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Illinois Tollway Takes Home Three IBTTA Awards

The Illinois Tollway hit the awards trifecta, winning three awards from the International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association – including top honors among all winners of the coveted Toll Excellence Awards.  Executive Director Cassaundra Rouse picked up the new hardware at the IBTTA’s 91st Annual Meeting & Exhibition in Seattle. Honors included:•    A Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Award for the Illinois Tollway Partnering for Growth Program•  ...

Diversity means it takes all kinds to succeed. But it takes a one-of-a-kind leader to ensure that inclusion is the foundation of everything the Illinois Tollway does to achieve that success. That leader is Terry Miller, who was recognized by Crain’s Chicago Business...
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One of the priorities for the Illinois Tollway is building the pipeline of a qualified and talented workforce, encouraging students to consider future options in the trades and engineering.The Illinois Tollway hosted about 120 students from area high schools September 26 for a...
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Helping parents keep their children safe every trip, every time, the Illinois Tollway and Illinois State Police Troop 15 are hosting a free Kids’ Identification and Safety Seat (K.I.S.S.) event on Saturday, September 30,  in partnership with the Tinley Park Police...
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Helping parents keep their children safe every trip, every time, the Illinois Tollway and Illinois State Police Troop 15 are hosting a free Kids’ Identification and Safety Seat (K.I.S.S.) event on Saturday, September 23, at Lambs Farm in Libertyville. The event coincides...
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The digital revolution is accelerating in the heavy highway construction industry and the Illinois Tollway is making sure that smaller firms aren’t steamrolled by the changes. The Illinois Tollway is defining requirements not only for construction, but also setting...
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It takes skill and specialized equipment to gently lift beams weighing up to 89 tons and measuring up to 145 feet long into place on a bridge the Illinois Tollway is building as part of its $4 billion reconstruction of the Central Tri-State Tollway (I-294). To make the...
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After launching a small engineering firm in 2017, Lisa Gasperec and her business partner, Megan Elberts, landed several contracts with the Illinois Tollway, working as subconsultants on projects that helped their four-person firm begin to grow. But they were still working...
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Imagine I-PASS as an “all-access” pass on your travels on any toll road, tunnel or bridge from coast to coast. It may take several more years to make it a reality, but the tolling industry continues working toward national tolling interoperability, making all toll systems...
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7.7 million vehicles expected to travel Friday through TuesdayThe Illinois Tollway is encouraging drivers traveling over the Labor Day holiday weekend to make sure their I-PASS and Pay By Plate accounts are ready to go when they take to the road for end-of-summer trips.The...
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The Illinois State Black Chamber of Commerce calls its annual convention each August “a treasure trove of connections waiting to be explored” and the Illinois Tollway went all-out to tap into that wealth of connections.  “The Illinois State Black Chamber of Commerce...
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Working as supervisor at the Illinois Tollway’s M-14 maintenance site keeps Mike Velasco busy, but he still manages to find time for what’s become almost a second career—collecting and delivering food and other essentials to people in need. “I’ll help out whenever I have...
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Additional 24-hour road patrols bolster H.E.L.P. trucks and State Police Troop 15The Illinois Tollway is launching around-the-clock Hot Weather Patrols to more quickly locate and assist customers stranded along its roads during the dangerously high temperatures and humidity...
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Free safety seat checks and kids ID cards at K.I.S.S. event at the Children’s Museum in Oak Lawn Helping parents keep their children safe every trip, every time, the Illinois Tollway and Illinois State Police Troop 15 are hosting a free Kids’ Identification and Safety...
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The Illinois Tollway congratulates Illinois State Police Troop 15 for bringing home top honors in the annual Illinois Traffic Safety Challenge.  Troop 15, the troop that patrols the Illinois Tollway system, was awarded first place in the 2022/2023...
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The International Bridge, Tunnel & Turnpike Association’s annual Maintenance, Engineering and Roadway Operations Workshop is the place to be for industry professionals to take a deep dive into the tools and techniques that make roadway facilities more efficient,...
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The annual Illinois State Police Lt. Rich Kozik Memorial Park Motorcycle and Fun Car Run on Saturday, July 15, attracted a couple hundred motorcycle riders and began with a brief memorial ceremony at the Illinois Tollway headquarters in Downers Grove.  “The Illinois...
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It’s only natural that Bryan Wagner would make Crain’s Chicago Business list of Notable Leaders in Sustainability. As the environmental policy and program manager for the Illinois Tollway, he is responsible for leading numerous environmental initiatives designed to...
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The Illinois Tollway and its workforce development partners reached out this week to a south suburban Chicago church community to promote career opportunities in highway construction through ConstructionWorks.The event at Victory Apostolic Church in Matteson attracted a mix of...
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Helping parents keep their children safe every trip, every time, the Illinois Tollway and Illinois State Police Troop 15 are hosting a free Kids’ Identification and Safety Seat (K.I.S.S.) event on Saturday, July 8, at the Prisco Community Center in Aurora. “K.I.S.S....
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