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October 16, 2014

Higher Trucking Tolls Likely Coming to Illinois Tollway Authority Routes

A big hike in truck tolls is likely in store for any of the routes managed by the Illinois Tollway Authority, based on a tentative budget that would increase spending for next year.

September 4, 2014

Report Highlights Problem of Illinois Truck Cargo Thefts

Illinois, and more specifically, the Chicago area, just won’t turn loose of its reputation for being one of the truck cargo theft crime capitals in the U.S., according to a new report.

August 13, 2014

Truck Driver In I-55 Crash Pleads Not Guilty

A truck driver has pleaded not guilty to charges of falsifying his logbooks and failure to maintain proper records resulting from a fatal July crash on I-55 near Chicago, but reckless homicide charges are still possible in the crash that killed five.

August 12, 2014

Illinois Governor Vetoes Speed Differential Bill

Illinois' governor has vetoed a bill that would reduce speed differentials between cars and trucks in rural areas near Chicago from 15 mph back down to the previous 10 mph difference.

August 8, 2014

FMCSA Suspends Authority of Company for Not Allowing Access to Records

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has suspended the operating authority of a single-truck motor carrier after it refused to provide access to company records for an investigation following a highly publicized fatal crash in the Chicago area.

July 29, 2014

Chicago Truck Crash Triggers Scrutiny of Logbooks, Coercion

A Chicago-area truck crash that killed four has led to local attention to federal hours-of-service rules, the mandatory electronic logs proposal, and federal efforts to address coercion of drivers to break the law. Deborah Lockridge has more in her On the Road blog.

July 28, 2014

Vocational School Expands Partnership with Daimler Trucks North America

Universal Technical Institute expands DTNA-specific training program in Midwest due to the growing demand for qualified diesel technicians.

May 8, 2014

Agreement Signed to Build Illiana Expressway

The Illinois and Indiana departments of transportation, along with the Indiana Finance Authority, have signed an agreement to build the proposed Illiana Corridor.

April 17, 2014

Judge Overrules FMCSA Shutdown Order of Illinois Trucking Company

Just over two weeks after the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration ordered an Illinois-based trucking company to shut down all interstate movements, a federal judge on Wednesday ruled it can return to the roadway.

April 16, 2014

Carrier Sues Illinois Over Rolling Stock Tax Exemption

A trucking company has filed a lawsuit against the Illinois Department of Revenue over it disallowing the states rolling stock sales tax exemption on one of its pieces of equipment.

February 10, 2014

Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge Opens to Traffic

This past weekend marked the official opening of the Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge. The monumental $695 million bridge provides a different way for millions of drivers to cross the Mississippi River between Illinois and Missouri.

February 6, 2014

Illinois Trucking Association Asks IDOT to Reduce Speed Limits

The Illinois Trucking Association is calling on the Illinois Department of Transportation to reduce speed limits for automobiles in the state where the department has created a 15 mph differential between car speed limits and truck speed limits.

January 10, 2014

More States Issue Emergency Fuel Hauling Waivers

While record-setting cold weather has let up across many affected portions of the United States, the number of waivers to trucking rules issued by states continues growing.

January 2, 2014

70 MPH Speed Limit Taking Effect in Illinois

The Illinois Department of Transportation and the Illinois Tollway have announced the locations where Interstate speed limits will increase from 65 to 70 miles-per-hour following a new law that took effect the first of 2014.

December 30, 2013

Some Illinois Highways See Increases in Speed Limit to 70 mph

The Illinois Department of Transportation released a map which highlights those portions of the Illinois interstate highways with the increased 70 mph speed limit, effective Wednesday, Jan. 1.

December 8, 2013

Road Work Continues, Load Width Reduced on I-24 Ohio River Bridge

Work will continue on the I-24 Ohio River Bridge between Paducah, Ky., and Metropolis, Ill., into mid-January, and the maximum load width will be reduced.

October 22, 2013

Illiana Corridor Highway Closer to Reality

A long-sought east-west toll road south of Chicago is closer to reality following approval last week by the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning's MPO Policy Committee, which means the DOT can go after funding for the Illiana Corridor project.

September 26, 2013

Rush Enterprises Buying Dealership Groups in Illinois and Indiana

Texas-based Rush Enterprises, which operates the largest network of commercial vehicle dealerships in North America, is expanding in the Midwest with the aquisition of several dealerships in Illinois and Indiana.

September 22, 2013

Lane Restrictions on I-24 Ohio River Bridge at Paducah-Metropolis

The Illinois Department of Transportation would like to alert drivers traveling I-24, East and Westbound in Massac County of upcoming lane reductions on the Ohio River Bridge at Paducah-Metropolis.

September 18, 2013

Illinois DOT Establishes State Freight Advisory Council

The Illinois Department of Transportation has established the Illinois State Freight Advisory Council to provide a standing forum for coordination of freight multimodal planning in Illinois.

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