Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Construction contracts approved last week include a major ramp construction projects for the new Tri-State Tollway (I-294)/I-57 Interchange, according to a press release from the Illinois Tollway.
The Illinois Tollway Board of Directors last week approved 13 new construction contracts totaling $70.9 million. "Dollars spent on infrastructure translate into increased opportunities for businesses and workers here in Illinois," said Illinois Tollway Executive Director Kristi Lafleur in a press release. "We are pleased to be able to leverage these major investments to help jump start the regional economy.” Construction contracts approved last week include a major ramp construction projects for the new Tri-State Tollway (I-294)/I-57 Interchange and 10 unbundled contracts with values below $5 million, according to the Illinois Tollway press release. New contracts awarded last week include: A $43.6 million for two contracts to Lorig …
Thursday, February 21, 2013
The Illinois Tollway Board of Directors is expected to approve a new contract with TranSystem later this month.
Thursday, February 21
The Illinois Tollway’s Finance Administration Operations and Strategic Planning Committees recommended approval today of a $4 million contract award to Schaumburg-based TranSystems Corp. to continue plans for the proposed extension of Illinois Route 53/120 in Lake County. “This is an important step forward for the Illinois Route 53/120 Extension, which is expected to create thousands of jobs and drive economic development in Lake County and the region for decades to come,” said Governor Pat Quinn. “This project can also serve as a national model for how to design and build a roadway that preserves and protects the environment and local communities." The new contract recommended for approval today will develop a detailed engineering …
Sunday, July 15, 2012
On the books for decades, could the Route 53 extension be any closer to reality? How do you propose it is paid for?
Talk about the Route 53 extension has extended into decades. The plan, which will extend Route 53 from Lake Cook Road to Highway 120 in Lake County, has the support of local governments, transportation agencies and the general public. However, opponents continue to question how it will be funded. The Blue Ribbon Advisory Council recently presented a report to the Illinois Tollway Authority Board, and in May the council, which is co-chaired by Lake County Board Chairman David Stolman of Buffalo Grove and civic leader George Ranney, president and CEO of Metropolis Strategies, approved a final report recommending the Illinois Tollway move forward with the corridor. The Council stated that a four-lane, limited access, tolled parkway should be…
Friday, May 25, 2012
Be sure to observe the 45-mph speed limit in all construction zones, whether or not workers are present. Otherwise, you could be ticketed a minimum of $375 for speeding in a work zone.
Friday, May 25, 2012
If your Memorial Day plans include a road trip via the tollway, you will have plenty of company. The Illinois Tollway is expecting approximately 7 million vehicles will travel the Tollway system this Memorial Day holiday from Friday, May 25, through Tuesday, May 29. The Tollway expects the heaviest travel on Friday, May 25, when nearly 1.6 million vehicles are projected to be on the road. On an average day, about 1.4 million vehicles use the Tollway. Tollway officials, in a prepared news release, stress the need to drive safely in construction work zones throughout the Illinois Tollway system. The Tollway is restricting construction activity and suspending all temporary construction lane closures over the holiday weekend. “While there is a…
Thursday, January 19, 2012
The Illinois Tollway is preparing to mobilize its full fleet of 183 snowplows in response to the snowfall expected to begin on Friday.
Thursday, January 19, 2012
The Illinois Tollway is preparing to mobilize its full fleet of 183 snowplows in response to the snowfall expected to begin on Friday and continue into Saturday morning, making travel safer and easier for customers on the 286-mile system of roads serving 12 counties in Northern Illinois. “The Illinois Tollway is ready to put our snow removal plans into action as soon as the snow hits the pavement,” Illinois Tollway Executive Director Kristi Lafleur stated in a press release. “The safety of our customers is our top priority, and we are well-prepared to respond to the snowfall expected throughout the day tomorrow.” The Illinois Tollway’s Snow Operations Center will open Friday, Jan. 20, and the Tollway will have a full complement of more …
Friday, December 9, 2011
I-PASS users could see unexpected activity in their bank accounts.
Friday, December 9, 2011
The Illinois Tollway's I-PASS system erroneously began a cycle of account charges and refunds on Dec. 9 to I-PASS accounts that were scheduled for automatic balance replenishment. As a result, I-PASS customers may notice unnecessary charges and refunds from the Illinois Tollway on their credit and debit cards. Tollway officials are working to ensure that all I-PASS automatic replenishment accounts have been correctly refunded. They are also working with banks to ensure that customers do not incur overdraft fees as a result of this computer problem. I-PASS customers with questions about their accounts may call the Illinois Tollway's customer call center at 1-800-824-7277.
Thursday, October 20, 2011
Chicagoland news to talk about: Suburbs consider electric aggregation.
Want to make sure your child doesn't eat too much candy this Halloween? Consider giving them a financial incentive. That is what one Chicago dental office is doing by paying kids for their "excess" Halloween candy. Westend Dental, located in Chicago's Lincoln Park neighborhood, will pay trick-or-treaters $1 per pound of Halloween candy. The U.S. Department of Education announced more than $4 million in grants Monday that will be distributed to select charter schools across the country. Twenty-three schools received funding to strengthen their programming, and three were awarded large grants that came with an endorsement -- funding earmarked to help them prepare their successful curricula for dissemination to other charters across the …
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Chicagoland news to talk about: Skimming device found at Chase Bank ATM.
Armed burglars tied up a couple in their 70s at a condominium complex in Glenview, Monday night, and proceeded to rob them of $60,000 in jewelry. According to police, the men posed as delivery men to enter the unit. No more free RTA rides for seniors due to budget cuts. Beginning Sept. 1, the Regional Transit Authority's "Seniors Ride Free" program will expire for all senior citizens except those defined as "low-income" using standards adopted from Illinois Department on Aging "Circuit Breaker" program. All other seniors will pay a discounted, half-price, fare. The RTA has filed a $100 million lawsuit against Channahon and Kankakee, alleging the communities have benefited from a sales tax loophole to the detriment of the RTA and other …
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Chicagoland news to talk about: Crime Stoppers offers $5000 reward for hit-and-run information; Skunks swell in suburb.
A Naperville man has been charged with reckless homicide in the deaths of two Elmhurst residents for allegedly driving his Porsche at a high rate of speed into oncoming traffic on I-88, Aug. 6. Witnesses reported seeing William Howe, a dentist, drive erratically and throwing wads of cash out the window. Lake County Crime Stoppers is offering a $5000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the driver that struck and killed 18-year-old Gabriella Drozdz, July 22, in Lake Zurich. Drozdz and two friends were on their way to Alpine Fest when the hit-and-run occurred. An Arlington Heights woman faces criminal charges after fracturing the legs and skull of a 2-month old baby boy, according to Palatine Patch. Rubi Cabrera, 19, has been…
Thursday, August 4, 2011
Tollway Director Bill Morris called the proposed 87.5 percent toll increase to fund a $12 billion capital plan "too ambitious and too costly."
Bill Morris of Grayslake was the lone tollway director to vote against the proposed 35 to 45 cent toll increase to pay for a $12 billion, 15-year capital plan. In his mind, it is too large of an increase with too few details known about exactly how the money would be spent. “The devil is in the details,” said Morris, a tollway director for the past two years who voted against the proposed 87.5 percent toll increase that would affect motorists in both cash and I-Pass lanes. An overview of the plans was released July 28, detailing which roads are slated for improvements. “All of us agree that taking care of the system, making sure that it is smooth and safe, is key,” Morris said. “My question is just that some apparently feel that we can …