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Brad Palmer, WSIU Radio

Amtrak and the Illinois Department of Transportation showed off one of its new locomotives at the Carbondale station Wednesday.

Illinois has received 12 of the 44-hundred horsepower diesel-electric locomotives  that are also being put on routes in Missouri, Michigan and Wisconsin.

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Two southern Illinois facilities are among the top airports in the state according to the Illinois Department of Transportation.

IDOT recognized six airports with 2017 Airport of the Year awards.

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The future of Illinois' official state insect is in doubt.

The Monarch butterfly has seen its population decline by 80 percent over the past ten years, putting it at risk of becoming endangered.

The administration of Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner says it wants a judge to decide whether state employees who were improperly hired under former Gov. Pat Quinn should keep union contract job protections.

A new report by a court-appointed watchdog charged with looking into patronage hiring at the Illinois transportation department details how friends and relatives of top Democrats were hired under former Gov. Pat Quinn, even as many had little or no experience.

IDOT And Partners Stress Work Zone Safety

Apr 4, 2017
WSIU/Kevin Boucher

To draw attention to National Work Zone Awareness week, state officials and industry partners held a media event earlier this morning (Tuesday) in a high-traffic spot in Williamson County.  The podium was set up on top of the Wolf Creek Bridge, which is being built across Route 13 just east of Carterville.

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has eliminated a state Transportation Department position that he says was central to a patronage hiring scandal stretching back more than a decade.

Gov. Bruce Rauner has laid off 29 Illinois Department of Transportation employees who were among those improperly hired based on political connections.

Legislators have ratified an amendment to the Illinois constitution but it's up to voters whether the provision will be enshrined in state law.

Over the years, when lawmakers have been short on cash for state needs, they've dipped into funds that are supposed to pay for infrastructure.

The idea is to put an end to that practice.

The proposed constitutional amendment would put transportation funding in a figurative "lock box."

The Illinois Department of Transportation is hosting a series of statewide public meetings on its new five-year, $8.4 billion highway improvement plan.

Seatbelt usage in Illinois has hit an all-time high.

A little more than 95 percent of Illinois drivers and front seat passengers are wearing their safety belt...up from 94 percent last year.

A federal judge has ordered a court-appointed monitor to investigate hiring at Gov. Pat Quinn's Department of Transportation.

Governor Pat Quinn wants to proceed with getting rid of dozens of Illinois Department of Transportation employees. But the layoffs won't happen for at least another month.

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn, in a filing late Monday in federal court, contends a court appointed monitor is not necessary to ensure compliance with political hiring bans as suggested by an anti-patronage attorney.

The Illinois Department of Transportation is eliminating 58 positions that are at the center of a lawsuit alleging questionable hiring practices.

Gov. Pat Quinn's administration is refusing to release details about steps it says it took to fix questionable hiring practices at the Illinois Department of Transportation.

Governor Pat Quinn has asked a federal court to dismiss a Chicago attorney's challenge to state hiring.

Gov. Pat Quinn says the increase in jobs free from hiring rules at the Illinois Department of Transportation were ``absolutely'' necessary.

Less than half of the money in Illinois' Road Fund actually pays for highway construction and maintenance. That's the finding in a new audit that also says the Road Fund overpaid for employee health insurance.