Performance

IDOT is committed to being accountable to the public for our work, and being transparent and open to scrutiny in the ways we go about doing that work. At IDOT, we represent and try to meet the best interests of all Illinois citizens, while providing efficient and effective travel options for businesses, industry, tourists, and individual travelers of every description.

Through the work we do, we strive to serve as an advocate and trusted adviser to state, local, and federal governments and other community agencies and partners involved in providing transportation access and services for all of Illinois. We invite you to visit the Reports section as well as the Awards and Recognition section below to see the work IDOT is doing and some direct results of that work.


Awards & Recognition

We take great pride in awards and recognition as these reflect the direct results of work we do to meet the transportation needs of Illinois. To IDOT, such recognition reinforces more than just a job well done. To us, it is about utilizing transportation dollars efficiently to ensure future prosperity of our transportation users.

2014

Minority Participation
  • IDOT received the HACIA Advocacy Award from the Hispanic American Construction Industry Association for its dedication and leadership, which has contributed in providing new opportunities to and growth of Hispanic construction-related businesses throughout Illinois.

Safety
  • Priscilla Tobias, State Safety Engineer for Illinois, is the 2014 Public Sector recipient of the John “Jake” Landen Memorial Safety Award. This award is from the Traffic Safety Industry Division (TSID) of the American Road and Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA). ARTBA hosts the event each year for members of the AASHTO Subcommittee on Traffic Engineering and the National Committee on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (NCUTCD).
  • Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) gave Illinois its highest rating for drunk-driving prevention, as it named Illinois a five-star state for drunk driving prevention in its 2014 Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving Report.
Leadership
  • Illinois Transportation Secretary Ann L. Schneider was recognized with a city of Peoria Proclamation by Mayor Jim Ardis for her extraordinary dedication to the State of Illinois and the efforts to promote best practices in the field of transportation.

  • Illinois Transportation Secretary Ann L. Schneider was honored by the 2014 Heartland Sustainability Award Committee at the Annual Innovations Conference on Asphalt and Transportation with the 2014 Sustainability Award for her extraordinary leadership and dedication to social and environmental principles of sustainability.

Sustainable Practices
  • IDOT received the Governor’s Green Government Coordinating Council Award for Outreach and Education regarding the creation of the Illinois Bike Plan, which recognizes bicycling as a safe, healthy and sustainable transportation option, that plays a vital role in Illinois’ diverse transit landscape.

Multi-Modal Planning
  • IDOT received two regional awards in the 2014 AASHTO America’s Transportation Awards competition. The Red Line South Reconstruction Project in the Chicago area was selected as a winner in the “Under Budget, Large” category. The Mississippi River Bridge project in the Metro-East/St. Louis area was selected as a winner in the “Best Use of Innovation, Large” category. IDOT was recognized at the Mid-America Association of State Transportation Officials (MAASTO) awards luncheon on July 29, 2014.

2013

Minority Participation
  • IDOT received an award for outstanding training/employment of students with disabilities in the Springfield and surrounding area.

Multi-Modal Planning

Illinois Transportation Secretary Ann L. Schneider was nominated to lead the National Freight Advisory Committee, which includes a diverse group of professionals that will provide advice and recommendations aimed at improving the national freight transportation system.

  • AASHTO Standing Committee on Rail Transportation (SCORT) appointed Secretary Schneider to US DOT as its Chair to address all policy, regulatory, safety, and enforcement issues impacting the ability of states to develop and maintain their portions of an efficient national freight and passenger rail transportation network.

  • The league of American Bicyclists "Bicycle Friendly States" publication ranked Illinois ninth among the 50 states for bicycling.

  • IDOT was awarded the 2013 Daniel Burnham Comprehensive Plan Award by the American Planning Association-Illinois Chapter for its Illinois State Transportation Plan; also known as IDOT’s Long Range Transportation Plan.

Safety
  • IDOT was awarded the TransComm – Communications Award and a Mobile World Award for its traffic safety campaign.

  • The AASHTO Subcommittee on Transportation Communication Annual Skills Contest recognized Illinois for its “IDOT Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over: Choices" ad campaign.

  • Chicago/Midwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences awarded an Emmy to IDOT as part of the Outstanding Achievement for Community/Public Service Announcement (PSA) - Single Spot Campaign featuring Embrace the Orange and Seymour Signs.

  • National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recognized IDOT for highest liquidation rate of federal traffic safety funding in the six state region. The Division of Traffic Safety obligated and expended over 82 percent of all federal traffic safety funding received in federal fiscal year 2012.

  • The Illinois Center for Transportation’s technical review panels (ICT) recognized Priscilla Tobias as the “Most Valuable Person” for her exemplary service as an ICT Technical Review Panel Chair at the 99th Annual Transportation and Highway Engineering Conference.

  • IDOT received the Advertiser of the Year Award by the Illinois Broadcasters Association for recognizing the value of statewide, local, over-the-air broadcasting.

Sustainable Practices
  • IDOT received one of AASHTO's 2013 Sweet Sixteen High Value Research Project awards for "Best Practices for Implementation of Tack Coat Technical Review Panel (TRP) Recommendations." 

  • IDOT received the Governor’s Sustainability Award Honorable Mention for its application of all the agency’s sustainability activities including the development of the sustainability scorecard, use of recycled materials, the upcoming development of a climate change action plan and more.

2012

Efficient Project Delivery
  • The Mid American Regional America’s Transportation Awards (MAASTO) competition awarded IDOT the “Best Innovation” award for the Interstate 55 Reconstruction Project in Madison County.

  • IDOT received one of AASHTO's 2012 Sweet Sixteen High Value Research Project awards for "An Expert Systems Approach to Highway Construction Scheduling."

Minority Participation
  • Women in Transportation's (WTS) St. Louis chapter presented the Rosa Parks Diversity Award to IDOT for the Mississippi River Bridge project diversity effort.

Leadership
  • Illinois Transportation Secretary Ann Schneider was selected as “Woman of the Year” by the Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS) Greater Chicago Chapter.

Safety
  • IDOT received TransComm 2012 Skill Award in the Advertising-TV Commercial category “You Drink, You Drive, You Lose” ad.

  • IDOT received a first-place ribbon for its float in the Illinois State Fair parade.

Sustainable Practices
  • IDOT received Illinois Green Governments Award for efforts in designing a rain barrel design competition for enhancing energy crop production, and for producing total recycle asphalt, demonstrating environmental leadership in Illinois.

  • IDOT received one of AASHTO's 2012 Sweet Sixteen High Value Research Project awards for "An Expert Systems Approach to Highway Construction."

2011

Efficient Project Delivery
  • IDOT received one of AASHTO's 2011 Sweet Sixteen High Value Research Project awards for "Evaluation of 3D Laser Scanning for Construction Application."

Minority Participation
  • The Combined Law Enforcement Hispanic Heritage Committee recognized IDOT for its outstanding community outreach in the Hispanic communities in Chicago.

Leadership
  • IDOT received 2011 Thomas H. MacDonald Memorial Award by the American Association of State and Highway Transportation Officials (AASHTO).

  • IDOT employees donated in State & University Employees Combined Appeal Award (SECA) Donors- 2011 campaign, and IDOT was recognized by SECA for exceptional Giving- 2011.

Safety
  • IDOT received Outstanding Contribution Award from Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) for efforts in helping teens make the right choices.

Sustainable Practices
  • IDOT received an Environmental Excellence Award from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) for archaeological work done on the New Mississippi River Bridge Project at St. Louis.

  • IDOT received the Governor’s Green Government Coordinating Council Award for its successful promotion of International Walk to School Day and 2011 Earth Day Projects such as 10,000 Trees to Illinois Schools and Illinois Schools Rain Barrel Design Contest.

  • IDOT received one of AASHTO's 2012 Sweet Sixteen High Value Research Project awards for "Evaluation of 3D Laser Scanning for Construction."

2010

Efficient Project Delivery
  • IDOT received the Award of Excellence in Urban Highways from the Federal Highway Administration's (FHWA) Excellence in Highway Design Awards Program in the efficient project delivery category for its Reconstruction of South Lake Shore Drive.

  • IDOT was recognized by the American Association of State Highway Transportation Officials’ (AASHTO) for organizational integration in its planning approach to Context Sensitive Solutions.

Safety
  • IDOT received the Safety Leadership Award from AASHTO for driving down fatalities on Illinois roadways.

  • IDOT received 1st place in the National Chiefs of Police Challenge: Special Law Enforcement Category.

  • IDOT received the US DOT Motor Carrier Safety Assistance Program (MCSAP) Leadership Award for its Commercial Motor Vehicle Section- Compliance Reviews.

  • IDOT received one of AASHTO's 2010 Sweet Sixteen High Value Research Project awards for "Speed Photo Enforcement."

Sustainable Practices
  • IDOT was recognized by the Federal Highways Administration (FHWA) for its exemplary Ecosystem Initiative, in concert with the Tollway, on the North Chicago wetland/habitat restoration just south of Buckley Road and east of the Tri-State Tollway (I-94).

  • IDOT received the Green Government Award for its Rain Barrel Elementary School Contest and miscellaneous other green initiatives under way at the department.

  • FHWA recognized IDOT for its exemplary Human Environment Initiatives and exemplary Ecosystem Initiatives. This award acknowledged Illinois’ transportation initiatives to improve the human and natural environments.

  • IDOT received the Governor’s Green Vendor Award during the Illinois State Fair for its use of plant-based inks and biodegradable supplies.

  • IDOT was recognized by the Respiratory Health Association of Metropolitan Chicago and Citizens Actions/Illinois for its construction management practices to improve air quality.

  • IDOT received one of AASHTO's 2012 Sweet Sixteen High Value Research Project awards for " Speed Photo Enforcement."

2009

Efficient Project Delivery
  • IDOT received the Award of Excellence in Urban Highways- FHWA’s Excellence in Highway Design Awards Program for its outstanding work on highways, bridges, pedestrian facilities, roadside facilities, and other facets of roadway design during the reconstruction of South Lake Shore Drive. 

  • IDOT was recognized by American Association of State Highway Transportation Officials’ (AASHTO) for its organizational integration in its planning approach to Context Sensitive Solutions.

Safety
  • IDOT received an Emmy at the Chicago/Midwest Chapter of the TV Academy for Best Public Service Announcement on “Cops Everywhere” series.

  • IDOT received its Telly Award for best local and regional television commercial on its “Loser” campaign.

Sustainable Practices
  • IDOT received the Governor’s Green Government Coordinating Council Award for Sustainable Transportation.