Illinois quick hits: Illinois Department of Transportation opens lanes for holiday travel


Chicago issues seizure orders for Mayor’s vehicles over unpaid tickets

The city of Chicago has issued seizure orders for two SUVs that shuttle Mayor Brandon Johnson around town because numerous speeding and red light camera tickets issued to the vehicles have gone unpaid. According to CWB, four SUVs dedicated to Johnson have collected 21 citations and one warning since he became mayor seven months ago. Only two of the 21 tickets have been paid. As of Wednesday, the unpaid fines and penalties total over $2,100.

Stellantis hires back 165 Belvidere employees laid off during strike

Automaker Stellantis has hired back nearly 165 employees at its Belvidere assembly plant who were laid off during the United Auto Workers strike. About 115 are already back at work at a parts distribution center, while the rest are training in Naperville and will return to Belvidere next week. Stellantis workers ratified a new labor deal in November.

Illinois Department of Transportation opens lanes for holiday travel

The Illinois Department of Transportation has announced that lanes that have been closed for construction will reopen, where possible, for the Christmas and New Year’s holidays to minimize travel disruption. Motorists can expect delays and should allow extra time for trips through these areas. Drivers are urged to pay close attention to changed conditions and signs in the work zones, obey the posted speed limits, refrain from using mobile devices and stay alert for workers and equipment.

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