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 and was returning home to his wife and young children when his marked police SUV was hit head-on by another vehicle driving the wrong way in the westbound lanes of I-294. Trooper Ellis served for 11 years in Illinois State Police District 15, which is the unit that patrols the 294 miles of the Illinois Tollway system to assist and protect our customers and roadway workers.  His death comes just two days after the line-of-duty loss of Trooper Brooke Jones-Story, who was struck and killed by a semi tractor-trailer during a traffic stop along U.S. Route 20 in Stephenson County in Illinois State Police District 16.  The Illinois Tollway shares with Illinois State Police a commitment to protecting the drivers, workers and contractors who use our roads—a commitment exemplified by the devoted service Trooper of Ellis and Trooper Jones-Story. For years, the Illinois Tollway has looked for ways to promote safety on our roadways.  In 2017, the Illinois Tollway in conjunction with the Illinois State Police and Illinois Secretary of State launched the Give Them Distance campaign to call attention to state law requiring drivers to slow down and move over when approaching any vehicle stopped along the road. In 2012, the Tollway joined the Illinois Department of Transportation in launching the Embrace the Orange campaign, committed to getting the word out that work zone safety affects drivers as well as construction workers.  In response to the state’s ban on cell phone use by driving, the Tollway has also long been on the forefront of the “Drop it and Drive” campaign.  This week, the Tollway will again be joining the Illinois Department of Transportation in promoting the...

Slow Down. Save Lives.

Gov. JB Pritzker and Illinois State Police are reminding drivers to slow down and take other precautions to protect state troopers and emergency responders stopped along roadways to aid and assist motorists.  So far this year, 14 Illinois State Police troopers have been...

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National Outstanding Project and Leader Award Winner

The Illinois Tollway builds and operates great roads because it has great engineers—and the awards they’ve won prove it. Chief Engineering Officer Paul Kovacs is the latest Tollway engineer to be honored, receiving the 2019 national Outstanding Projects and Leaders (OPAL)...

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Barrington Road Interchange Is Making Travel Better

The Illinois Tollway’s eye-catching new Barrington Road Interchange and in-line transit station for Pace buses is turning heads and making travel faster and easier on the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90). Now, the distinctive $68 million interchange, which...

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Tollway Kicks Off 2018 Annual Report

Every year, the Illinois Tollway submits its annual report to the state of Illinois by March 15 in accordance with the Toll Highway Act. This year, the Tollway prepared a digital report where sections are being previewed on social media channels and posted on the Tollway’s...

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