Amanda Vinicky / Illinois Public Radio

The llinois Department of Transportation may be wrapping up its busy construction season, but the upcoming winter will mean more repairs for road crews to work on next summer. But that depends on getting a state budget in place first.

A lot of money for road construction comes from a separate fund than what's being debated in Springfield right now in the months-long budget stalemate. But some money comes from the same pot of cash that many human services and other state programs are vying for.

IDOT Announces $8.4 Billion Improvement Program

May 15, 2015

Illinois Department of Transportation officials announced an $8.4 billion, six-year program to improve roads and bridges.

But IDOT warned it won't be enough to keep the overall condition of the state's infrastructure from deteriorating.

Transportation Secretary Randy Blankenhorn says finding long-term, sustainable funding is urgent. The vast majority of the funding for the new multi-year plan comes from federal aid.

Rachel Otwell

Gov. Bruce Rauner made an appearance yesterday at an Illinois Department of Transportation hearing on infrastructure needs.

IDOT is traveling across the state to build support for a new construction program. Rauner used his own travel experiences as an example. As is often good practice when giving a speech, the governor started his remarks with a joke.


The Illinois Department of Transportation is considering plans for new transit systems including road, bridge and airport improvements. IDOT is holding local meetings to hear from members of the public.

The Illinois Department of Transportation, along with the Illinois Capital Development Board, will hold a series of listening sessions over the next month to discuss the state’s infrastructure needs. 

Community members are invited to Wednesday morning at Ottawa City Hall.  Another meeting takes place that evening at KSB Hospital in Dixon. 


Illinois Department of Transportation says construction work resumes today to replace the Bypass U.S. 20 bridge over the Rock River on Rockford’s south side. 

The ramps are scheduled to be closed today as a result. The department says to use "extreme caution" while driving through work zones.

Traffic will be restricted to one lane in each direction during the construction after today. The $21 million project is scheduled to be completed by the end of November.

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An Illinois lawmaker wants motorcycle safety to be an official part of driver's education classes. 

The proposal by Republican Representative Tom Bennett would require all behind-the-wheel instruction to include lessons on motorcycle awareness and safety.

Bennett says the concern was raised by some in his central Illinois district.

The Illinois Department of Transportation reports motorcycle fatalities made up 15 percent of all vehicle fatalities in 2013.

Bennett says he purposely kept the proposal’s language general to give schools flexibility.

Report: IDOT Improperly Hired 250 Workers

Aug 22, 2014

A new report says that the Illinois Department of Transportation improperly hired hundreds of workers over the last 10 years.

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. 

State Bike Plan Taking Shape

Jul 19, 2013

The state of Illinois wants to become a more welcoming place for cyclists. But will the effort be enough to win over bike riders?


The Illinois Department of Transportation's Division of Aeronautics  has recognized several northern Illinois airports for their accomplishments throughout the year, including, according to IDOT, "an outstanding partnership with the state of Illinois and their commitment to customer satisfaction."

Area winners of the "2013 Airport of the Year" include: