Inside the Tollway

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Illinois Tollway Executive Director Cassaundra Rouse joins WTS Greater Chicago in celebrating scholarship award winners

As executive director of the Illinois Tollway, Cassaundra Rouse serves as an inspiration and valuable resource to other women in the transportation industry.  With that in mind, the WTS Greater Chicago Chapter invited Rouse to serve as a member of its advisory board to help raise awareness of the organization’s mission to attract, sustain, connect and advance women’s careers to strengthen the transportation industry.  Members of WTS Greater Chicago Chapter represent...

“Excellence is the gradual result of always striving to do better.” This quote from Basketball Hall of Fame inductee Pat Riley inspires Illinois Tollway Executive Director Cassaundra Rouse in her day-to-day responsibilities as executive director of the Illinois Tollway. She...
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Illinois Tollway roadway electrician Jon Cveticanin spends a lot of his free time walking through suburban cemeteries searching for the graves of military veterans. When he finds those graves, he doesn’t pay his respects to the fallen veterans with flowers, but with a...
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The Illinois Tollway has been recognized as having one of the nation’s best training programs for public safety telecommunications dispatchers.   The Tollway is one of only six public safety agencies in Illinois to have its dispatch training program certified by the...
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The Illinois Tollway and Illinois State Police Troop 15 are working to keep children safe every trip, every time by hosting free Kids’ Identification and Safety Seat (K.I.S.S.) events in 2023 to inspect and correctly install child safety seats and provide free kids’ ID...
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With Memorial Day weekend and the summer travel season approaching, the Illinois Tollway and Illinois State Police Troop 15 are urging parents to protect their children by checking safety seats to ensure they are correctly installed in their vehicles.This year, the...
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The Illinois Tollway’s search for the most skilled, talented and qualified job candidates takes its talent acquisition staff to job fairs throughout Northern Illinois, from local hiring events to jobs fairs in the Rockford area, the South Side of Chicago and beyond.Illinois...
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In 2009, after a decade of working as a civil engineer, Mae Whiteside Williams decided to bet on herself and launch her own engineering firm out of her home in Chicago’s Roseland Heights neighborhood. “Some people will say ‘well, that’s ludicrous,’ but I just thought I...
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What’s the best way for high school students to find out if a career in the transportation industry is for them?  Put on hard hats and safety vests to get a close-up look at construction projects underway on the Illinois Tollway.“Giving students access to real-world...
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When the Illinois Tollway began building a new state-of-the-art maintenance facility in Hoffman Estates, it also built a new path for a small stream crossing the property as part of a sophisticated drainage system that will help protect local water quality. Engineers...
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Today, the Illinois Tollway recognizes Go Orange Day to show support for the men and women working on our roadways. We’re wearing orange for the maintenance workers, H.E.L.P. truck drivers, Illinois State Police troopers and construction workers who risk their lives every day...
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To train the Illinois Tollway’s Aurora (M-8) maintenance facility crew to safely and effectively do their jobs, M-8 Manager Brian Fuqua uses a tried-and-true technique he used when he was a high school football coach: circuit training. Just like athletes get conditioned...
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Reminding drivers that they play a critical role in maintaining safe work zones, the Illinois Tollway is joining other safety and transportation agencies, industry partners and construction workers to mark National Work Zone Awareness Week  With roadway construction...
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As roadway construction shifts into high gear, the Illinois Tollway is urging drivers to slow down and take extra precautions in work zones to protect themselves, construction and roadway workers, and emergency responders they’re likely to encounter while traveling this year...
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Diversity, equity and inclusion remain a top priority for the Illinois Tollway under the leadership of new Tollway Board Chairman Arnie Rivera. Rivera reaffirmed the Tollway’s commitment to helping small and diverse businesses grow and succeed at a recent Illinois...
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Public safety dispatchers are often called the unsung heroes in headsets. They’re the calm voice in the dark. The thin gold line that connects the bold red and blue lines representing firefighters and police.  They are the first voice you hear when you call 911 for...
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When Jennifer Kelecius and a business partner launched Foundation Mechanics in 2011, they mostly did consulting work for another company, then began doing a variety of smaller construction and landscaping projects.The firm continued with only a handful of employees until 2016...
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They paint walls, construct offices, lay carpeting and even repair broken door locks at 200 buildings and garages across the Illinois Tollway system.The 12 carpenters and 4 painters who staff the Tollway’s Carpenter Shop “do it all—whatever needs to be done,” said Chief...
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Illinois Tollway finances are in the hands of a woman recognized as one of the best in the business. Crain’s Chicago Business named Tollway Chief Financial Officer Cathy Williams among its “2023 Notable CFOs” for her accomplishments at the agency, leadership in the...
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Last-chance discounts now offered on outstanding invoices alongside fee dismissal for income-eligible customers enrolled in I-PASS Assist.After an overwhelmingly successful amnesty program, a broad expansion of the I-PASS Assist program and completion of complex technological...
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