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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New Illinois License Plate

Photo courtesy of Illinois Secretary of State’s Office.

November 15, 2016

Secretary of State Jesse White made a HUGE announcement today that will affect Illinois drivers, beginning next year.  The Illinois Secretary of Sate’s office announced that Illinois license plates are getting a makeover beginning January 2017.  In a press release today, Tuesday, Jesse White stated:

The purpose of the program is to ensure – now and in the future – that older license plates on Illinois roads are replaced. License plates’ reflectivity diminishes with age, which impacts law enforcement’s ability to quickly and accurately identify license plate numbers…This [program] will ensure that plates are appropriately replaced with the ultimate goal being no license plate on the road will be more than 10- years-old.

Under the program, the oldest license plates will be replaced first. In 2017, passenger plates that were manufactured in 2000 and 2001 will be replaced. In 2018, passenger plates that were manufactured in 2002 and 2003 will be replaced. Each year the office will continue to replace older license plates with the newly issued plate.

What does this mean for you?

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Veteran Driver’s License Distinction

Have you served your country and are a resident of Illinois? Governor Bruce Rauner recently signed into legislation a bill to give veterans distinction for their service on their driver’s license. 

Nothing will ever be “enough” when it comes to our recognition and gratitude for the sacrifice of service members, but small steps towards greater recognition is better than nothing. 

For the full story, click here

Don’t forget our ongoing efforts to raise money for the USO of Illinois! Stop by Saturday, July 16 for our BBQ for the Troops!  

Flying Spaghetti Monster

Chicago Tribune. {Handout}

Chicago Tribune. {Handout}

An Illinois woman named Rachel Hoover is fighting for her right to wear a pasta strainer on her head in her driver’s license picture.  Hoover, a member of the Pastafarian social movement, has been told by the Illinois Secretary of State that her license photo will be invalid by July 29 should she refuse to retake the photo.  The Secretary of State’s office continued, claiming Hoover’s local DMV facility shouldn’t have allowed her to take the photo with the strainer on her head in the first place.

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Illinois Driver’s License Design Change

Photo Credit: Illinois Secretary of State

Photo Credit: Illinois Secretary of State

For months, we’ve heard stories about Illinois driver’s licenses no longer complying with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s fraud and identity standards.  As a result, Illinois is overhauling designs for both the ID and the driver’s license, in addition to the process by which they develop and distribute them.

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Illinois Vehicle Renewal Reminders


Illinois can’t hammer out a budget.  As a result, the Illinois Secretary of State’s office can’t afford stamps right now.  Per WGN:

 The Illinois Secretary of State’s office has suspended mailing out notices that your vehicle registration is expiring.

The move is blamed on the state’s budget impasse.

A spokesperson said it will save the state $450,000 a month.

Hundreds of thousands of Illinois license plates expired at midnight Dec. 1 – but many vehicle owners likely did not receive a notice in the mail.

E-mail notices are not affected.

Drivers can check when their registration expires on the secretary of state’s website at:

New stickers can be ordered online or at any state driver’s license facility.

An Open Letter: Why Sunday Is Important

I’ve been lucky enough to grow up in the car business.  I took some of my first steps on Oak Lawn Toyota’s showroom floor, I answered phones at the wise age of six, I spent my Saturdays prank calling members of the sales team after finishing my afternoon nap, I finished homework in my dad’s office and then was treated to Premo’s soft-serve ice cream on the way home.  Oak Lawn Toyota was my playground and now it’s my place of employment.

My father, Ronnie Colosimo, has been in the automotive business for almost 45 years. When he first started, I don’t think he envisioned the family business that he’s built today.  My sister, Elizabeth, is the voice of Oak Lawn Toyota (as I’m sure you’ve heard her encouraging you to visit OLT on the radio); my sister Victoria is our eCommerce director; and my sister Diana is our Inventory Manager.  And now that my dad has four (almost five) grandchildren, there’s some form of chaos on the showroom floor, courtesy of the Colosimo family, at least once a week.

Beyond our immediate family, Oak Lawn Toyota is crowded with team members who’ve been here since the first day we opened our doors.  Ask anyone in our Service, Parts, and/or Sales Department(s) and I’m sure they will verify the long-lasting friendships that were established within the OLT confines.  We ARE a family business.  We pride ourselves on this fact.

Everyone at Oak Lawn Toyota works incredibly hard, long hours to make sure we can keep our doors open to the public and continue serving the Chicagoland area by selling the BEST brand on the market.  Many individuals have to work 9am-9pm throughout the week or 7am-5pm or 11am-9pm.  Whichever shift it is and whichever department it is, the fact remains that our staff inevitably misses significant family events over the course of a year.  There’s the volleyball game someone misses because they don’t get off work until after 9pm, or the anniversary dinner that’s moved to Saturday night because Monday is their long 9-9 shift, or the family vacation that is pushed off to a different week because of a “busy season” at work, etc.

Anyone working in the car business has had to give up something along the way–it’s the nature of the beast.  And yet, no one complains.  Everyone sweats it out and works their hardest for themselves, their families, and for the dealership.  At the end of the day, we all put in the work because there’s nothing better than a baseball game on Sunday with the family or the smell of bacon and a leisurely brunch Sunday morning…these are the beautiful moments we work hard for all week.  Sunday is the day for self and for family. And that’s the law–Illinois car dealers are, by law, supposed to keep their business closed on Sundays.

However, every few years, there’s a politician hoping to make a point–that business trumps self and/or family.  Right now, there’s a proposed bill before the Illinois legislature that will force Oak Lawn Toyota and every other dealership in Illinois to open up our doors.  It asks that we skip Sunday family lunch; to forget about the birthday dinner we’ve put off all week in hopes for a party on Sunday; to forgo taking a daughter to college; to work 7 days a week without respite.

Everyone deserves a break from work–to unplug and be free from pandemonium.  If we’re asked to open our doors on a Sunday and decide not to do so, new customers will find another dealer to purchase from and it will be hard to keep our doors open the other six days (because we are a small family business).  If we’re asked to open our doors on a Sunday and decide TO DO so, we have to pull staff away from family, friends, and personal lives.

This law cannot go into effect.

We urge you to click HERE and to sign the petition asking your Illinois lawmaker to keep this legislation from going into law.  We truly appreciate your support and we thank you for being a valued member of the Oak Lawn Toyota family.

Holiday Giving


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Buying a Christmas present for a boss is never easy.  You could go with the “box of crap” gag gift or the Michael Scott “World’s Best Boss” route (which Michael actually bought for himself but hey, someone could buy that for their … Continue reading