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2007 Press Releases

December 31, 2007
Governor Blagojevich announces new requirements for teenage drivers, tough new penalties for drinking and driving in the New Year

December 19, 2007
Blagojevich Administration officials announce crack down on impaired drivers during the holidays

December 11, 2007
Gov. Blagojevich announces crackdown on impaired drivers, proclaims December as Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month

November 28, 2007
Prairie Parkway Corridor Protection Map Revised

November 21, 2007
IDOT recognized for 20 years of partnership with IL Committee of Blind Vendors; Rest area vending program highlighted as successful model of entrepreneurship opportunity for the blind

November 19, 2007
As thousands of people plan to hit the roadways during the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, Governor Rod R. Blagojevich today announced that the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), the Illinois State Police (ISP), and hundreds of other local police agencies are teaming up to crackdown on drivers who fail to buckle up.

November 19, 2007
Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich today congratulated Tom Carper, the former mayor of Macomb and Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) West Central region manager, on his nomination by Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) to serve on the national Board of Directors for Amtrak.

November 19, 2007
On behalf of Governor Rod R. Blagojevich, Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) Secretary Milton R. Sees today joined U.S. Congressman Jerry Costello, State Representative Jay Hoffman (D-Collinsville) and other elected and community leaders to dedicate the McKinley Bridge as the revitalization project nears completion.

November 11, 2007
Governor Blagojevich Celebrates Illinois Tollway’s Completion of I-355 South Extension, Significantly Reducing Travel Times and Improving Commutes in Fastest Growing Suburbs

November 6, 2007
The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) will hold five public meetings on the long term State Transportation Plan, starting November 13th. The current plan was revised in December 2005. To comply with state law, an updated plan is scheduled to be completed by December 31, 2007. Members of the public will have the opportunity to learn about the State Transportation Plan, and ask questions at each public meeting.

October 31, 2007
Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) officials today joined Mt. Vernon Mayor Mary Jane Chesley and other local and state leaders to break ground on the new Mt. Vernon Interchange for Veteran’s Memorial Drive.

October 25, 2007
Alongside area legislators, law enforcement and transportation officials, Governor Rod R. Blagojevich today cut the ribbon at the 39th Street entrance ramp to the outbound Dan Ryan, marking the ahead of schedule completion of the Dan Ryan Expressway Reconstruction Project - an historic and unprecedented effort to improve safety and provide congestion relief on one of the busiest expressways in the country. p>

October 24, 2007
As a result of Governor Rod R. Blagojevich’s signing of “Tina’s Law” this past August, the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) today installed the first DUI memorial sign authorized under the new law in Chicago.

October 21, 2007
The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) and Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) are reminding students, parents and drivers about the importance of school bus safety both on and off the school bus during National School Bus Safety Week.

October 18, 2007
The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) want to remind motorists that deer are more active during the fall, and as cooler weather approaches, the likelihood of vehicle crashes involving deer increases.

October 16, 2007
Governor Rod R. Blagojevich announced today a new Web site where the public can track improvements along the U.S. Route 67 corridor.

September 24, 2007
On behalf of Governor Rod R. Blagojevich, Illinois Department of Transportation Secretary Milt Sees today joined legislators, and education, labor and business leaders in Southern Illinois to launch a statewide effort urging members of the Illinois House of Representatives to pass Illinois Works, the comprehensive capital program that funds roads, bridges, transit, schools, and environment and energy projects throughout Illinois

September 20, 2007
Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) Secretary Milton Sees welcomed central Illinois students to the agency’s first ever Career Day in Springfield today.

September 17, 2007
The Illinois Department of Transportation announced that, weather permitting, in late September it will be launching the first phase of a rehabilitation, resurfacing and drainage improvement project that will require major lane reductions in both directions of the Edens Expressway/I-94 this fall and next spring and summer.

September 14, 2007
Governor Rod R. Blagojevich today officially named Milt Sees as Secretary to the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT). Milt Sees has been the Acting Secretary of IDOT since earlier this year.

September 3, 2007
Governor Rod R. Blagojevich signed “Jeff’s Law” today, making it easier to convict speeding or impaired drivers who kill people in work or school zones.

August 31, 2007
The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) today announced that new signs are being installed along U.S. Route 20 through Illinois to commemorate the Ulysses S. Grant Memorial Highway, an update that will draw more attention to the role Illinois played in the 18th President’s rise to fame.

August 30, 2007
IDOT Highlights Blagojevich Administration Efforts to Promote E-85 and Biofuels at Farm Progress Show

August 24, 2007
Governor Rod R. Blagojevich today signed a new law designed to reduce the number of drunk drivers on Illinois’ roads by requiring first time DUI offenders to have an ignition interlock device installed on their cars.

August 14, 2007
IDOT, ISP, Secretary of State Police and local police agencies Announce Labor Day Impaired Driving Crackdown

August 11, 2007
IDOT Teams Up With Best Western Hotels of Illinois to Create New State Highway Map

June 6, 2007
Governor Blagojevich announces national recognition for Illinois’ seven Scenic Byways

June 1, 2007
The Illinois Department of Transportation Selects Prairie Parkway Preferred Alternative

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May 25, 2007
The next meeting of the Procurement Policy Board is scheduled for 11:00 a.m., Friday, June 1, 2007 at the Capitol Building room 122B in Springfield.

May 22, 2007
Governor Rod R. Blagojevich awards funds for the purchase of ramp and lift equipped vehicles that will help elderly persons and persons with disabilities throughout Illinois.

May 17, 2007
Police Target Nighttime Drivers During 2007 Memorial Day “Click it or Ticket” Safety Belt Campaign

May 7, 2007
IDOT, League of Illinois Bicyclists Launch Share the Road Campaign for National Bike Month

April 10, 2007
WTS Greater Chicago Chapter announces the Illinois Department of Transportation as Employer of the Year

April 5, 2007
IDOT Halts Road Construction to Give Motorists a Break this Easter Holiday Weekend; Motorists urged to drive safe and conserve fuel

April 3, 2007
Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) Acting Secretary Milt Sees and Illinois State Police (ISP) Director Larry Trent are warning drivers to be alert and slow down in work zones as the 2007 highway construction season kicks off.

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March 15, 2007
IDOT, ISP, Secretary of State Police team with local police to step up alcohol enforcement for St. Patrick’s Day

March 13, 2007
IDOT Appoints Veteran Engineer to Lead Highway Region 2 Covering Northern Illinois

March 5, 2007
IDOT Holds Ceremony for Training Program Graduates

February 6, 2007
Governor Blagojevich announces statewide effort to teach drivers proper use of child safety seats

February 1, 2007
Governor Blagojevich announces return of air service between Chicago and downstate communities of Decatur, Quincy and Marion

January 31, 2007
Gov. Blagojevich announces Super Bowl Blitz on Drinking and Driving. IDOT funds patrols by ISP and local police on Super Bowl Sunday to crack down on impaired drivers

January 26, 2007
Governor Blagojevich names Milt Sees acting Secretary of Transportation; Accepts resignation of Secretary Timothy W. Martin

January 24, 2007
Gov. Blagojevich announces new IDOT effort to create more opportunities for small and minority road contractors

January 18, 2007
Gov. Blagojevich announces 2006 safest year on Illinois roadways in more than 80 years

January 2, 2007
State Seeks Veterans to Fill IDOT Highway, Emergency Traffic Patrol Posts in Cook County

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