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The state of Illinois – The Prairie State, the Land of Lincoln, and the heart of America
Illinois is the 5th most populous state and 25th largest state in terms of land area. With Chicago in the northeast, small industrial cities and great agricultural productivity in central and northern Illinois, and natural resources like coal, timber, and petroleum in the south, Illinois has a diverse economic base and is a major transportation hub. The Port of Chicago connects the state to other global ports from the Great Lakes, via the Saint Lawrence Seaway, to the Atlantic Ocean, as well as the Great Lakes to the Mississippi River, via the Illinois River. For decades, O'Hare International Airport has been ranked as one of the world's busiest airports. Illinois has long had a reputation as a bellwether both in social and cultural terms and politics.
To accommodate residents and visitors alike, the major Illinois roadways are in heavy usage:
Illinois is at the heart of the country’s interstate highway system. This vast system consists of coast-to-coast interstates I-80 and I-90, along with I-70 that extends from the east coast to Utah. These major corridors are joined by multiple north – south corridors including I-39, I-55, and I-57 and additional east – west corridors such as I-24, I-64, and I-74.
In all, there are 2,185 interstate miles that serve the state, making Illinois the third ranking state in the U.S. There are a total of 15,969 miles of state highways and 7,847 bridges making the interstate route accessible across the entire state. More than 7,200 trucking establishments within Illinois take advantage of this extensive network of highways. Illinois is also home to seven of the 150 nationally designated scenic byways.
The Illinois Department of Transportation provides a high-quality site with road conditions, maps, videos, and traffic cameras.
The climate of Illinois is unique, with drier winters than nearby states
Because of its nearly 400 miles length and mid-continental placement, Illinois has a widely varying climate. Most of Illinois has a humid continental climate with hot, humid summers and cool to cold winters. The southernmost part of the state, from about Carbondale southward, and the eastern suburbs of St. Louis, border on a humid subtropical climate with more moderate winters. Average yearly precipitation for Illinois varies from just 48 inches at the southern tip to 35 inches in the northern portion of the state. Normal annual snowfall exceeds 38 inches in Chicago, while the southern portion of the state normally receives less than 14 inches. The highest temperature recorded in Illinois was 117 °F recorded on July 14, 1954, at East St. Louis, while the lowest temperature was -37 °F, recorded on January 15, 2009, at Rochelle.
Illinois averages around 50 days of thunderstorm activity a year which put it somewhat above average for number of thunderstorm days for the United States. Illinois is vulnerable to tornadoes with an average of 35 occurring annually, which puts much of the state at around 5 tornadoes per 10,000 square miles annually.
In Accident Data Center, our data about accidents in the Illinois region is divided into the following regions:
Legal information for accident victims in Illinois
After someone has been injured or killed in a motor-vehicle crash in Illinois, many decisions need to be made immediately and questions need to be answered. For example, how much of the medical costs will be covered by the insurance policy? How can an injured person get help with medical bills immediately? What if the at-fault driver has no insurance?
Where to find legal assistance after an Illinois injury accident
After a serious crash, it is crucial to get help from an Illinois personal injury attorney who understands the legal standards and practices, who knows how insurance policies function, and who can handle all aspects of an insurance claim so the injured person can focus on recovery. If someone is killed due to the negligence of someone else, an Illinois wrongful death lawyer can launch a claim that will begin the process of financial recovery for the family members left behind. Learn more here about what an Illinois accident attorney can do to help.
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Most recent accident reports
Marilyn S. Clasen, 50, was killed in a three-vehicle crash about 6:57 a.m. Monday in the first block of Plum Street, officials said.
A Murphysboro man was killed in a motorcycle versus car crash in Perry County, Illinois on Sunday.
It happened at the intersection St. Rt. 152 and St. Rt 127/13 around 11:20 a.m.
A 52-year-old man is dead after a fatal accident Saturday night.
The Sangamon County Sheriff's Office tells us Alan Brumfield of Thayer was driving in the 7100-block of Thayer Road just before 5:30 p.m. That's when he drove into a field and the car he was in overturned.
State Police say a garbage truck collided with a day-care center bus after the truck's breaks failed.
The community of Raymond is grieving this weekend over the death of a local educator.
Chad Langheim, the Principal and Co-Superintendent of Lincolnwood Jr. and Sr. High School died in a car crash Friday night.
Flags are at half-staff Thursday morning after off-duty Cleveland firefighter Theodore J. Wright, Jr.'s pickup truck crashed into a telephone pole and died.
An elderly Lincoln woman died after a two-vehicle crash early Tuesday evening. Authorities say Viola Garvey, 82, was pronounced dead after the accident in the 2300-block of Woodlawn Road in Lincoln.
A west suburban man was killed in a head-on crash Monday morning in Elburn, police said.
An eastbound 2002 Toyota Camry crossed the center line on Keslinger Road about 7:30 a.m. and struck a westbound 2000 Chevrolet van near Harley Road, according to the Kane County Sheriff's office.
A single vehicle crash with severe injuries occurred at approximately 2:40 p.m. Saturday about of mile north of Lockhaven Road on Illinois Route 100, also known as the Great River Road, in Jersey County.
Authorities say a worker at a farm chemical company died after his fertilizer truck was struck by an Amtrak train in the east-central Illinois community of Savoy.
The driver of a van that collided with an empty CTA bus has been identified as Eric West, Jr. Three other people were hurt in the crash.
A 48-year-old man has been charged in a crash that injured five people at a Roseland bus stop, following a police chase Tuesday night.
A bicyclist was killed after a collision with a van in Roselle, northwest of Chicago, on Tuesday morning.
The bicyclist's name was not publicly released as of 10:15 a.m., pending notification of family members, but Sgt. John Lawson said the man was born in 1966.
Two people were airlifted to the hospital after a multi-vehicle wreck in St. Clair County, Ill. on Tuesday. According to police, two men were in a vehicle heading southbound on Ill.