Virginia Dept. of Transportation

Safety and insurance industry experts say Illinois traffic fatalities are expected to pass 1,000 this year for the first time since 2008. That's because of higher speeds, more miles driven, and an increase in younger drivers on the road. 

The State Journal-Register reports that 629 people had died in vehicle, motorcycle, pedestrian and bicycle crashes in Illinois this year as of Friday. The number is up 50 from the same period of 2015. That year, there were 998 traffic fatalities, which was the highest number since 1,043 died in 2008. 

Moving Forward On The Illiana Tollway

Dec 12, 2013

The Chicago area could be getting another highway in a few years. A Northwest Indiana planning board voted overwhelmingly to move forward on the Illiana Tollway. 

Susan Stephens / WNIJ

Drivers will be able to legally go five miles an hour faster on most Illinois highways, beginning in January.  Governor Pat Quinn has signed a new law increasing the speed limit to 70 miles an hour. 

Jacquilyn Stephens / WNIJ

$1.6 billion worth of transportation projects got the go-ahead today when Governor Pat Quinn signed a major capital improvements bill.