2015 News Releases


December 2015

IDOT: Illinois Law Enforcement Working Overtime this New Year’s Eve

December 30, 2015

CHICAGO – As 2015 comes to a close, the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), Illinois State Police (ISP) and nearly 200 law enforcement agencies throughout the state will be working overtime this New Year’s holiday weekend. The effort has one simple goal – to save lives and reduce fatalities and serious injuries on Illinois roadways.
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IDOT, Law Enforcement: Drunk Driving Ruins the Holidays

December 21, 2015

CHICAGO - The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), Illinois State Police (ISP) and 170 police and sheriff's departments today kicked off an all-out effort to keep drunk drivers off Illinois roads this holiday season. The end-of-year campaign comes as new National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) statistics indicate that while Illinois drunk driving fatalities are not increasing, they are not declining either.
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Drone for the Holidays? Remember the Preflight Checklist

December 16, 2015

SPRINGFIELD - With drone sales taking off approaching the holidays, the Illinois Department of Transportation urges the public to get up to speed on safety guidelines before going airborne.
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Buckle Up, No Matter Where You Sit

December 4, 2015

SPRINGFIELD - With new survey results showing rear seat belt usage still lagging behind front seat occupants, the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) and Illinois State Police (ISP) are reminding the public that anyone who rides in a motor vehicle needs to buckle up, no matter where they are sitting.
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Winter Weather - Get it Together

December 1, 2015

SPRINGFIELD - As snow and ice season bears down on Illinois, the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), Illinois State Police and the Illinois Tollway are teaming up to alert motorists to be prepared and to remember: "Winter Weather - Get it Together." By taking steps now to be ready to drive in wintry conditions, the traveling public can do its part to ensure a safe and successful winter driving season.
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November 2015

Celebrate Thanksgiving Tradition of Buckling Up, Driving Sober

November 23, 2015

CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) is joining Illinois State Police (ISP) and local law enforcement agencies to remind motorists to buckle up and drive sober during one of the heaviest travel periods of the year. With one of the biggest party nights of the year on Wednesday and more people on the roads through Sunday, police throughout the state are stepping up their enforcement of seat belt law violators and impaired drivers during the long holiday weekend.
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Snow Expected to Impact Travel in Illinois this Weekend

November 20, 2015

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announced today that snow is expected in parts of Illinois from late afternoon today, through Saturday afternoon. The National Weather Service is forecasting approximately 10 inches of snow in portions of northern and northwestern Illinois, and measurable amounts throughout the northern half of the state.
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October 2015

Halloween Partiers, Beware: Costumes Won't Stop Police from Catching Impaired Drivers this Weekend

October 29, 2015

CHICAGO - The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) and the Illinois State Police (ISP) today issued this simple message to Halloween revelers this weekend: Keep the party off the road. Even the best disguise won't make you invisible to law enforcement cracking down on drunk drivers and seat belt law violators throughout the weekend.
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Be Alert for Deer on Illinois Roads

October 14, 2015

SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois Department of Transportation, Illinois Department of Natural Resources, and Illinois State Police today reminded motorists that this is the time of year to be on high alert for deer on Illinois roads.
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September 2015

IDOT Announces Multi-Year Program Public Meetings

September 25, 2015

SPRINGFIELD - Illinois Transportation Secretary Randy Blankenhorn today announced that the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) is asking the public to participate in meetings being held throughout the state to help develop the upcoming Fiscal Year 2017-2022 Multi-Year Program (MYP).
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IDOT, Illinois Secretary of State, AAA Launch National Child Safety Week in Illinois

September 16, 2015

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), the Illinois Secretary of State and AAA today launched the 2015 National Child Passenger Safety Week in Illinois. The annual safety campaign brings attention to the importance of properly securing all children in car seats, booster seats and seat belts.
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Schools Encouraged to Participate in International Walk to School Day

September 15, 2015

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Transportation and Illinois State Board of Education are partnering to encourage schools throughout the state to participate in the annual International Walk to School Day event on Wednesday, Oct. 7.
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Roadwork Suspended for Labor Day Holiday Weekend

September 3, 2015

SPRINGFIELD–In an effort to reduce congestion and improve traffic flow this Labor Day holiday weekend, the Illinois Department of Transportation today announced that non- emergency roadwork will be suspended, where possible, from 3 p.m., Friday, Sept. 4, until 12:01a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 8
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Labor Day Message from IDOT, Police: “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over”

September 3, 2015

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), Illinois State Police (ISP) and hundreds of local police and sheriff’s departments across Illinois are reminding motorists that they will be out in force this holiday weekend, the culmination of a two-week crackdown on impaired drivers. The message and warning remains very simple: “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.”
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August 2015

Labor Day Drunk Driving Crackdown Begins in Illinois

August 24, 2015

SPRINGFIELD – Drunk driving, especially around holidays such as Labor Day, is one of the deadliest crimes we face in Illinois and the nation as a whole. The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) and Illinois State Police (ISP) are committed to saving lives and today the agencies announced the kickoff of the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” enforcement campaign leading up to Labor Day.
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One Yellow Dot Can Make Life or Death Difference

August 17, 2015

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), Illinois State Police, first responders and members of the medical community today showcased the benefits of the Illinois Yellow Dot program and signed up new participants on Senior Day at the Illinois State Fair.
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New State Maps Introduced at Illinois State Fair

August 14, 2015

SPRINGFIELD – A new Illinois Official Highway Map with a refreshed design and updated information is now available to the public and being distributed by the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) at the Illinois State Fair starting today.
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IDOT to Change Traffic Pattern for 2015 Illinois State Fair

August 10, 2015

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) will be altering the traffic pattern in the vicinity of the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield on Aug. 13-24 to accommodate the anticipated high volume of traffic and increase safety during the 2015 Illinois State Fair.
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July 2015

Safety Belt Use in Illinois Reaches 95.2 Percent

July 30, 2015

SPRINGFIELD – Illinois Transportation Secretary Randy Blankenhorn today announced that the estimated safety belt usage rate for drivers and front seat passengers in Illinois has reached an all-time high of 95.2 percent. This marks an increase of 1.1 percent from the previous record high level of 94.1 percent last year and represents an estimated 377 lives saved on Illinois roads.
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IDOT Announces Public Hearing for FHWA Interim Goal

July 15, 2015

The Illinois Department of Transportation (“Department”) sets its overall goal on a three-year cycle. The Department’s next scheduled submittal date is August 1, 2015. At this time, it has been determined that the Department will need additional time to collect data in order to develop an approach to setting an overall goal. In accordance with 49 CFR 26.45(f)(5), the Department is requesting that FHWA approve an interim aspirational goal of 22.77%. The interim goal-setting methodology is intended to be temporary and is available at the District Resource Centers as well as on the IDOT website.

In accordance with 49 CFR 26.45(g), the Department would like to announce Public Hearing on July 24th, 2015 from 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM at the following location: Illinois Department of Transportation Harry Hanley Building Auditorium 2300 South Dirksen Parkway, Springfield, IL 62764
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IDOT, State and Local Police Join Forces for Fourth of July Safety Campaign: “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over”

July 2, 2015

SPRINGFIELD – Our nation’s birthday, arguably the most patriotic day of the year, falls in the middle of summer, when Americans are enjoying their freedom and the opportunity to participate in Fourth of July festivities with family and friends. But Independence Day can be one of the deadliest holidays for those who aren’t careful when their celebrations include alcohol. The holiday can quickly move from festive to fatal for those who choose to drive after drinking.
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June 2015

IDOT Suspends Non-Emergency Road Work for Fourth of July Holiday Weekend

June 30, 2015

SPRINGFIELD – To improve traffic flow and reduce congestion for Fourth of July holiday travelers, the Illinois Department of Transportation today announced that non-emergency roadwork will be suspended, where possible, from 3 p.m.,Thursday, July 2, until 12:01 a.m., Monday, July 6
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State Supporting Flood Fights in Several Communities

June 26, 2015

SPRINGFIELD – Heavy rains over much of Illinois in recent weeks has caused already-swollen rivers and streams to spill over their banks, creating flood issues for communities across Illinois. As a result, the state of Illinois is providing assistance to communities working to protect critical infrastructure from flooding, as well as supporting ongoing recovery efforts in northern Illinois areas hit by several tornadoes Monday evening.
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IEMA, IDOT, IDNR Urge Residents to Stay Safe Around Flood Waters

June 16, 2015

SPRINGFIELD – With more heavy rains expected to fall later this week on already saturated ground, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA), the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) today urged Illinois residents to stay safe around flood waters.
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May 2015

IDOT, ISP: Drive Safe, Drive Smart Over Memorial Day Weekend

May 21, 2015

SPRINGFIELD – With the busy summer travel season beginning this holiday weekend, the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) was joined today by the Illinois State Police (ISP) and more than 350 local law enforcement agencies to remind motorists that they will be out in force, working around the clock to keep Illinois roads safe through Memorial Day.
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IDOT Suspends Non-Emergency Road Work for Memorial Day Holiday Weekend

May 21, 2015

SPRINGFIELD – The Memorial Day holiday weekend is expected to be a busy one on Illinois roads. Today, the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announced that non-emergency roadwork will be suspended, where possible, from 3 p.m. Friday, May 22 until 12 a.m. Tuesday, May 26.
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IDOT Announces “2015 Airport of the Year” Recipients

May 19, 2015

CHICAGO –Seven Illinois airports are winners of the “2015 Airport of the Year” award by the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT). For a wide variety of categories, Decatur Airport, DuPage Airport, Marshall County Airport, Mount Vernon Airport, Northwest Community Airport, Poplar Grove Airport, and Quincy Regional Airport, were all recognized on May 14, at the Illinois Aviation Conference, held in Rockford. These highly-regarded airports were acknowledged for their accomplishments throughout the year, including an outstanding partnership with the State of Illinois and the commitment to customer safety and satisfaction.
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IDOT Listening Tour Wraps Up with Nine Stops

May 15, 2015

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announced today that nine stops are scheduled during the final week of its listening tour to talk about the state’s infrastructure needs and priorities. Meetings will be held in Romeoville, Jacksonville and DeKalb on Monday, followed by Moline, Galesburg and Waukegan on Tuesday. The listening tour will visit Joliet and Bourbonnais on Thursday before concluding in Galena on Friday.
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New Multi-Year Highway Construction Plan Released

May 14, 2015

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) today released a six-year, $8.4 billion highway construction plan that fixes and improves roads and bridges throughout the state, but anticipates a rapid deterioration in the overall condition of Illinois infrastructure due to a lack of sustainable investment.
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IDOT, ISP, Local Law Enforcement Begin Click It or Ticket Campaign

May 8

CHICAGO – With Memorial Day approaching and summer right around the corner, the Illinois Department of Transportation, Illinois State Police and more than 300 local law enforcement agencies today are announcing the Click It or Ticket campaign over the next two weeks to crack down on seat belt law violators and impaired drivers.
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IDOT Listening Tour Makes Six Stops Next Week

May 8, 2015

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announced today that six stops will be made next week as part of the ongoing listening tour to talk about the state’s infrastructure needs and priorities.
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Riding Season Here, IDOT Urging Motorists to “Start Seeing Motorcycles”

May 6, 2015

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Transportation was joined today by Illinois State Police and motorcycle enthusiasts and advocates to launch the latest “Start Seeing Motorcycles” campaign aimed at reducing motorcycle crashes and fatalities in Illinois. To coincide with the effort, Gov. Bruce Rauner has proclaimed May as Motorcycle Awareness Month in Illinois for the 32nd consecutive year.
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IDOT Listening Tour Continues Next Week in 12 Illinois Coummunities

May 1, 2015

SPRINGFIELD–The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT)announced today that listening sessions being held throughout Illinois to discuss the state’s infrastructure needs and priorities will be in 12 communities next week.
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April 2015

IDOT’s First Listening Tour Sessions in Champaign, Macomb and Springfield

April 24, 2015

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Transportation announced today that the first of several listening sessions to discuss the state’s infrastructure needs and priorities will be held next week in eight communities, starting with Champaign on Monday, followed by Macomb and Springfield on Tuesday. The other locations the remainder of the week are Ottawa, Dixon, Bloomington/Normal, Grayslake and McHenry.
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Innovative IDOT Sign Program Means Earth Day is Every Day

April 21, 2015

CHICAGO – If you plan on driving on Illinois roads this Earth Day, take a close look at the highway signs. As part of its commitment to green and sustainable practices, the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) reclaims and remakes roadside signs with the use of a one-of-a-kind process that utilizes recycled water.
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IDOT Launches Statewide Listening Tour to Discuss Illinois Infrastructure Needs, Priorities

April 21, 2015

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Transportation, in conjunction with the Illinois Capital Development Board, announced today the start of a series of listening sessions over the next month to discuss the state’s infrastructure needs and the steps required to make sure the right investments are being made to keep Illinois competitive in a 21st century global economy. The meetings will be held in multiple communities throughout the state, with a goal of presenting Governor Rauner’s office with a comprehensive package of recommendations for consideration this spring.
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Motorcycle Season Revs Up, Riders Urged to “Gear Up-Ride Smart”

April 15, 2015

SPRINGFIELD – Spring is rolling in, the weather is getting warmer and motorcycles are emerging from winter hibernation. Before riders hit the road, the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) and the Illinois Motorcycle Dealers Association are reminding them to invest in their safety and “Gear Up-Ride Smart.”
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IDOT's Operation Teen Safe Driving Program Announces 2014-15 Winning Schools

April 14, 2015

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Transportation, Ford Motor Company Fund, Allstate Foundation, Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White and Illinois State Police today announced the winning schools from each of the seven regions of the 2014-15 Operation Teen Safe Driving (OTSD) program.
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March 2015

Motorists Urged to 'Expect the Unexpected' in Work Zones this Construction Season in Illinois

March 24, 2015

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), Illinois State Police (ISP) and the Illinois Tollway were joined by their industry partners today to kick off National Work Zone Awareness Week with a reminder to all Illinois motorists: Expect the unexpected driving through work zones. To signal the start of construction season and call attention to the dangers of driving in work zones, Governor Bruce Rauner has signed a proclamation designating this week as “Work Zone Safety Week” in Illinois.
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IDOT, Illinois State Police, Local Law Enforcement: Luck Alone Will Not Get You Home on St. Patrick’s Day

March 12, 2015

SPRINGFIELD – Leading up to the St. Patrick’s Day holiday, many Illinoisans will don their green, white and orange to celebrate. If your celebration involves alcohol at a local parade, pub or party, no luck of the Irish will protect you from the dangers presented by drunk or impaired drivers.
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February 2015

Snow to Impact Weekend Travel in Illinois

February 28, 2015

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announced today that a winter storm is expected to produce measurable snowfall in Illinois tonight and Sunday, with potentially hazardous travel conditions.
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Snow and Freezing Rain to Impact Travel in Illinois

February 20, 2015

SPRINGFIELD–The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announced today that a winter storm is expected to produce measurable snowfall and freezing rain in parts of Illinois tonight and Saturday, creating the possibility of hazardous travel conditions.
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January 2015

Heavy Snowfall, Strong Winds to Create Hazardous Conditions Tonight and Super Bowl Sunday

January 31, 2015

SPRINGFIELD –The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announced today that a winter storm anticipated to deliver heavy snowfall, strong winds and the potential for blowing and drifting snow will create hazardous driving conditions tonight and Sunday. Motorists should be alert for slick roadways, take extra precautions when driving and consider traveling only if it is necessary.
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Choose a Winning Team on Super Bowl Sunday: Drinking or Driving

January 29, 2015

CHICAGO – As America’s most watched national sporting event, the Super Bowl on Sunday, Feb.1, will be celebrated across the country. Because Super Bowl events and parties are likely to include alcoholic beverages, the Illinois Department of Transportation, the Illinois State Police and local law enforcement throughout Illinois are urging fans to plan, by choosing a designated driver.
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"Drive for Tomorrow" Program Helps Teens Drive Safely

January 27, 2015

SPRINGFIELD–The Illinois Department of Transportation, Illinois State Police and local sponsors are welcoming students to the Drive for Tomorrow program this week. This innovative, hands-on safe driving event, being held Jan. 27 through Jan. 30 at Prairie Capital Convention Center, is expected to draw more than 2,000 students from schools throughout the Springfield area.
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Governor Quinn Directs State Agencies to Combat Severe Winter Weather

January 5, 2015

CHICAGO – As Illinois battles severe low temperatures and anticipated snowfall, Governor Pat Quinn today is directing Illinois state agencies to be on high alert to help combat winter storms. The Governor also announced that the state has opened more than 100 warming centers across Illinois to provide shelter for residents from the bitter cold and has more than 1,700 trucks ready to combat the anticipated snow and ice. Today’s announcement is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to keeping all Illinois residents safe and warm this winter.
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