Illinois Department of Transportation http://wuis.org en AP: Quinn Halts Political Hiring http://wuis.org/post/ap-quinn-halts-political-hiring <p>Gov. Pat Quinn has ordered a moratorium on political hiring at the Illinois Department of Transportation and is requiring executive-level staff in every state agency to undergo training about proper hiring practices. &nbsp;</p><p>The Chicago Democrat's actions come amid questions about whether state jobs were improperly filled based on clout rather than qualifications. &nbsp;</p><p>The Associated Press obtained copies of memos sent Thursday by Quinn's attorney to IDOT leadership and the heads of all agencies, boards and commissions. &nbsp;</p> Fri, 04 Jul 2014 10:01:03 +0000 Associated Press 28590 at http://wuis.org AP: Quinn Halts Political Hiring Flashing Yellow Arrows Coming To Wabash Ave. http://wuis.org/post/flashing-yellow-arrows-coming-wabash-ave <p>Traffic signals designed to prevent accidents are being installed on Springfield's west side.<br /><br />Flashing yellow arrows will display at several intersections along Wabash Avenue, including at the White Oaks mall entrances.<br />The state Department of Transportation says the arrows have resulted in significant reductions in crashes where they are in place in other areas.&nbsp; Statistics show intersections account for more than 30 percent of accidents. &nbsp;<br /> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 17:03:00 +0000 Sean Crawford 28028 at http://wuis.org Flashing Yellow Arrows Coming To Wabash Ave. Ombudsman To Act As Go-Between For 10th Street Rail Corridor http://wuis.org/post/ombudsman-act-go-between-10th-street-rail-corridor <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Negotiations between residents of the 10th Street Corridor and the Illinois Department of Transportation , now that there is a go-between for the high speed rail project. A new ombudsman says he will be independent of either side.</p><p></p> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 22:06:02 +0000 Hannah Meisel 27872 at http://wuis.org Ombudsman To Act As Go-Between For 10th Street Rail Corridor AP: IDOT Hires Had Political Clout http://wuis.org/post/ap-idot-hires-had-political-clout <p></p><p>Dozens of state jobs involved in a dispute over whether they should be free of politics were filled by Gov. Pat Quinn's administration with candidates who were politically connected or gave campaign money to the governor's party. &nbsp;<br />That's according to an Associated Press review of state documents. &nbsp;</p> Mon, 12 May 2014 18:45:00 +0000 Associated Press 24943 at http://wuis.org AP: IDOT Hires Had Political Clout Documents Show Increase In Patronage Hiring http://wuis.org/post/documents-show-increase-patronage-hiring <p>Documents released by Gov. Pat Quinn's office show<br />that patronage positions at the Illinois Department of Transportation increased 57 percent from 2003 to 2011.<br />&nbsp;<br />&nbsp;Memos that the Quinn administration released Friday show that in 2011 there were 369 jobs at IDOT that could be given without restriction to those with<br />political connections. That was up from 234 in 2003.<br />&nbsp; Fri, 25 Apr 2014 22:37:52 +0000 Associated Press 23842 at http://wuis.org Documents Show Increase In Patronage Hiring Raising Gax Tax "Unwise," Says Quinn, But Offers No Other Ideas http://wuis.org/post/raising-gax-tax-unwise-says-quinn-offers-no-other-ideas <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Illinois will invest another eight point six billion dollars into roads, bridges and other projects. It's the latest installment of a major infrastructure plan lawmakers passed in 2010. Now, Governor Pat Quinn is calling for a new one. But he's not saying where the money should come from.</p><p>The 2010 infrastructure program - known as Illinois Jobs Now! - has funded thousands of miles of road repairs so far -- paid for by higher taxes on alcohol, candy and soft drinks; a higher license plate fee; and revenue from video poker.</p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 21:38:33 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 22673 at http://wuis.org Raising Gax Tax "Unwise," Says Quinn, But Offers No Other Ideas Another Cold Night Ahead; Motorists Advised To Stay Home http://wuis.org/post/another-cold-night-ahead-motorists-advised-stay-home <p>The snowstorm that dumped several inches on Illinois has moved out of the state.&nbsp; But high winds and extremely cold temperatures make for another night of dangerous conditions.&nbsp;&nbsp; Interstates have slick spots from where blowing snow has covered the road.&nbsp; Many secondary roads are in much worse shape. &nbsp;<br />Ann Schneider, Illinois' Transportation Secretary, says her agency has been advising the public to avoid driving...<br /> Mon, 06 Jan 2014 20:21:36 +0000 Sean Crawford 16389 at http://wuis.org Another Cold Night Ahead; Motorists Advised To Stay Home 70 mph New Year's Day? Not So Fast ... http://wuis.org/post/70-mph-new-years-day-not-so-fast <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Beginning Jan. 1, the maximum speed limit in Illinois will increase to 70 miles an hour. But you might want to hold off on the throttle for at least a few weeks.</span></p><p>While the new 70 mph law technically goes into effect at midnight on New Year's Day, it's going to take the Illinois Department of Transportation a little while to get all the new speed limit signs put up. Until then, IDOT spokeswoman Paris Earvin says, "We really encourage motorists to obey the posted speed limits."</p> Tue, 31 Dec 2013 17:36:58 +0000 Brian Mackey 16022 at http://wuis.org 70 mph New Year's Day? Not So Fast ... Open House Scheduled For 3rd St. Rail Improvements http://wuis.org/post/open-house-scheduled-3rd-st-rail-improvements <p>A hearing Tuesday afternoon in Springfield will explain improvements to the&nbsp; 3rd Street rail line.<br />Springfield leaders breathed a sigh of relief when it was announced rail traffic would be consolidated along 10th Street.&nbsp; They had concerns of more and faster trains traveling through the heart of downtown.&nbsp; But while the 10th Street corridor is being revamped, the&nbsp; trains won't wait.&nbsp; That means safety improvements are needed along 3rd Street.</p> Tue, 10 Dec 2013 08:43:00 +0000 Sean Crawford 14647 at http://wuis.org Open House Scheduled For 3rd St. Rail Improvements Sangamon County In Top Ten For Deer-Vehicle Accidents http://wuis.org/post/sangamon-county-top-ten-deer-vehicle-accidents <p>It's likely you or someone you know have struck a deer.&nbsp;&nbsp; While it seems as though they are always wandering into the road, the actual number of deer-vehicle accidents was down last year. &nbsp;<br /><br />State Farm Insurance has already predicted another decline based on claims filed.&nbsp;&nbsp; The company attributes the expected decline in accidents to a smaller deer population and increased driver awareness.&nbsp; It says Illinois drivers have less chance of hitting a deer than the national average. &nbsp;<br /> Wed, 27 Nov 2013 09:45:00 +0000 Sean Crawford 13815 at http://wuis.org Sangamon County In Top Ten For Deer-Vehicle Accidents Member Of State Panel Resigns After Hosting Political Fundraiser http://wuis.org/post/member-state-panel-resigns-after-hosting-political-fundraiser <p>A member of a board that helps choose engineers to<br />design Illinois roads has resigned after he co-hosted a political fundraiser for the chairman of the state Senate&#39;s Transportation Committee.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 14 Oct 2013 16:44:14 +0000 Associated Press 10900 at http://wuis.org Member Of State Panel Resigns After Hosting Political Fundraiser Illinois Speed Limit Going To 70 MPH http://wuis.org/post/illinois-speed-limit-going-70-mph <p>Illinois' top speed limit will go up on many highways beginning in January.&nbsp; Governor Pat Quinn has signed a new law increasing the speed limit from 65 to 70 m.p.h.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<br>Quinn bucked the advice of his Department of Transportation, which opposed the legislation.<br>IDOT says a higher speed limit will raise average speeds leading to more crashes and fatalities. Mon, 19 Aug 2013 22:51:47 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 7528 at http://wuis.org Illinois Speed Limit Going To 70 MPH Road Fund Overpaid For Health Insurance http://wuis.org/post/road-fund-overpaid-health-insurance <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Less than half of the money in Illinois' Road Fund actually pays for highway construction and maintenance. That's the finding in a </span><a href="http://www.auditor.illinois.gov/Audit-Reports/Performance-Special-Multi/Performance-Audits/2013%20Releases/13-Road-Fund-Expend-Mgmt-Audit-Full.pdf" style="line-height: 1.5;">new audit (pdf)</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> that also says the Road Fund overpaid for employee health insurance.</span></p> Wed, 15 May 2013 11:30:00 +0000 Brian Mackey 2678 at http://wuis.org Road Fund Overpaid For Health Insurance