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.
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:
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.