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November 2022

Make the right choices this Thanksgiving: Buckle up and drive sober

November 21, 2022

SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois Department of Transportation, Illinois State Police and local law enforcement agencies throughout Illinois are reminding motorists to buckle up and drive sober this Thanksgiving holiday. Unfortunately, some motorists and their passengers will travel without ever buckling their seat belts, which drastically increases the chance of injury or death if they’re involved in a crash.
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IDOT invites submissions for $200 million freight program

November 17, 2022

SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois Department of Transportation today announced that applications are being accepted for its competitive grant program to improve the mobility of freight throughout the state while providing long-term benefits in congestion relief and economic opportunity.
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Snow and ice mean it's time for "Winter Weather - Get it Together"

November 16, 2022

SPRINGFIELD - With snow and ice touching much of the state this week, the Illinois Department of Transportation, Illinois State Police and Illinois Tollway are reminding the public that it's time for "Winter Weather - Get it Together."
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Online public meeting set for Nov. 17 to discuss Illinois 2 corridor study

November 9, 2022

DIXON – The Illinois Department of Transportation will hold an online public informational meeting at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 17, for the Illinois 2 corridor improvement study in Ogle and Winnebago counties. The meeting will be held via Zoom and registration is required to attend.
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October 2022

This Halloween, treat yourself to a sober ride home

October 27, 2022

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Transportation, the Illinois State Police and local law enforcement are reminding motorists that becoming an impaired driving monster can lead to costly consequences this Halloween. The message is simple – “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” and “Drive High. Get a DUI.”
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Oh, dear! Don’t veer for deer

October 19, 2022

SPRINGFIELD – Fall is here and while it’s a beautiful time of year as the leaves change color, the Illinois Department of Transportation and Illinois Department of Natural Resources are reminding motorists that deer mating season has also arrived. That means deer become more active, mainly at dawn and dusk from October through December.
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Building Blocks of Success: IDOT hosting series of workshops for Disadvantaged Business Enterprise program

October 18, 2022

SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois Department of Transportation is hosting free virtual workshops as part of its continuing Building Blocks of Success series for Disadvantaged Business Enterprise firms interested in strengthening their skills, growing their business and bidding on state projects. New and existing DBEs, as well as firms interested in becoming certified in the program, are invited.
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Gov. Pritzker announces milestone for Rebuild Illinois capital plan; Local governments receive $250 million for transportation needs

October 6, 2022

SPRINGFIELD - Gov. JB Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Transportation today announced that the sixth and final $250 million installment as part of the historic, bipartisan Rebuild Illinois capital program is being made to counties, municipalities and townships to address local transportation needs.
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Gov. Pritzker proclaims Oct. 12 as Walk to School Day

October 3, 2022

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Transportation today announced that Illinois schools will join others throughout the world to celebrate International Walk to School Day on Wednesday, Oct. 12. Gov. JB Pritzker also has proclaimed the day “Illinois Walk and Roll to School Day” to support green transportation practices and a healthy lifestyle for children.
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September 2022

Website launched to keep public informed on I-80

September 29, 2022

JOLIET – The Illinois Department of Transportation has launched a new website, I80will.org, to provide the public with the latest information on the $1.2 billion reconstruction of Interstate 80 through Will County, one of the cornerstone projects of Gov. JB Pritzker’s historic, bipartisan Rebuild Illinois capital program.
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IDOT receives award for exemplary procurement practices

September 27, 2022

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Transportation today announced they have received the American Council of Engineering Companies and the National Society of Professional Engineers 2022 Qualifications-Based Selection Award for the State or Local Government Sector. The award recognizes organizations that promote and make exemplary use of QBS methods to procure the professional services of consulting engineers at the federal, state or local level.
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Airport of the Year awards announced by IDOT

September 27, 2022

SPRINGFIELD – Reflecting the importance and vitality of the state’s aviation system, six airports have received Airport of the Year awards from the Illinois Department of Transportation. The awards were presented today during the Illinois Public Airports Association Fall Conference in Galena.
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IDOT holds open houses for seasonal employment

September 26, 2022

SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois Department of Transportation today announced it will hold a second series of open houses for individuals interested in applying for seasonal positions to help with snow-and-ice removal statewide. Open houses will be held throughout the state to spread the word about the department’s annual “snowbird” program and help facilitate applications.
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Deadline to apply for local quality-of-life projects Sept. 30

September 20, 2022

SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois Department of Transportation announced that the application period for the Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program remains open until Sept. 30. The program provides communities with resources to carry out local quality-of-life projects.
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New I-74 Mississippi River Bridge finalist for prestigious national award

September 15, 2022

QUAD CITIES - The new Interstate 74 bridge over the Mississippi River has been named a Top 12 finalist in the America's Transportation Awards, the top honor for state departments of transportation from the American Association of State Highway Transportation Officials, AAA and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
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Lanes reopening where possible for Labor Day travel

September 1, 2022

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Transportation announced today that lanes that have been closed for construction will reopen, where possible, for the Labor Day holiday to minimize travel disruption.
Non-emergency closures will be suspended from 3 p.m. Friday, Sept. 2, to 11:59 p.m. Monday, Sept. 5.
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Temporary help needed for snow-and-ice removal

September 1, 2022

SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois Department of Transportation is seeking qualified individuals to step forward and apply for seasonal positions to help with snow-and-ice removal across the state. Through the department’s annual “snowbird” program, IDOT is hiring Snow Removal Operators and Winter Salaried Highway Maintainers to help maintain more than 45,000 lane miles statewide during the winter season.
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August 2022

Avoid ending your summer with a DUI

August 31, 2022

SPRINGFIELD– Heading into the final big weekend of summer, the Illinois Department of Transportation and Illinois State Police remind everyone that alcohol- and drug-impaired driving is not a game. To prevent this crime and any deadly repercussions, more than 200 law enforcement agencies across the state are stepping up to arrest impaired drivers as part of the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” national Labor Day campaign.
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Rebuilding Chicago: Major projects highlight Year Four of Rebuild Illinois

August 31, 2022

CHICAGO – Entering Year Four of Rebuild Illinois, the Illinois Department of Transportation announced today that multiple projects in Chicago are underway or planned to begin, highlighting an ongoing commitment made possible by Gov. JB Pritzker’s historic, bipartisan capital program. Three projects represent a total investment of more than $950 million, improving safety and mobility while sustaining and creating good-paying jobs throughout the region.
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Rebuilding Southern Cook County - Major projects highlight Year Four of Rebuild Illinois

August 30, 2022

CHICAGO – Entering Year Four of Rebuild Illinois, the Illinois Department of Transportation announced today that multiple projects in southern Cook County are ongoing or scheduled to begin, highlighting an ongoing commitment made possible by Gov. JB Pritzker’s historic, bipartisan capital program. Five major projects represent a total investment of more than $39 million for the region, improving safety and mobility while sustaining and creating good-paying jobs throughout the region.
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Traffic pattern changes for Illinois State Fair

August 9, 2022

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Transportation and Illinois Department of Agriculture today announced temporary changes in traffic patterns near the Illinois State Fairgrounds to accommodate the influx of vehicles during the fair.
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Illinois Aviation System Plan released, provides blueprint for airport growth

August 4, 2022

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Transportation today announced the release of the Illinois Aviation System Plan, identifying short- and long-term needs and goals of the state’s airports and marking the first comprehensive study of its kind in more than 25 years. To highlight the significance of the plan and the importance of aviation to the state’s overall transportation system and economy, Gov. JB Pritzker proclaimed August as Aviation Appreciation Month in Illinois.
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July 2022

Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program application period to open, more options for disadvantaged communities

July 26, 2022

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announced today that the application period for the Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program (ITEP) begins August 1. The funding cycle is the largest ever due to the passage of Gov. Pritzker’s Rebuild Illinois capital program and again dedicates resources to communities with the greatest needs.
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Rebuild Illinois $52 million investment improving suburban transit in Plainfield

July 21, 2022

PLAINFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Transportation today announced the opening of Pace’s new maintenance and storage garage near the Plainfield Park-n-Ride, a project made possible through a $52 million investment through the governor’s historic, bipartisan Rebuild Illinois capital program.
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Improved Illinois bike maps blaze new trail

July 5, 2022

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Transportation today announced the release of the new-and-improved Illinois Official Bike Maps, a free and convenient resource showcasing the state’s vast bicycle network of trails, paths and streets. Maps for each of IDOT’s nine districts include new features and designs that make them easier to understand, while including more information on noteworthy stops and attractions easily accessible by bike.
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June 2022

Lanes reopening where possible for July Fourth travel

June 30, 2022

SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois Department of Transportation announced today that lanes that have been closed for construction will reopen, where possible, for the Independence Day holiday to minimize travel disruption. Non-emergency closures will be suspended from 3 p.m. Friday, July 1, to 11:59 p.m. Monday, July 4.
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Impaired driving? It’s Not a Game

June 29, 2022

SPRINGFIELD – With summer in full swing and traffic fatalities on the rise, the Illinois Department of Transportation is teaming up with the Illinois State Police and law enforcement throughout the state to increase safety enforcement efforts. Motorists will see the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign in action through July 5, with zero tolerance for those driving impaired by alcohol, marijuana or other drugs.
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Downstate transit agencies eligible for new round of Rebuild Illinois grants

June 10, 2022

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Transportation announced today that a third and final round of proposals are being accepted through July 29 from downstate transit providers as part of the Rebuild Illinois Transit Capital Grant Program. The call for applications will determine the distribution of up to $132 million for projects that expand and improve transit service, increase transportation options and enhance quality of life in downstate communities.
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It’s Not a Game: New IDOT safety campaign highlights real consequences of unsafe driving

June 7, 2022

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Transportation is launching "It’s Not a Game," a multimedia safety campaign that drives home the message there are no extra lives, no respawns and no second chances to get it right when you are behind the wheel. “It’s Not a Game” continues the comprehensive approach by IDOT to reduce injuries and fatalities associated with motorcycles, bicycles, pedestrians, seatbelt use, work zones as well as impaired and distracted driving.
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May 2022

New Illinois highway map on the streets

May 5, 2022

SPRINGFIELD -The Illinois Department of Transportation today announced the release of the new Illinois Official Highway Map. The map includes route updates as well as a new feature that shows mileage between towns and marked route junctions to help residents and visitors alike plan their travels throughout Illinois.
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Today’s Challenge, Tomorrow’s Reward Longtime IDOT conference returns May 9 and 10

May 4, 2022

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Transportation is hosting the 31st “Today’s Challenge, Tomorrow’s Reward” conference on May 9 and 10 at the Crowne Plaza in Springfield. The longtime conference hosted by IDOT’s Office of Business and Workforce Diversity provides female- and minority-owned businesses with opportunities to make connections and develop skills to grow and succeed.
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Governor Pritzker joins Secretary Pete Buttigieg for ribbon cutting at Joliet Gateway Center’s new Pace bus facility

May 4, 2022

JOLIET – Governor Pritzker, United States Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg, Congressman Bill Foster, and the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) were joined by local and regional transportation officials today to formally open the final phase of the Joliet Gateway Center, a new Pace bus station connected to Metra and Amtrak passenger rail service. The station project was made possible, in part, through a $7.5 million investment from Governor Pritzker’s historic, bipartisan Rebuild Illinois plan, the largest capital program in state history and the first one that touches all modes of transportation.
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April 2022

Safe Routes to School awards announced

April 20, 2022

SPRINGFIELD - Gov. JB Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Transportation today announced $12.3 million in grants for local projects that will help boost the health and safety of children via safer walking and biking routes to school. The Safe Routes to School program is funding 57 projects selected from 102 applications received from municipalities and schools across the state.
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Spring is here: Watch for litter removal and Think Before You Throw!

April 19, 2022

SPRINGFIELD – Spring is here, the weather is getting warmer and the Illinois Department of Transportation is reminding the public to be on the lookout for maintenance teams picking up litter throughout the state. As part of its ongoing Think Before You Throw! initiative, IDOT is stepping up efforts to remove litter from roadsides while encouraging you to be part of the solution.
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Employee innovation on display at IDOT

April 14, 2022

SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois Department of Transportation has announced a new app that provides audible route navigation for oversize/overweight loads and a tamp plate that ensures proper compaction of road patches have taken the top prizes in its fifth annual Innovative Ideas Contest. The contest rewards employees for innovative problem-solving that improves safety and efficiency while saving taxpayer dollars.
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Work Zones Are a Sign to Slow Down

April 12, 2022

SPRINGFIELD – With construction season ramping up across the state, the Illinois Department of Transportation, Illinois State Police, Illinois Tollway, industry partners and frontline construction workers joined forces today for National Work Zone Awareness Week. During another historic year of construction in Illinois, the public is urged to put down the devices, keep their eyes on the road at all times and remember that “Work Zones Are a Sign to Slow Down.”
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Illinois goes orange for Work Zone Awareness Week

April 11, 2022

SPRINGFIELD – Bridges and buildings throughout the state are once again turning orange for National Work Zone Awareness Week and to honor those who have died in work zones as another road construction season gets underway in Illinois and across the country.
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"Drop it and Drive" during Distracted Driving Awareness Month

April 5, 2022

SPRINGFIELD - All distractions - whether texting, eating, or talking - can be dangerous when you're behind the wheel. Throughout April, the Illinois Department of Transportation is teaming up with the Illinois State Police and more than 200 local law enforcement agencies to promote Distracted Driving Awareness Month, save lives, and make Illinois roads safer.
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March 2022

Building Blocks of Success: IDOT announces dates for Disadvantaged Business Enterprise program workshops

March 25, 2022

CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Transportation is hosting free virtual workshops as part of its continuing Building Blocks of Success series for firms interested in participating in the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise program, strengthening their skills and bidding on state construction projects.
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Paratransit vehicle grants available through IDOT

March 22, 2022

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Transportation announced today that applications are now being accepted for grants to provide public transportation providers with paratransit vehicles. Municipalities and local governments, as well as nonprofit agencies providing specialized transportation to seniors or individuals with disabilities, are encouraged to apply.
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This St. Patrick's Day, make your own luck

March 10, 2022

SPRINGFIELD — St. Patrick’s Day means parades, parties and lots of green for communities throughout Illinois. If your celebratory green will go beyond your favorite St. Paddy’s Day T-shirt and hat to include alcohol or cannabis, the Illinois Department of Transportation, Illinois State Police and local law enforcement remind you to plan ahead for a sober ride home.
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Governor Pritzker Announces Fifth $250 Million Funding Installment to Address Local Transportation Needs

March 9, 2022

BLOOMINGTON - Gov. JB Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Transportation today announced that a fifth $250 million installment as part of the historic, bipartisan Rebuild Illinois capital program is being made to counties, municipalities and townships to address local transportation needs. The latest installment was announced in McLean County, where the funding will advance a $7.9 million project to improve Meadows Road, supporting the expansion of the region's agricultural and green energy industries.
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Planning and research grants available through IDOT

March 3, 2022

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Transportation announced today that $10 million is available to distribute as grants for select projects and activities that help advance the state’s long-range transportation and planning goals. The deadline to apply is March 30.
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February 2022

Building Blocks of Success: IDOT announces March dates for Disadvantaged Business Enterprise program workshops

February 23, 2022

CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Transportation is hosting free virtual workshops in March as part of its continuing Building Blocks of Success series for firms interested in participating in the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise program, strengthening their skills and bidding on state construction projects.
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Thunderstorms, winds, snow, freezing rain to create flooding, slick and hazardous travel across Illinois

February 16, 2022

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Transportation is advising the public that a major storm with heavy rains, flooding and double-digit snowfalls will create slick conditions, impacting travel across much of the state starting tonight through Thursday. The mixture of precipitation and rapidly changing weather likely will produce the potential for sudden icing on roads, with high winds leading to blowing snow and reduced visibility.
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Have a Game Plan: Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk

February 10, 2022

SPRINGFIELD – With the Super Bowl just around the corner, the Illinois Department of Transportation and Illinois State Police are teaming up with local police and sheriff’s departments throughout the state to remind motorists that Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk. If your football festivities will involve drinking alcohol or using marijuana, make a game plan before kickoff to get home safely – and encourage your friends to do the same.
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Summit for Success: IDOT virtual workshops aim to diversify business partnerships with state

February 8, 2022

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Transportation is hosting the 2022 Summit for Success, a one-day virtual workshop geared toward providing female- and minority-owned businesses with opportunities to make connections and develop skills to grow their business by participating in the department’s Disadvantaged Business Enterprise program. The free workshops will be held Thursday, Feb. 17, from 8:30 a.m. to noon.
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Winter storm moves out of Illinois, snow removal and cleanup, slick conditions continue

February 4, 2022

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Transportation announced this afternoon that while a major winter storm has moved on and snow is no longer falling, removal and cleanup efforts will continue for the next few days. The public is urged to stay on the alert, watch for plows and emergency vehicles, slow down and expect blowing and drifting snow, combined with falling temperatures, potentially creating scattered slick spots.
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Heavy snow, winds, falling temperatures continue to make travel dangerous across Illinois

February 2, 2022

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Transportation announced this afternoon that travel conditions are expected to continue to deteriorate from the impacts of a major winter storm that will be felt for several days, while urging the public to postpone all unnecessary trips. Since last night, more than 10 inches of snow has fallen in the hardest-hit regions of the state, with expected blowing and drifting, combined with falling temperatures, likely producing extremely dangerous travel conditions during the overnight hours and into Thursday.
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Gov. Pritzker Issues Disaster Declaration Ahead of Severe Winter Storm

February 1, 2022

SPRINGFIELD - In advance of the anticipated severe winter storm expected to hit the entire state, Governor JB Pritzker today issued a disaster declaration and activated approximately 130 members of the Illinois National Guard to ensure all state resources are available to deal with the heavy snow, ice, and blizzard conditions expected over the coming days. The Governor is directing IEMA to coordinate a robust, statewide response which will include more than 1,800 IDOT trucks and equipment, ISP patrols to help stranded motorists, and approximately 130 members of the Illinois National Guard.
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Major winter storm barrels toward Illinois, treacherous conditions, dangerous travel expected

February 1, 2022

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Transportation is warning the public that a major winter storm is expected to create treacherous conditions starting tonight and lasting for several days, with the potential for extremely dangerous and, at times, life-threatening travel across much of the state. Throughout Illinois, periods of heavy snow, rain, ice, high winds and bitter cold should be anticipated, leading to a likelihood of whiteout conditions and roads that will be impassable in the hardest-hit regions.
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January 2022

Gov. Pritzker Announces Nearly $220 Million in Rebuild Illinois Funding to Support Local Transit, Ports Projects

January 26, 2022

METRO EAST - Gov. JB Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Transportation today announced that almost $111.4 million has been awarded to transit providers downstate as part of the historic, bipartisan Rebuild Illinois capital program. The governor also announced an additional $108.3 million for public ports in Illinois. The two announcements, combined with earlier commitments of $40 million to build a port in Cairo, $244 million in additional funding to downstate transit and $96 million to extend MetroLink Service to MidAmerica Airport, contribute to a combined $601 million commitment to ports and downstate transit, reinforcing the governor's priority to create economic opportunity by moving freight and people more safely and efficiently while improving all modes of Illinois transportation.
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Building Blocks of Success: IDOT announces February dates for Disadvantaged Business Enterprise program workshops

January 25, 2022

CHICAGO - The Illinois Department of Transportation is hosting free virtual workshops in February as part of its continuing Building Blocks of Success series for firms interested in participating in the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise program, strengthening their skills and bidding on state construction projects.
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Gov. Pritzker Advances Vision to Rebuild I-80, Announces Next Phase of Houbolt Road Project in Joliet

January 20, 2022

JOLIET - Gov. JB Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) were joined by local officials today to announce the next phase of construction on the new Houbolt Road bridge and interchange, a critical piece of the governor's $1.2 billion commitment to improve and modernize Interstate 80 through the bipartisan Rebuild Illinois capital program. The entire project, funded by an estimated $200 million in public and private funding, will create hundreds of construction and permanent jobs while improving safety and intermodal activity throughout the region.
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Illinois rail study wrapping up with virtual public hearing

January 10, 2022

SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois Department of Transportation is hosting a virtual public hearing through Jan. 21 as part of an ongoing study assessing the state's rail system to help identify potential improvements and solutions. The event will provide an update on input collected throughout the year on current conditions, capacity concerns and safety challenges
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