Government, Business, Safety

Illinois Directs $25 Million to Speed Grants for Infrastructure

Pritzker Gov. Pritzker speaks at a press conference related to COVID-19. (Charles Rex Arbogast/Associated Press)

Illinois Gov. Jay “J.B.” Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity recently announced that $25 million in grant funding will be used to accelerate work on planned infrastructure projects.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
May 13, 2020
Government, Business

Illinois DOT, Volunteers to Offer Free Meals to Truckers

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The Illinois DOT is partnering with organizations to provide free meals to commercial motor vehicle operators as a gesture of appreciation to truck drivers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
May 5, 2020
Government, Business, Equipment, TCA

Illinois’ Vehicle Manufacturing Future to be Shaped in Three Cities

Rivian plant in Normal, Ill. Amazon has placed an order for 100,000 electric delivery vans from Rivian. (Rivian)

From electric trucks and startups to international megamergers, the state of the fast-evolving auto industry in Illinois comes down to a tale of three cities: Normal, Belvidere and Chicago.

Robert Channick | Chicago Tribune
January 2, 2020

‘Multi-Year Plan’ Unveiled for Illinois Infrastructure

Rebuild Illinois sign Illinois Department of Transportation via flickr

Illinois Gov. Jay “J.B.” Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Transportation have released the Multi-Year Plan, which dedicates $23.5 billion to infrastructure projects throughout the state.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
October 22, 2019
Government, Business, Fuel, TCA

Illinois’ Gas Tax Increase to Help Fund Central Part of State

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Illinois state transportation officials say this year’s 19-cent-per-gallon gas tax increase means millions of more dollars to help fix aging downstate roads.

Kennedy Nolen | Herald and Review (Decatur, Ill.)
September 5, 2019
Government, Fuel

Illinois Legislators Approve Fuel Tax Hike, Repeal Truck License Plate Tax

Traffic on Kennedy Expressway into Chicago Chicago traffic by Steven Vance/Flickr

Illinois lawmakers have passed a $45 billion infrastructure improvement plan that includes provisions to increase the fuel tax rate and repeal the sales tax on truck license plates.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
June 11, 2019
Government, Business

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s $41.5 Billion Infrastructure Plan Includes Tax Hikes

Bridge over Des Plaines River in Illinois Bridge over the Des Plaines River in Joliet, Ill., by Getty Images

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker has drafted a $41.5 billion plan that would rely on a slew of new taxes and tax increases to repair the state’s infrastructure.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
May 22, 2019
Government, Business, Logistics, TCA

Retired Teamsters in Illinois Mobilize to Fight for Failing Pension Funds

Teamsters TT File Photo

Dave Mauer and other Central States pensioners in the Rockford area have formed the Illinois/Rock River Valley Committee to Protect Pensions. The group has scheduled an April 6 meeting at the Teamsters Local 325 union hall in Rockford to mobilize and pressure Congress to rescue failing multiemployer pension funds.

March 25, 2019

Illinois’ Tepid Infrastructure Grade a Product of Funding Neglect, ASCE Leader Says

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Illinois’ recent score of a C- on the American Society of Civil Engineers’ infrastructure scorecard signals underinvestment from elected officials, according to Darren Olson, chairman of the report card study.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
February 27, 2018
Government, Business

I-74 Bridge Replacement Aims to Ease Mobility in Quad Cities Corridor

Existing I-74 Bridge CTF83!/Wikicommons

The Interstate 74 bridge replacement, a tandem project of the Iowa and Illinois departments of transportation, will increase capacity and facilitate mobility on an important corridor that links the two states.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
February 5, 2018