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.

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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. 

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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:


Rochelle-based Nippon Sharyo has been named the intended recipient of a $352 million contract to build 130 bi-level passenger railcars to accommodate high-speed rail expansion in Illinois and two other Midwest states as well as California.