Illinois Construction Projects: Summer 2017

Summer is a busy season for travelers, and yet, it’s an even busier season for road work/repair/construction. So what’s a road warrior to do? Prepare. Schedule your trips with plenty of time to spare as a result of construction and the usual traffic we experience daily. 

Watch out for these construction projects on Illinois tollways this summer:


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Chicago’s Rising Gas Prices

As the warmer months creep up on us, gas prices rise as we switch over from winter to summer gasoline. Yes, that’s right, there’s a difference between winter & summer gasoline. 

According to our friends at How Stuff Works, Gas prices often go up during the summer, starting around Memorial Day [Source: EPA]. There are many reasons behind the increase in summer fuel prices, and some are fairly logical. More people traveling, increases demand. Also, in the spring months, energy companies conduct maintenance on their refineries, shutting them down and limiting capacity until late May. Because of these disruptions, oil supplies can become stretched.

Summer-blended gas contains more costly compounds that burn cleaner, working to reduce smog during the hot summer months, said Gregg Laskoski, a senior petroleum analyst from GasBuddy [Source: Accuweather].

But there’s more, gas prices soared to a 19-month high in Illinois for a specific reason.  

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Summer Solstice Facts

Fast facts to drop to your coworker today when they inevitably say, “Did you know today is the Summer Solstice?”

  1.  Summer & Winter SolsticeIn the Northern Hemisphere, where it is the longest day of the year in terms of daylight, the June Solstice is also called the Summer Solstice. In the Southern Hemisphere, on the other hand, it is the shortest day of the year and is known as the Winter Solstice.
  2. First Solstice of the Year

    Solstices happen twice a year – in June andDecember. The June Solstice happens around June 21, when the Sun is directly overhead the Tropic of Cancer. The December Solstice takes place around December 21. On this day, the Sun is precisely over the Tropic of Capricorn.

  3. When the Sun Seems to Stand Still

    Solstice comes from the Latin words sol, meaning Sunand sistere, meaning to come to a stop or stand still. On the day of the June Solstice, the Sun reaches its northernmost position, as seen from the Earth. At that moment, its zenith does not move north or south as during most other days of the year, but it stands still at the Tropic of Cancer. It then reverses its direction and starts moving south again.

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Summer Is Here–Camping Edition!


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It’s the first official day of SUMMER which means bbq’s, picnics, beaches, swimming pools, fireflies, fireworks, bonfire, s’mores, family, friends, etc…  For many of us, summer includes a nice getaway from the daily grind.  And as midwesterners, we’re lucky enough … Continue reading