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September 2021

Airport of the Year awards announced by IDOT

September 27, 2021

SPRINGFIELD - Reflecting the importance and vitality of the state's aviation system, 12 airports have received Airport of the Year awards from the Illinois Department of Transportation. The awards were presented today during the Illinois Public Airports Association Fall Conference in Galena.
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Gov. JB Pritzker Proclaims September 20-26 Rail Safety Week in Illinois

September 21, 2021

Chicago, IL - Governor JB Pritzker has proclaimed September 20-26 as Rail Safety Week in Illinois. In recognition, the Illinois Commerce Commission in conjunction with Operation Lifesaver will be sharing rail safety facts, tips, and resources to raise awareness about motorists and pedestrian safety around railroad tracks and trains. Operation Lifesaver is a national non-profit rail safety organization.
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Child Passenger Safety Week: Free seat checks available

September 21, 2021

SPRINGFIELD -The Illinois Department of Transportation announced today that certified child passenger safety technicians are offering free car seat safety checks throughout the state as part of Child Passenger Safety Week this week, highlighted by National Seat Check Saturday on Saturday, Sept. 25.
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Public input sought for new data-driven decisions tool

September 10, 2021

SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois Department of Transportation announced today that it is seeking input as it develops a revised project-selection process intended to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the state's transportation system. Feedback from the public and stakeholders on the department's enhanced data-driven approach to project prioritization can be provided on a new webpage as well as a webinar on Sept. 29.
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Lanes opening where possible for Labor Day travel

September 3, 2021

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Transportation announced today that lanes that have been closed for construction will reopen, where possible, for the Labor Day holiday to minimize travel disruption.
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Make the smart choice over Labor Day: Drive sober

September 1, 2021

SPRINGFIELD – As people join together to celebrate summer’s last hurrah, the Illinois Department of Transportation and Illinois State Police are reminding motorists to make a plan for a safe and sober ride home before indulging in Labor Day festivities. During this busy time for travel, law enforcement throughout the state are stepping up enforcement efforts to keep impaired drivers off the roads.
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August 2021

Gov. Pritzker Signs Legislation Allowing the Use of Electronic Signatures Across State Agencies

August 24, 2021

CHICAGO - Governor JB Pritzker signed Senate Bill 2459 into law, allowing the use of electronic signatures at the Department of Transportation, the Illinois State Toll Highway Authority, and the Capital Development Board.
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Governor Pritzker Announces New Initiative to Improve Transportation Infrastructure, Save Taxpayer Dollars

August 24, 2021

CHICAGO - Building on his historic, bipartisan Rebuild Illinois capital plan that invests $45 billion in the state's roads, bridges, railways and other critical projects over the next six years, Governor Pritzker today signed House Bill 253 into law. The legislation requires the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) to establish and implement a transportation performance program to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the state's transportation system.
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Pritzker Administration Breaks Ground on $216.8 Million Rebuild Illinois Funded I-57/74

August 23, 2021

CHAMPAIGN-URBANA - Governor JB Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Transportation were joined today by local officials and community leaders to announce the start of construction on a new Interstate 57/74 interchange, one of the cornerstone projects of the governor's historic, bipartisan Rebuild Illinois capital program. The $216.8 million project will rebuild the original interchange built more than 50 years ago, improve safety and mobility, and create thousands of construction and permanent jobs while positioning the region for long-term economic opportunity.
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Safe Routes to School project proposals sought

August 23, 2021

SPRINGFIELD – With summer break coming to an end and students hitting the books, the Illinois Department of Transportation announced today that it is seeking proposals for projects that will help children walk and bike to school through the Safe Routes to School program. The funding opportunity further highlights IDOT’s commitment under Gov. JB Pritzker to promote and expand active transportation options in communities throughout Illinois.
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Pritzker Administration Announces $10.1 Million Rail Improvement Project in Metro East

August 19, 2021

SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois Department of Transportation announced today a $10.1 million project to modernize rail operations, improve safety and enhance the mobility of goods, people and services throughout Metro East. The project, a joint federal and state effort with several railroads, will reconfigure an outdated network of tracks and signals, while replacing a 97-year-old trackside control tower and transferring its functions to a centralized facility.
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Wanted: Snowbirds to join IDOT’s snow-and-ice team

August 16, 2021

SPRINGFIELD - The calendar still says August, but the Illinois Department of Transportation is looking for qualified individuals to apply for seasonal positions to help with snow-and-ice removal across the state through its annual “snowbird” program. The temporary snowplow drivers are hired by IDOT every year on a full-time and on-call basis to help keep roads cleared throughout the winter.
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Traffic pattern changes for Illinois State Fair

August 5, 2021

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Transportation and Illinois Department of Agriculture today announced temporary changes in traffic patterns near the Illinois State Fairgrounds to accommodate the influx of vehicles during the fair.
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July 2021

Rebuilding Illinois: Construction begins on Houbolt Road Extension in Will County

July 20, 2021

CHICAGO - The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) today joined CenterPoint Properties, Will County and City of Joliet officials to mark the start of construction of the Houbolt Road Extension, a public-private partnership that will improve safety and traffic flow along the critical Interstate 80 corridor, while expanding job growth and economic opportunity. The project includes a 1.5-mile extension of Houbolt Road, a rebuilt interchange with I-80 and a new bridge connecting to the country's largest inland port. By leveraging an IDOT investment of $32 million to accomplish an overall improvement of nearly $200 million, this project furthers Governor JB Pritzker's mission to overhaul one of the state's key travel and freight corridors.
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State-supported Amtrak passenger trains to resume full service July 19

July 14, 2021

CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Transportation announced today that the Lincoln Service, Carl Sandburg/Illinois Zephyr and Illini/Saluki state-supported Amtrak trains will resume full service effective July 19. Service levels had been reduced by half due to the COVID-19 pandemic. With the resumption of a full schedule, there will be five daily roundtrips between Chicago and St. Louis (including the Amtrak national Texas Eagle), two daily roundtrips between Chicago and Quincy, and three daily roundtrips between Chicago and Carbondale (including the Amtrak national City of New Orleans).
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Road work on I-474 near Peoria begins July 19

July 13, 2021

PEORIA - The Illinois Department of Transportation today announced that patching, resurfacing and other improvements to Interstate 474 from Interstate 74 to the Illinois River in Peoria County will require lane closures in each direction, beginning July 19.
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Illinois Department of Transportation adds alternative fuel corridor signs along Illinois interstates

July 7, 2021

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) today announced that more than 30 Alternative Fuels Corridor signs have been posted on interstates statewide, with another 20 going up this summer. The signs further Gov. JB Pritzker’s goal of expanding the adoption of electric vehicles across the state and are part of a national effort to promote alternative fuels.
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Pritzker Administration Issues Disaster Proclamation for Grundy County in Response to Lithium Battery Fire

July 5, 2021

MORRIS - Today, Governor JB Pritzker issued a disaster proclamation for Grundy County in response to an industrial fire in Morris. A disaster proclamation grants the State of Illinois the ability to expedite the use of state resources, personnel or equipment, and allows the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) to procure additional resources to help the county respond to the disaster.
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Downstate transit agencies eligible for next round of Rebuild Illinois investments

July 2, 2021

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Transportation announced today that proposals are being accepted through Aug. 31 from downstate transit providers as part of the Rebuild Illinois Transit Capital Grant Program. This second round of three grant cycles seeks applications to distribute $110 million for projects that will expand and improve service, increase transportation options and enhance quality of life.
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Lanes opening where possible for July 4 travel

July 1, 2021

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Transportation announced today that lanes that have been closed for construction will reopen, where possible, for the Independence Day holiday to minimize travel disruption
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June 2021

IDOT reminds public to stay safe around flood waters

June 30, 2021

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Transportation is reminding the public to stay alert for potential flooding and anticipate that travel could be impacted with more rain in the forecast this week. The department continues to monitor weather conditions and will respond as necessary to flooding situations as they occur.
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Keep your independence on the Fourth: Drive sober

June 30, 2021

SPRINGFIELD – This year’s Independence Day “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” safety campaign is underway and will run through the holiday weekend. The Illinois Department of Transportation and Illinois State Police are joining with law enforcement statewide to drive down injuries and death at a time when traffic fatalities continue to trend upward.
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Multiple projects scheduled for central Cook County

June 29, 2021

CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Transportation announced today that multiple improvement projects in central Cook County are underway or starting soon and extending into 2023. The six projects represent a total investment of $95 million for the region, with $48 million coming from Gov. JB Pritzker’s historic, bipartisan Rebuild Illinois capital program.
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Multiple projects scheduled in southern Cook County

June 28, 2021

CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Transportation announced today that multiple improvement projects in southern Cook County are underway or starting soon and extending into 2022. The six projects represent a total investment of $27 million for the region, with $14 million coming from Gov. JB Pritzker’s historic, bipartisan Rebuild Illinois capital program.
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Multiple projects scheduled in northern Cook County

June 25, 2021

CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Transportation announced today that multiple improvement projects in northern Cook County are underway or starting soon and extending into 2022. The seven projects represent a total investment of more than $66 million for the region, made possible by Gov. JB Pritzker’s historic, bipartisan Rebuild Illinois capital program.
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Beware of texts, emails requesting personal info

June 22, 2021

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Transportation is reminding the public to be on the alert for text and email scams asking for personal information. Over the last several weeks, IDOT has been made aware messages sent fraudulently on its behalf, attempting to defraud the public.
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Gov. Pritzker Activates State Emergency Operation Center, Deploys National Guard to Respond to Chemical Fire in Winnebago County

June 14, 2021

ROCKTON - Governor JB Pritzker has activated the State Emergency Operation Center to mobilize emergency response personnel and operational facilities to monitor a large chemical fire in Winnebago County. Upon notification of the emergency, the State notified authorities in Winnebago, Stephenson and McHenry counties. The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) and Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) dispatched crews to the area to assist local jurisdictions to expedite assistance and resources. The Illinois State Emergency Operations Center in Springfield was activated and members of the Illinois National Guard and mobile response vehicles were dispatched to the area.
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Rebuilding Illinois: Local transportation enhancement projects get $106 million boost from IDOT, historic capital program

June 9, 2021

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Transportation today announced that nearly $106 million has been awarded through the Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program to expand travel options and enhance quality of life in communities throughout the state. This year’s program is the largest ever due to the passage of Gov. JB Pritzker’s Rebuild Illinois and for the first time dedicates resources to communities that exhibit the greatest need.
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Public input sought through June 14 on new Illinois rail study

June 1, 2021

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Transportation is inviting the public to comment and offer suggestions on a new study assessing the state’s rail system. The goal of the study is to seek input on current conditions, capacity concerns and safety challenges to help identify potential improvements and solutions.
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May 2021

Lanes opening where possible for Memorial Day travel

May 27, 2021

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Transportation announced today that lanes that have been closed for construction will reopen, where possible, for the Memorial Day weekend to minimize travel disruption
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'Border to Border' seat belt enforcement through Memorial Day focuses on reducing injuries, fatalities

May 26, 2021

SPRINGFIELD –The Illinois Department of Transportation, Illinois State Police and law enforcement agencies across the state are joining the national “Border to Border” campaign by increasing seat belt patrols and enforcement zones through Memorial Day.
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Cutting crews: Seasonal roadside mowing resumes

May 24, 2021

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Transportation announced today that roadside mowing operations have resumed statewide, requiring drivers to slow down, avoid all distractions and proceed with caution when encountering equipment and personnel. Keeping with its commitment to help the environment, agriculture and economy, IDOT again is scheduling mowing to maintain and grow pollinator habitat.
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Gov. Pritzker Announces Six-Year $20.7 Billion Construction Plan Made Possible By Rebuild Illinois

May 19, 2021

SPRINGFIELD - Governor JB Pritzker joined the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) and labor, legislative and local leaders today to announce the release of a $20.7 billion multi-year plan to improve Illinois' roads and bridges over the next six years. This robust commitment, fueled by the historic, bipartisan Rebuild Illinois capital plan, will reinforce Illinois' leadership as a transportation hub and create thousands of jobs as the state seeks to spur economic growth following the COVID-19 pandemic. The latest multi-year plan builds on significant infrastructure investment over the past two years, with over 2,700 miles of state and local roadways and 290 bridges already improved through Rebuild Illinois.
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Top national diversity award for IDOT, Acting Secretary Osman

May 13, 2021

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Transportation and Acting Illinois Transportation Secretary Omer Osman have received top national honors from Women in Transportation Seminar International, a group that promotes the development and advancement of women in transportation. A 31-year IDOT employee who has led the agency since 2019, Osman has been named recipient of the WTS Recognition Honorable Ray LaHood Award for his longtime efforts to promote diversity.
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Seeing blue: New EV charging station signs to appear soon along Illinois interstates

May 12, 2021

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Transportation announced today that new signs will start appearing along interstate corridors, guiding motorists to charging stations for electric vehicles. The signs are part of a national effort to promote alternative fuels that will also spark economic activity in Illinois communities and follow Gov. JB Pritzker’s commitment to have 750,000 electric vehicles on the road by 2030.
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Gov. Pritzker Announces $1 Billion in Rebuild Illinois Grants Distributed for Local Infrastructure Projects

May 11, 2021

CHAMPAIGN - As summer construction season ramps up, Gov. JB Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) today announced the fourth round of $250 million in Rebuild Illinois funded grants is available to advance municipal, township, and county projects across the state. With the latest round of grants, $1 billion in funding has now been distributed to address local transportation needs. The funding ensures that local governments can continue to invest in projects that sustain good-paying jobs and enhance quality of life for Illinois residents.
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Springfield Rail Improvement Project’s Ash Street underpass named 'Project of the Year'

May 10, 2021

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Transportation announced today that the Illinois chapter of the American Public Works Association has recognized the Ash Street underpass in Springfield as its “Project of the Year.”
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Gov. Pritzker announces $94 million from Rebuild Illinois to revitalize airports

May 7, 2021

SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Transportation announced today that $94 million will be made available to improve public airports throughout the state through the historic, bipartisan Rebuild Illinois capital program. As part of a competitive grant process, IDOT will be seeking proposals for the planning, construction, reconstruction, extension, development and improvement of public airports. The investment will not only create good-paying jobs during construction, but provide long-term opportunities for airports to expand their workforce.
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Gov. Pritzker Urges Illinois to 'Start Seeing Motorcycles'

May 6, 2021

SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker has proclaimed May as Motorcycle Awareness Month in Illinois, joining the Illinois Department of Transportation, Illinois State Police and motorcycle safety advocates to remind all users of the road to Start Seeing Motorcycles.
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April 2021

"Drive safe. Work safe. Save lives."

April 27, 2021

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Transportation, Illinois State Police, Illinois Tollway, Secretary of State Jesse White, industry partners and frontline construction workers joined forces today for National Work Zone Awareness Week, asking the public to “Drive safe. Work safe. Save lives.”
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Illinois goes orange for Work Zone Awareness Week

April 26, 2021

SPRINGFIELD – Bridges and buildings throughout the state will be turning orange this week to honor those who have died in work zones and to raise awareness as the Illinois Department of Transportation signals the start of another construction season. To coincide with the national campaign held each spring, Gov. JB Pritzker has proclaimed April 26-30 as “Work Zone Safety Awareness Week” in Illinois.
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On Earth Day, IDOT reminds motorists to ‘think before you throw’

April 22, 2021

SPRINGFIELD – As the world celebrates Earth Day, the Illinois Department of Transportation is joining its Adopt-A-Highway program partners and volunteer groups to remind motorists that we must all do our part to protect the environment – and our pocketbooks – by disposing of trash properly through its “Think Before You Throw” anti-littering initiative. Gov. JB Pritzker has designated April “Anti-Roadside Littering Campaign Month” in Illinois.
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Pritzker administration announces $110 million in Rebuild Illinois funding for public ports across Illinois

April 12, 2021

Governor JB Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) today announced $110 million in funding from the bipartisan Rebuild Illinois capital plan is available to improve public ports across the state of Illinois. The Department is seeking project proposals to improve public ports and help modernize and revitalize the state’s marine transportation system. Applications are due June 11 to be eligible for a total of $110 million in funding to be released later this year.
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Employee innovation recognized at IDOT

April 8, 2021

SPRINGFIELD – An idea to ensure proper signage in work zones and a new process that simplifies project planning took top honors in the Illinois Department of Transportation’s fourth annual Innovative Ideas Contest, a statewide employee initiative to reward problem-solving while saving taxpayer money and improving safety and efficiency.
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Multiple projects scheduled in Kane and DuPage area

April 8, 2021

CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Transportation announced today that multiple improvement projects in Kane and DuPage counties are scheduled to get underway beginning this spring. The seven projects represent a total investment of more than $41 million for the region, made possible by Gov. JB Pritzker’s bipartisan Rebuild Illinois capital program.
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Local projects receive $7 million from IDOT to help manage truck traffic, economic growth

April 5, 2021

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Transportation announced today that $7 million has been awarded for 21 projects that upgrade roads to accommodate local truck traffic, leveraging a total investment of $36 million that will create jobs and boost economic activity in communities throughout the state. The funding is yet another example of IDOT under Gov. JB Pritzker making sure communities have the resources they need to attract business, manage growth and improve local quality of life.
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March 2021

IDOT, ISP remind motorcyclists to ‘Ride Smart’

March 26, 2021

SPRINGFIELD — As warmer weather approaches, motorcycles are becoming a common sight. In an effort to advocate for a safe riding season, the Illinois Department of Transportation and the Illinois State Police have joined forces to kick off the latest “Ride Smart” safety campaign, reminding motorcyclists to have their bikes safety-checked to make sure they’re in proper running condition, prepare their high-visibility clothing and take advantage of the free motorcycle training classes throughout the state.
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Think Before You Throw!

March 23, 2021

SPRINGFIELD – With the arrival of spring, the Illinois Department of Transportation is reminding drivers to be on the lookout for crews picking up litter and asking the public to do its part by properly disposing trash and saving taxpayers millions of dollars a year in unnecessary costs.
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ICC Announces FY 2022-2026 Crossing Safety Improvement Plan

March 22, 2021

Springfield, IL - On Thursday, the Illinois Commerce Commission approved its annual five-year Crossing Safety Improvement Program to begin implementing highway-rail safety capital projects for local roads across the state. For Fiscal Years 2022-2026, the ICC will spend $341 million from the Grade Crossing Protection Fund (GCPF) to help local communities and railroads pay for safety improvements at nearly 500 crossing locations. The plan also allocates $78 million from the Rebuild Illinois (RBI) capital program for the installation of grade crossing protection or grade separations not limited to local routes or other restrictions.
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Gov. Pritzker Announces $250 million in Grants for Local Transportation Projects Through Rebuild Illinois

March 11, 2021

DeKalb - Governor JB Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Transportation today announced that a third $250 million installment is being made to counties, municipalities and townships to address their transportation needs as part of the historic, bipartisan Rebuild Illinois capital program. The funding ensures the continued investment in local infrastructure to improve safety, enhance quality of life and help sustain the economy across the state by rebuilding Illinois communities and putting people to work.
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February 2021

IDOT recognized for advancing women in transportation

February 26, 2021

CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Transportation announced today its leadership team received top awards from the Women in Transportation Seminar Chicago, a group that promotes the development and advancement of women in transportation. Acting Illinois Transportation Secretary Omer Osman received the Honorable Ray LaHood Award, while Office of Business and Workforce Diversity Director Pam Simon was named Woman of the Year.
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Building Blocks of Success: IDOT announces March dates for Disadvantaged Business Enterprise program workshops

February 24, 2021

CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Transportation is hosting free virtual workshops in March as part of its Building Blocks of Success series for firms interested in participating in the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise program, strengthening their skills and bidding on state projects. The workshops are open to all, but some are tailored to specific districts/regions of the state.
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Heavy snow, bitter cold to make travel hazardous

February 15, 2021

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Transportation and Illinois State Police are warning the public that a major winter storm will create hazardous conditions across the state, urging drivers to strongly consider postponing any unnecessary travel. Throughout Illinois, intense periods of heavy snow and continued bitter cold should be anticipated, creating extremely slick conditions and poor visibility.
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State Public Safety Agencies to Monitor Winter Storm Needs Across the State

February 4, 2021

SPRINGFIELD, IL -- Governor JB Pritzker has directed state public safety agencies to work with state agencies and local jurisdictions to ensure the appropriate resources are available as artic cold temperatures and snow takes aim on our state.
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January 2021

Heavy snow, strong winds to slow travel this weekend

January 30, 2021

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Transportation and Illinois State Police are warning the public that travel will be impacted throughout the weekend by a winter storm stretching across the northern part of the state. Starting this afternoon and into Sunday, heavy snow should be anticipated, creating slick roads, reduced visibility and travel times that will be much longer than normal.
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Building Blocks of Success: IDOT announces February dates for Disadvantaged Business Enterprise program workshops

January 28, 2021

CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Transportation is hosting free virtual workshops in February as part of its Building Blocks of Success series for firms interested in participating in the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise program, strengthening their skills and bidding on state projects. The workshops are open to all, but some are tailored to specific districts/regions of the state.
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Heavy snow, rain to impact travel across Illinois

January 25, 2021

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Transportation is warning the public that a major winter storm will impact travel across the state, with the potential to drop several inches of snow across northern Illinois and hail and freezing rain expected in regions to the south. The public is advised to plan accordingly and anticipate deteriorating conditions, slick roads and much longer travel times.
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Website launched for multiyear Fayette Avenue project

January 21, 2021

EFFINGHAM – The Illinois Department of Transportation has launched a new website to inform the public about the reconstruction and widening of Fayette Avenue (U.S. 40/U.S. 45/Illinois 33) through Effingham. The $27 million project, made possible by Gov. JB Pritzker’s historic and bipartisan Rebuild Illinois capital program, will increase capacity and improve safety for both motorists and pedestrians while creating good-paying jobs and long-term economic opportunity
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IDOT announces January dates for Disadvantaged Business Enterprise program workshops

January 6, 2021

CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Transportation is hosting free virtual workshops in January as part of its Building Blocks of Success series for firms interested in participating in the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise program strengthening their skills and bidding on state projects. The workshops are open to all, but some are tailored to specific districts/regions of the state.
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