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Office of Communications

Guy Tridgell - Director

Tridgell has worked both sides of the proverbial fence in transportation communications for the last 20 years, including two stints at the Illinois Department of Transportation. Since 2016, he has served as the agency’s director of the Office of Communications. He first started at IDOT in 2010 as the public information officer in the Chicago area. He left the agency briefly to become communications director for a U.S. Congressman who served as the senior member from Illinois on the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee. A graduate of Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, he got his start as a longtime transportation reporter for daily newspapers in Chicago.

Office of Communications

The Office of Communications is responsible for managing both communications and outreach efforts between IDOT and its stakeholders (including the public, elected officials, industry partners, fellow government agencies, and civic/ non-profit partners). The primary objectives are to assist in the coverage of agency activities; increase the agency’s sensitivity to its publics; interpret public opinion so that agency programs and regulations will be realistic and acceptable; and mobilize support for the agency and its programs. 

  • The Bureau of Communication Services supervises and participates in the preparation and dissemination of information to the general public, media and other stakeholders. This relates to printed and digital platforms, including the website, videos, and other platforms.
  • The Bureau of Program, Project, and Safety Outreach provides outreach support for the agency’s various activities, with particular focus on projects and programs from the program development and project implementation areas, as well as legislative affairs.