Todd Dills

At — and out of — risk in Illinois

Could an abundance of risk be a good thing? If IL state lawmakers and the guv don't reach a budget deal today, $2 billion worth of construction projects could halt. But if the state can't pay for the construction, who's to say whether it'll pay to remove all the barrels ...

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Demand indicators for vans, reefers, flats up in the last week

An increase in the load-to-truck ratios for vans and reefers particularly indicates that rates on average could rise this week as the second quarter ends and a holiday weekend begins.

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Oversize hauler donates to breast-cancer effort

Quebec-based Express Mondor's third annual benefit for the Quebec Breast Cancer Foundation brought in $28,000 -- over the last three years, the specialized hauler has donated more than $80,000 to the Foundation.

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Downtown Chicago on the Dan Ryan: Bad place for a motorbike breakdown

Enter self-described "Johnny Be Good," or the Youtube nom de plume of a fashion behind the JBG Travels channel. Mr. Be Good captured this recent moment on his dashcam, giving new meaning to the "good samaritan" term.

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Update: Top 10 toughest states for hours of service violations

Since Overdrive’s CSA’s Data Trail series began with analysis of the 2011-12 period in 2013, when there were just three states above the 20 percent mark for hours violations, there have never been as many states above that mark than today. For this year, Arkansas, Wyoming top the list.

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POLL: Ever leased a truck?

Though the routes to equipment procurement for most readers has traditionally been cash, financing or lease-purchase, the rising cost of new equipment and questions about reliability lead many to believe more interest in full-service leasing could emerge. What's been your experience with leasing?

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A poem for a truck-driving father, from a son

"What I Mean When I Say Truck Driver," by writer Geffrey Davis, is one any father or son will be able to appreciate.

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Better rates: Employee drivers need fair-labor protection, reader argues

A prescription for improved rates long-term -- a reader argues for federal wage protection for company drivers.

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Stay on top of your driving data

Audio and more from attorney Rob Moseley: Failure to manage data routinely could lead to situations not at all uncommon that put the trucker at a distinct disadvantage when accused of fault after a crash.

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Post-crash litigation: Cameras and ELD evidence

Much of the monitoring equipment that many larger carriers are investing in -- from cameras to ELDs -- also gives them a critical edge in legal disputes.

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