Chicago: Here are this year’s suburban road construction hot spots

The Illinois Tollway is flush with cash but lacks an executive director. The Illinois Department of Transportation has an experienced engineer in charge, but its funds are drying up.

And in Springfield, a new governor is setting transportation priorities while legislators talk of a capital bill and a gas tax hike.

There are few sure bets about politics, but one thing’s definite — IDOT and the tollway are unleashing a mother lode of cement trucks and bulldozers this month as construction season kicks off even as long-term transportation priorities remain in flux.