Illinois Department of Transportation

Safety on the Roads
5:38 pm
Sat February 1, 2014

Group Calls for Stricter Teen Driving Laws


The Illinois Department of Transportation reported teen driving fatalities were at an all-time low in 2013.

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New Illinois Law
1:26 pm
Tue December 31, 2013

Not So Fast With 70 MPH Speed Limit

This Illinois Department of Transportation map shows where the speed limit increases to 70 mph as of January 1, 2014.
Credit IDOT

Beginning January 1, the maximum speed limit in Illinois will increase to 70 miles an hour. But you might want to hold off on the throttle for at least a few weeks.

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Cell Phone Usage/Speed Limit
8:03 am
Fri December 27, 2013

Driving Laws Changing in Illinois in 2014

Anyone driving in Illinois after January 1, 2014 must be prepared for some significant changes.

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Figure is higher for Tri-States
11:51 am
Fri June 21, 2013

1 in 12 Illinois Bridges Deficient

Bridge on Wigwam Hollow Road (Not confirmed Deficient.)
Credit SSS

A national transportation advocacy groups says 1 in 12 Illinois bridges are structurally deficient.

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Passenger Rail Upgrade
2:28 pm
Sun July 8, 2012

New Look for Amtrak in Illinois

The Carl Sandburg pulls into the Macomb Travel Center
Rich Egger
  • Interview with Ann Schneider

Illinois will acquire new rail cars for all of the in-state Amtrak routes. Illinois Department of Transportation Secretary Ann Schneider said the new cars will address the increase in ridership experienced by the service for the past five or six years.

“They're going to be bi-level cars,” Schneider said. “It allows us to transport more passengers on the same footprint. So it makes it more efficient and it gives us opportunity to expand service without having to add train sets.”

All of the seating on current cars is on the same level.

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