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CHICAGO - Organizers of a march this week that may snarl traffic in one of Chicago's most heavily populated neighborhoods say they don't want the support of the city's mayor.

State officials have opened an underpass in Galesburg to ease traffic and improve safety. 

Starved Rock State Park is struggling to keep up with the more than 10 million visitors that have come to the Illinois park in the last four years.

City of Peoria

The Northmoor Road Project poses a new wrinkle for Peoria motorists starting today. Northmoor is closed at Rosemead Drive and the Exposition Gardens entrance. Peoria Public Works Director Scott Reeise says they’re closing the road to construct other underground utilities for a new signalized intersection.

Friends are remembering an Illinois State Police trooper who died in a vehicle crash as a hard worker and good-hearted man.

State transportation officials are warning motorists that the expected hot weather over the next few days might cause pavement to buckle around Illinois.

Tanya Koonce / Peoria Public Radio

Kickapoo Creek Road is closed in Peoria County from Farmington Road to Bartonville.


CHICAGO (AP) - A suburban Chicago unit has begun deploying drones to help with investigations of major traffic accidents. 

City of Pekin GIS Office / Twitter

All segments of Veterans Drive in Pekin are now open. Some construction remains, causing lane closures, but through traffic will still be allowed. The reopening of VFW Drive also brings some changes to the traffic pattern. The VFW and 14th Street intersection as well as the 5th Street intersection are no longer 4-way stops. Veterans Drive traffic does not stop at 14th Street or 5th Street.


South Main Street in Washington Closed For Emergency Repairs

Sep 28, 2016
City of Washington

South Main Street in Washington is closed between Holland and Burton Streets for emergency repairs to the sanitary sewer. No service disruption is expected during the repair window. The roadway is expected to reopen Thursday evening. 

A detour route for both north and south bound traffic is Burton Street, Market Street, and W. Holland Street. Only local traffic will be allowed on Catherine Street and E. Holland Street west of S. High Street until further notice.  

Peoria Officially Opens Allen/Alta Roundabout

Dec 10, 2015

After months of construction and delays from other projects, the Allen and Alta Road intersection re-opened Thursday.  The intersection closed this past spring for upgrades, including removing the four-way-stop and installing a roundabout.  City Engineer Scott Reeise says the move will help remove the long-waits for many drivers during the morning and evening rush hours:

Traffic Delays Expected For Sunday Marathon

Oct 12, 2015

  Car traffic on Water Street will be closed during Peoria’s Fourth of July Fireworks events from State Street to Eaton.  That’s due to the excessive rainfall and flood barriers along the riverfront.  Pedestrians can still enjoy the fireworks display from Water Street.  Parking will also still be available in the Niagara and Jefferson decks. 

Adams Street and Jefferson Avenue in Peoria will have permanent two-way traffic for about six blocks.  Peoria City Engineer Scott Reeise says the two-way traffic will stretch from Walnut to Persimmon Streets starting at the end of the month.  He says the goal is to slow traffic and boost safety for pedestrians trying to access businesses on Adams and Jefferson.  Reeise says the changes are part of long-term improvements to the warehouse district.

Area school closings, weather & traffic information

Jan 5, 2015

Wind Chill Warning

ACLU report: signs of racial bias in Illinois traffic stops

Aug 13, 2014

Police in the City of Peoria and County are more likely to ask to search the vehicles of minority drivers compared to whites during traffic stops. That's according to data collected by the state from 2013. The American Civil Liberties Union says that mirrors statewide numbers. But ACLU Spokesman Ed Yohnka says statewide and central Illinois data also show targeting blacks and Latinos is not only discriminatory, it's not a wise enforcement effort:

The city of Peoria and Peoria County officials are working together to ensure the public’s safety at a large music festival this weekend.

The Uplands Residents Association is asking the city of Peoria to slow if not reduce traffic in their neighborhood.

Part of a major road in Washington is closing for three weeks to repair severe potholes and pavement damage.  Business Route 24 on both sides of the viaduct just south of Wood Street is closing starting Monday. Jennifer Rudzinski is IDOT’s operations engineer for District 4. She says the pavement repairs should last for decades once complete:

Some road closures at Main/University start Friday

Mar 6, 2014

Main Street from University to Elmwood will be closed to all traffic starting Friday. It’s expected to last for one week while crews work on installing a water main at the Main and University intersection.  Current lane closures on southbound University remain in effect. 

Illinois first in traffic safety study

Jan 31, 2014

Illinois ranks first in a nationwide study surveying traffic safety laws.  And according to the Illinois Department of Transportation, teen driving fatalities were at an all-time low in 2013. Even so, the organization Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety says more teen driving laws could cut down on fatalities further.  The group’s president, Jackie Gillan, says vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death of teens nationwide. She says Illinois is no exception.

Two streets in Pekin are switching to two-way traffic this Thursday for the first time in decades. The 300 blocks of South Fourth and South Capitol Streets will return to two-way traffic starting at noon on Thursday. Officials say it may take drivers some time to get used to the change. The Street Department will remove some of the one-way signs starting Wednesday. New yellow lane dividers will be painted on both streets with orange construction barrels drawing attention to the change.

Outside the Horseshoe - November 12, 2013

Nov 12, 2013

The Main and University Intersection in Peoria is one of the city’s busiest, and therefore most likely to be congested with both vehicles and pedestrians during the day.  The City is also looking to re-do the Main and University intersection this coming spring, with the aim to boost both traffic and safety.  City officials have also found quicker route options for those many, many vehicles that pass through the intersection daily.

New Veterans Drive segment now open

Sep 13, 2013

The City of Pekin is celebrating the completion of the central part of Veterans Drive. Local, state and federal officials cut the ribbon Friday for the additional portion of the city’s ring road project.  The one-mile stretch of pavement connects Broadway to Sheridan Road. It costs nearly $5 million. Pekin Mayor Laurie Barra says finishing this part of Veteran’s Drive means additional economic investment and better traffic flow:

Daryl Scott/Peoria Public Radio

Traffic delays could last a few more weeks at Main and University following a water main break.  Illinois American Water says the intersection is reduced to right-hand turns and one lane traffic in each direction. Detour routes are posted and drivers are also encouraged to avoid the area if possible.  Illinois American water says the road will be fully repaired in the next few weeks

State gets three major new traffic laws

Aug 5, 2013

Illinois has a trio of new laws that officials say will make the roads safer.  But the governor has yet to act on other measures that could have a significant impact on drivers.