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Keep Your Kids Safe - Visit a 2019 KISS Event

Nothing is more important than keeping our children safe—that’s why the Illinois Tollway and Illinois State Police District 15 are launching Operation Kid 2019. Beginning this week, the Tollway and Illinois State Police are hosting 10 free safety events across Northern Illinois to help parents and caregivers protect kids when they’re on the road or out in their communities. At the Kids Identification and Safety Seat (K.I.S.S.) events, parents can have their children’s safety seats inspected to make sure they’re properly installed. Child safety seats that are installed correctly save lives and reduce injuries if a crash occurs, but Illinois State Police say that more than 90 percent of the safety seats they inspect aren’t properly installed. State law requires that all children under age 8 must be secured in a vehicle, so stopping by a K.I.S.S. event for a quick safety seat check will assure parents that their child is properly protected. Parents also can obtain free kids’ ID cards that can be used to help law enforcement recover a lost or missing child. The cards given to parents will include their child’s photo, hair and eye color, height, weight, race and fingerprints. Kids will have fun at the K.I.S.S. events, which offer activities that include touch-a-truck displays with Tollway plows, H.E.L.P. trucks and other emergency vehicles, as well as play areas featuring an inflatable slide. The first K.I.S.S. event is Saturday, May 11, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at The Promenade Bolingbrook, 631 E. Boughton Road, near the Veterans Memorial Tollway (I-355). To see the press release about the event click here . For a complete list of events click here .

Celebrating Earth Day by Sharing Wildflower Seeds

The Illinois Tollway is celebrating Earth Day today by sharing 10,000 pollinator seed packets with customers that travel throughout the 294-mile Tollway system. The effort is aimed to support of its ongoing pollinator program to restore and create habitat for monarch...

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"Waze" of the future at Illinois Tollway

How do you plan a trip or figure out your commute time? For most people, these tasks are increasingly aided by technology. Gone are the days of plotting the family road trip on an atlas; Mapquest and cellphones changed all that, playing an ever-increasing role in our lives...

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Work Zone Awareness Week: Drive Like You Work Here

Please join us in observing National Work Zone Awareness Week. Keeping our roadways safe for our workers, drivers and passengers is our number one priority, and we need your help. Transportation and safety organizations, agencies and...

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Tragic Loss

The Illinois Tollway Board and all staff members join with the Illinois State Police to mourn the tragic loss of Trooper Gerald Ellis, who died Saturday when he was struck by a wrong-way driver on the Tri-State Tollway (I-294). Trooper Ellis, 36, had completed his work shift...

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