Pritzker Announces 6-Year, $20.7 Billion Road, Bridge Improvement Plan

SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker announced Wednesday the release of a six-year, $20.7 billion construction plan to improve roads and bridges throughout the state, an annual process which the Illinois Department of Transportation oversees to target infrastructure spending. The Highway Improvement Program, funded through the Rebuild Illinois capital infrastructure plan passed in 2019, will reconstruct nearly […]

Picking Up Highway Litter Costs State $6M A Year

SPRINGFIELD – Before you toss trash out the car window while cruising down an Illinois highway, think of this: Taxpayers pay $6 million a year to clean it up. The Illinois Department of Transportation says proper disposal of waste saves in other ways too. “Trash is more than just an eyesore,” says Transportation Secretary Omer Osman. […]

House Transportation Committee Moves Two Bills In First Meeting of New Session

SPRINGFIELD — The state House Transportation committee advanced two bills to the House floor Monday in its first meeting of the 102nd General Assembly. The first bill would make spending by the Illinois Department of Transportation more transparent and accessible to the public. House Bill 253 would establish a new asset management program for IDOT. The bill […]

News Around Illinois – Aug. 25, 2020

IDOT Accused by Former Employees Of Racial Discrimination BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) — A group of current and former employees of the Illinois Department of Transportation are accusing the agency of a history of systemic racism, particularly in its operations in southern Illinois. Lee Coleman, a former Transportation Department Equal Employment Opportunity officer, told the Belleville […]

Highway Interchange Upgrades In Champaign Begin This Week

CHAMPAIGN – Prepare for highway lane closures and a lot more orange construction signs in Champaign. Starting Wednesday, construction crews will begin rebuilding the 56-year-old U-S 150 bridge over I-57.  It is part of an Illinois capital program that will lead to the reconstruction of the entire I-57 and I-74 interchange. The Illinois Department of […]

News Around Illinois – December 9, 2019

Survey Collects Travelers’ Opinions On Illinois Highways SPRINGFIELD – Illinois officials want travelers’ opinions on the state’s transportation systems. An online survey that opened this week and runs through Dec. 31  asks travelers to weigh in on everything from cleanliness of Illinois roads to other drivers’ behavior. The Illinois Department of Transportation says the annual […]