Illinois Department of Transportation
As much as most Illinois residents hated last winter’s snowy, frigid weather, state transportation officials said there was a silver lining. Last year saw the fewest traffic deaths on Illinois roads in nearly a century.
State officials on Friday tried to deflect blame for a major traffic jam on the inbound Kennedy Expressway, while apologizing to commuters for any inconvenience when two lanes were shut down to clean graffiti from a highway sign at Division Street.
David James, a private meteorologist who provides forecasts for IDOT, said he doesn’t expect this winter’s snowfall to be as bad as last winter.
Magistrate Judge Sidney Schenkier told attorneys Wednesday that the monitor would help compliance of a decades-old political hiring ban.
The bridge deck repairs on the Stevenson Expressway 1-55 (Stevenson Expressway) from I-90/94 (Dan Ryan Expressway) to US 41 (Lake Shore Drive) will resume Monday, July 21 through next week Monday, July 28.
The Quinn administration has expanded a job training program that helps people get jobs in the construction industry, on the heels of news the state’s unemployment rate dropped to 7.1 percent in June, its lowest level in nearly six years.
The Chicago Democrat’s actions, which also included ordering an outside audit of past IDOT hires, come amid questions about whether state jobs were improperly filled based on clout rather than qualifications.
Gov. Pat Quinn’s office announced Monday that Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs Director Erica Borggren has been appointed to the post held by Ann Schneider since 2011.
The public-private development would fund the proposed Illiana toll road, a 47-mile east-west road connecting Interstate 55 near Wilmington, Ill., and Interstate 65 near Lowell, Ind.
The topic came up at a status hearing in a civil case in front of the U.S. District Court in Chicago. Attorney Michael Shakman asked in a motion last week for an investigation into Quinn’s hiring practices.
Questions about alleged patronage hiring violations at the Illinois Department of Transportation have become a flashpoint in the race for governor.
Chicago environmental groups filed a lawsuit Thursday to stop the proposed $1.3 billion Illiana Tollway linking northern Illinois and northwestern Indiana, claiming the Illinois Department of Transportation doesn’t have authority to develop it.
The Illiana Corridor would stretch from Interstate 55 to Indiana’s Interstate 65, linking Will County and Indiana’s Lake County.
Adding two extra lanes to the westernmost stretch of the Kennedy Expressway doesn’t bother Demetrios Agalianos. But a wall just feet from his Northwest Side home — meant to lessen noise from the busy expressway — isn’t sounding as sweet
The IDOT worker was getting into the truck about 11 p.m. after helping a motorist fix a flat tire on the southbound shoulder of the Kennedy near Addison Street when a 22-year-old man driving an SUV slammed into the back of the truck.
IDOT hopes to have some final issues resolved with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, state and federal environmental protection agencies and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers by the end of this month.
Police from the state, the city and the suburbs say that starting Thursday more officers than ever before will be involved in a stepped-up effort to deal with drunk and distracted drivers heading into the Labor Day weekend.
The City and State Departments of Transportation Tuesday night hosted the first of a series of meetings on proposed improvements to North Lake Shore Drive.
Gov. Pat Quinn has signed legislation putting the state’s Department of Transportation in charge of building and managing an airport in south suburban Peotone, but Democratic rival Bill Daley slammed the long-stalled plans for a third regional airport a “cruel hoax.”
To reduce congestion, construction was launched Wednesday on a four-year, $475 million construction project, which Quinn’s office says will create thousands of jobs.