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Illinois Tollway and Illinois State Police Hosting Kids Identification and Safety Seat Event in Itasca as Part of Operation Kid 2022

Wrapping up Operation Kid 2022, the Illinois Tollway and Illinois State Police District 15 are hosting a final Kids Identification and Safety Seat (K.I.S.S.) event on Saturday, September 24, at the Itasca Fire Protection District in Itasca.The K.I.S.S. event coincides with Seat Check Saturday, a national campaign promoted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to encourage the proper use of child safety seats to help prevent deaths and injuries in vehicle crashes.The Tollway...

The final segment of the new I-294/I-57 Interchange has yet to open but it’s already helped steer millions of square feet of new commercial development to the Chicago Southland communities around it, which in turn have generated thousands of new jobs in the region. New...
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The Illinois Tollway is encouraging drivers traveling over the Labor Day holiday weekend to slow down, be courteous to other motorists and make safety their No. 1 priority when they take to the road so they can safely reach their destinations.Nearly 7.7 million vehicles are...
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When he started Allstate Concrete Cutting more than 10 years ago, Mike Seay operated out of a cramped, 3,500-square-foot shop and relied on a workforce of about 8 employees, who primarily removed old concrete from roads and bridges so they could be rebuilt or replaced.This...
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The Illinois Tollway typically stays in its lane when talking about ongoing construction projects. But the opportunity to do a joint presentation with two of the nation’s largest railroads at one of the biggest rail industry conferences was just the ticket to spotlight...
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The Illinois Tollway’s Roadway Maintenance team received the American Public Works Association 2022 Technical Innovation Award in August for its TIMS2GO Mobile Incident Response Tool. TIMS2GO was highlighted among this year’s APWA Award winners in the August issue of the...
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When Illinois Tollway road worker Keith Olson reached the crash on the Veterans Memorial Tollway (I-355), he faced a chaotic scene that included an SUV flipped on its side and a crumpled convertible with flames six feet high shooting from its hood. A third heavily damaged...
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The Illinois Tollway welcomed an invitation from the American Contract Compliance Association (ACCA) to showcase its Partnering For Growth Program at this year’s National Training Institute in North Carolina.  ACCA is committed to empowering professionals in their...
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The Traffic Safety Challenge is a friendly competition among Illinois law enforcement agencies to annually highlight the great work they’re doing in their communities to successfully identify traffic issues and implement strategies to reduce crashes and related deaths and...
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Continuing Operation Kid 2022, the Illinois Tollway and Illinois State Police District 15 are hosting a Kids Identification and Safety Seat (K.I.S.S.) event on Saturday, August 27, at the Children’s Museum in Oak Lawn. The Tollway and District 15 have worked together to...
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On the surface, there may not be a lot of similarities between Hawaii and Illinois. But when QRSE LLC was looking for opportunities to expand its engineering business beyond the Hawaiian Islands, it chose to open an office 4,000-some miles away in the Land of Lincoln....
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It’s been said that engineering is the art and science of nuts and bolts.   So, it was with great interest that a group from the American Society of Civil Engineers, Illinois Section, welcomed Illinois Tollway Interim Executive Director Lanyea Griffin to dig into...
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Illinois Tollway leadership gathered recently with members of its Diversity Advisory Council over breakfast to discuss ongoing diversity initiatives and the positive impact they’re having for small, diverse and veteran-owned firms throughout the region.  Tollway...
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Excessive speeding remains a serious issue on Illinois roadways and across the country. That’s why the Illinois Tollway joined with the Illinois Department of Transportation, Illinois State Police and other state law enforcement agencies to promote Speed Awareness...
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Honoring those who gave their lives serving others, the Illinois Tollway and Illinois State Police this month dedicated a new granite memorial to fallen ISP District 15 troopers and Tollway workers who have died in the line of duty. “We’ve created a permanent, fitting...
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Dan Rojas feels at home when he drives on the Illinois Tollway system because his asphalt paving company has done so much work as a subcontractor on Tollway reconstruction projects over the last few years.His small business, Metromex Contractors Inc., worked on the interchange...
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The crew at the Illinois Tollway’s Aurora (M-8) maintenance facility doesn’t start each day with a morning meeting; they call it “church” because it’s where they preach about the importance of safety. “We call it ‘church,’ but it’s more like a pre-game pep talk for our...
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With tax season over, a group of more than 100 Chicago-area tax professionals turned their attention from 1040s to 294 in May – as in Interstate 294. The Chicago Tax Club recently invited the Illinois Tollway to provide an in-depth look at the $4 billion Central Tri-State...
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Black leaders in local and state government gathered recently to hear from area transportation officials about funding plans for infrastructure projects and opportunities for diverse firms and individuals to participate in those projects, as well as in leadership positions at...
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The Society of American Military Engineers, Lake Michigan Post, brought together a broad range of government agency officials to discuss the impact of the federal stimulus on the regional transportation network and the highway construction industry. About 75 military and...
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