"Snow Plow" by Flickr User June Marie / (CC x 2.0)

The snowfall Christmas Eve gave notice that winter is here in Illinois, and with it hazardous conditions. A recent redesign of the Illinois Department of Transportation website,, aims to make winter road condition information more convenient and accessible for drivers.

The update includes more detailed reports on snow coverage that are recorded by plow drivers out in the field. The information is continually fed onto the website through a cloud-based system.

IDOT Preparing For Heavy Eclipse Traffic

Aug 7, 2017

The best viewing spots for the solar eclipse later this month will be in southern Illinois, and IDOT spokesman Guy Tridgell said the agency is preparing for crowds of up to 200,000 people traveling roads like US 51, Illinois 13, and Interstate 57. 

"We've already made plans to lift any lane closures on major projects in that area to help the flow of traffic," he said. "We're prepared to have temporary portable message boards brought in, just in case, to help with messaging and traffic flow." 

By William Warby ( [CC BY 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

The Illinois Department of Transportation is revising its mowing routes along state highways this spring and summer to only 15 feet beyond the edge of the roadway. 

The move is meant to encourage the growth of critical plant species like milkweed, a primary source of food for pollinators including monarch butterflies. 

The monarch butterfly is the Illinois state insect. Its population has declined by 80% in the past 10 years.  

Brian Mackey / Illinois Public Radio

A new report by a court-appointed watchdog charged with looking into patronage hiring at the Illinois transportation department details how friends and relatives of top Democrats were hired under former Gov. Pat Quinn, even as many had little or no experience.


The Chicago Tribune reports the findings released Monday are the result of an inquiry that began in 2014 after a federal judge assigned a lawyer to dig into hiring at the Illinois Department of Transportation.

"Seatbelt plug" by Flickr User Benjamin Goodger / (CC X 2.0)

The Illinois Department of Transportation says state traffic deaths have exceeded 1,000 this year, breaking records since 2008.

Officials say dozens have died during the New Year’s holiday period since 2011, including drivers who tested positive for alcohol. 

As the New Year’s holiday approaches, the agency says police are increasing efforts to keep road deaths down. Scott Kristiansen, with IDOT, says a change in driver’s habits may contribute to the numbers.