Illinois Department of Transportation, Erica Borggren, Acting Secretary
Patrick J. Quinn, Governor
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Public Involvement Opportunities

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) engages in a broad range of activities to provide public outreach and involvement opportunities in conjunction with general transportation issues, the implementation of projects, and the development of long-range transportation plans and multi-year improvement programs.

Such activities include responding to thousands of letters sent by citizens covering a variety of transportation topics, such as specific projects, IDOT's performance and transportation services. IDOT responds to all correspondence and takes appropriate action. IDOT issues an average of 300 news releases annually to advise the public on transportation proposals, studies, safety issues and projects. Other public outreach activities by IDOT include holding focus group sessions; conducting surveys; collecting information through questionnaires and public comment forms; and issuing newsletters and brochures on programs, initiatives or issues.

With most major projects and proposals, IDOT establishes a community involvement process to enable interest groups and individuals to participate through work groups, task forces and committees. In addition, IDOT holds public hearings in conjunction with the preparation of federally required Environmental Impact Statements, Environmental Assessments, and on most projects that involve significant right-of-way acquisition. Information on these activities is advertised in the major newspapers whose circulation encompasses the location of a project or proposal.

IDOT follows federally approved public involvement procedures in conjunction with the development of a

State Transportation Plan, and

State Transportation Improvement Programs.

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