More stories about ILLINOIS

  • Pothole art

    A Chicago artist repairs potholes with mosaic masterpieces.

  • Cycling kills (but you can stop it)

    I saw a billboard the other day that could only have been inspired by Chicago’s bicycling boom: A law firm offers to win damages from errant motorists for pain and suffering, medical expenses, lost income, and disfigurement.

  • 18 public works professionals receive inspection credential

    This American Public Works Association’s certification improves the effectiveness of those responsible for ensuring that infrastructure construction and materials comply with specifications.

  • Climate change and the urban forest

    Urban foresters in various regions of the country explain how to protect trees from the effects of climate change.

  • The Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge

    Two state DOTs refine the art of collaboration to design better (and less expensive) infrastructure.

  • Thermal Control Plan for Stan Span

    To meet the unique factors in constructing mass concrete elements on the bridge, contractors commissioned a thermal control plan.

  • VIDEO: Construction equipment stacks up the fun

    Caterpillar’s machines are serious business on public works jobsites. Video shows the heavy equipment maker also has a lighter side.

  • Illinois' Municipal Partnering Initiative (MPI)

    A joint buying initiative gaining momentum in suburban Chicago has saved participating communities more than $1.23 million since it was launched three years ago. Thirty communities have joined forces to procure a wide range of public works and construction services.

  • Suburb self performs RCC

    An Illinois public works department saves money with roller-compacted concrete. The material achieves high strength more quickly than conventional concrete pavement mixes.

  • Volvo and LEGO create powerhouse toy

    The miniature Volvo L350F wheel loader drives and loads like the real thing—and could lift little ones into future public works careers.