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APRIL

April 16, 2014
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn and Illinois Transportation Secretary Ann L. Schneider today announced the release of the Illinois Bike Transportation Plan – the first statewide bicycle plan in Illinois’ history. The bike plan provides the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) with policies, best practices and strategic direction for implementing a sustainable, multi-modal transportation system across Illinois.

April 12, 2014
CHICAGO - Governor Pat Quinn today announced a $52.7 million investment in community transportation projects throughout Illinois. The investment will support more than 400 jobs through 71 projects, including bike paths, walking trails, historic preservation and streetscape beautification projects in communities across Illinois.

April 10, 2014
ROCKFORD – Governor Pat Quinn today announced a $223 million state capital investment that will create hundreds of jobs and restart Amtrak service between Rockford and Chicago beginning in 2015. The return of passenger rail to Rockford for the first time since 1981 will begin with one round trip daily between Chicago’s Union Station and a temporary station located in Rockford.

April 9, 2014
SPRINGFIELD – Days after receiving positive feedback from bond rating agencies regarding his fiscal year 2015 budget plan, Governor Pat Quinn today unveiled a six-year, $8.6 billion construction program that will improve roads and bridges throughout Illinois while making major investments in public transportation. The projects are part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to create jobs and build a 21st century infrastructure that will drive Illinois’ economy forward.

April 7, 2014
CHICAGO – As the spring thaw begins, Governor Pat Quinn today announced $100 million from the Illinois Jobs Now! construction program to repair municipal and township infrastructure throughout the state. The funding will help communities throughout Illinois combat potholes and make other critical infrastructure repairs following the historic winter weather Illinois faced. Today’s announcement is part of the Governor’s agenda to create jobs and build a 21st century infrastructure that will drive Illinois’ economy forward.

April 7, 2014
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), the Illinois State Police (ISP), the Illinois Tollway and key highway safety partners today kicked off National Work Zone Awareness week, which runs April 7 - 11, to encourage motorists to slow down and drive safely on Illinois roadways, especially in work zones.

April 3, 2014
TINLEY PARK – Illinois Transportation Secretary Ann L. Schneider today hosted more than 150 firms interested in opportunities to grow their businesses by getting involved with the Illiana Corridor project. The event, held at the Tinley Park Convention Center, was designed by the Illinois Department of Transportation’s Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) program to give business owners a forum to meet with the four developer teams vying to build the Illinois portion of the project and to discuss partnership possibilities.

April 1, 2014
DECATUR—Two state agencies today pledged funding for transportation studies covering Decatur and Macon County that will examine how to increase and better handle freight moving through the region. The studies will look for ways to capitalize on growth of multi-modal shipping at the region’s Midwest Inland Port and at the operations of Archer Daniels Midland Co.

MARCH

March 31, 2013
SPRINGFIELD - In an effort to reduce motorcycle fatalities and injuries, the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) and the Illinois Motorcycle Dealers Association (IMDA) joined forces to kick off the 2014 riding season’s “Gear Up-Ride Smart” motorcycle safety campaign. As the riding season gets under way, IDOT and IMDA are urging cyclists to have their bikes safety-checked to make sure they are in proper running condition, check their high-visibility (Hi Viz) clothing and take advantage of the free motorcycle training classes throughout the state.

March 31, 2014
CHICAGO – Illinois Transportation Secretary Ann L. Schneider today announced that the Northeastern Illinois Public Transit Task Force has finished its final report, setting the course for creating a world-class regional mass transit system through a series of recommendations that will improve performance and increase ridership while maximizing existing resources. The task force, which convened last summer, included 15 members representing some of the region’s top leaders from business, academia, law, government and community organizations.

March 18, 2014
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) today announced that 41 members with extensive experience and expertise in the multimodal movement of freight have been chosen to serve on the new Illinois State Freight Advisory Council. The council, representing both the private and public sectors across the various modes of transportation, will advise IDOT on the best policies and practices for improving freight transportation statewide, helping to maintain the state’s position as the freight hub of the nation.

March 13, 2014
CHICAGO - The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) today hosted hundreds of high school students for the agency’s seventh Career Day event at the Chicago Laborers’ Facility. The event is a workforce development tool that introduces students, through hands-on activities and heavy equipment demonstrations, to careers in the transportation industry.

March 12, 2014
CHICAGO – As St. Patrick’s Day approaches, the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), Illinois State Police and nearly 200 local law enforcement agencies urge motorists to plan a safe ride home and never get behind the wheel after drinking. Now through the March 17th holiday, state and local law enforcement officers across Illinois will have an increased presence to crack down on drunk drivers as part of the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign.

March 11, 2014
CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announced Tuesday that snowfall expected in the Northern part of the state later tonight and into Wednesday morning could impact travel routes.

March 3, 2014
CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announced today that Winter Storm Titan has impacted travel routes across the entire state. From Northern to Southern Illinois, roads and bridges are snow and ice covered, creating slick and dangerous travel conditions for Illinois motorists.

FEBRUARY

February 26, 2014
SPRINGFIELD – Illinois Transportation Secretary Ann L. Schneider today announced the start of the 25th annual Today’s Challenge, Tomorrow’s Reward (TCTR) conference at the Abraham Lincoln Hotel & Conference Center in Springfield.

February 18, 2014
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) advised motorists Tuesday to travel with extreme caution as rain and thawing snow could lead to standing water on low-lying roads.

February 14, 2014
Statement from Illinois Department of Transportation Secretary Ann L. Schneider Regarding the Death of IDOT Worker Michael Holmes

February 6, 2014
CHICAGO - The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announced today that it has reached an agreement with CN Railroad and is moving forward with the construction of two new bridges carrying US Route 30 (Lincoln Highway) in Lynwood and US Route 34 (Ogden Avenue) in Aurora over the CN/Elgin Joliet & Eastern (EJE) Railroad crossings.

February 2, 2014
CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announced today that the condition of roads and bridges are improving in some areas, but motorists are still advised to use extreme caution when traveling in Illinois. Currently, the majority of state routes have ice and snow patches, with areas from Effingham to Champaign and Jacksonville to Springfield snow and ice covered.

JANUARY

January 31, 2014
SPRINGFIELD - The Super Bowl is one of America’s most highly anticipated sports events, when friends and family gather in homes, bars and restaurants to enjoy the game and camaraderie. As Super Bowl Sunday approaches this weekend and football fans everywhere prepare for the game, the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), the Illinois State Police and dozens of local police departments across Illinois will join forces to spread two life-saving messages - Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk and Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.

January 24, 2014
CHICAGO – Following the tragic multi-vehicle accident today on Interstate 94 near Michigan City, Indiana, The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) is urging Illinois motorists to be cautious while traveling the roadways during the winter months.

January 21, 2014
CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announced today that road conditions in some areas of the state are still snow and ice covered, making travel dangerous for motorists. Currently, more than 1,300 trucks are assigned to snow duty in impacted areas across the state, and nearly 1,440 employees are on the job to help ensure roads are clear and passable.

January 10, 2014
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) advised motorists Friday to travel with extreme caution as rain and melting snow could lead to standing water on low-lying roads throughout the state. Standing water has been reported on several expressways in Chicago and other areas across the state.

January 9, 2014
SPRINGFIELD – Illinois Transportation Secretary Ann L. Schneider today announced that Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) has given Illinois its highest rating for drunk-driving prevention, as it named Illinois a five-star state for drunk driving prevention in its 2014 Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving report, released today.

January 8, 2014
CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announced today that road conditions have improved statewide, however, some roadways are still snow and ice covered, mostly eastern Illinois. Currently, all state-maintained roadways are open.

January 7, 2014
CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) reminded motorists today to slow down when traveling during the severe weather conditions. Road conditions are improving in some areas, but the majority of roads throughout the state are still snow and ice covered. Blowing and drifting snow remains a problem, and the extreme low temperatures reduce the effectiveness of the salt being spread by IDOT winter weather crews.

January 6, 2014
CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announced today that motorists should be mindful of dangerous road conditions and black ice on roadways in areas throughout Illinois. Motorists are also encouraged to stay home and avoid travel until roads are safe.

January 5, 2014
CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announced today that it will continue to keep winter weather crews on the job as long as necessary to plow and salt to help ensure motorist safety. However, road conditions remain treacherous statewide due to the ongoing snow and motorists are advised to stay home and only travel if absolutely necessary.

January 5, 2014
CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announced this morning that Winter Storm Ion has impacted the majority of the state with snow, and in some areas, freezing rain. IDOT has thousands of winter weather crews deployed statewide to address the winter weather on state routes, but motorists are urged to only travel if necessary as conditions worsen and snow continues to fall throughout the state.

January 4, 2014
CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announced this morning that winter weather crews have deployed to address the snowfall, and in some areas freezing rain, expected through Sunday.

January 2, 2014
CHICAGO –The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announced today that its frontline winter road crews are working around the clock statewide plowing and salting to keep roads clear and passable today and into the weekend.

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