for the first time since 2008 because of higher speeds, more miles driven and an increase in younger drivers on the road.

629 people had died in vehicle, motorcycle, pedestrian and bicycle crashes in Illinois this year as of Friday. The number is up 50 from the same period in 2015.

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The Illinois Department of Transportation is urging motorists to be on the alert for pavement buckling. I-DOT says the combination of the recent rainfall and extreme heat can lead to pavement expanding and buckling or blowing out, causing impassable or uneven driving surfaces. A statement from the department says as long as the heat and humidity persists, I-DOT will monitor the situation. Crews will be available to make repairs as quickly as possible if needed. I-DOT is also encouraging people to carry drinking water when traveling.

Illinois transportation officials say a Chicago-to-Moline passenger rail project has been resurrected. The Illinois Department of Transportation told the Federal Railroad Administration that it's proceeding with the proposal.

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