Illinois

Navistar opens new Midwest parts distribution center

Navistar has opened its new Midwest Parts Distribution Center in Joliet, Ill., which stocks more than 85,000 parts for International and IC Bus vehicles, MaxxForce diesel engines and all makes of trucks. At 860,000 square-feet., it is the largest of 13 Navistar PDCs. Navistar celebrated the new center at a grand opening event on June 11. More than 250 community leaders, International and IC Bus dealers and Navistar employees attended.

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Mason City hosts truck show benefit for St. Jude Saturday

Mason City, Ill., is hosting the Convoy for Kids Truck Show on Saturday, June 16, as a benefit for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The event will be held at the city's Memorial Park. It starts at 11 a.m. and will continue throughout the day indefinitely. Each vote for your favorite truck will cost a penny, and all proceeds go to St. Jude’s Hospital. In case of rain, the truck ...

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Colin Stuart’s ‘Working Class,’ shown in Knoxville this weekend

Just as I was wrapping up my time at the Southeastern Regional Truck Show this past Saturday, April 14, what would pull into the lot at Knoxville, Tenn.'s Chilhowee Park on East Magnolia but this stupendous custom 1984 Peterbilt 359, the usually heavy-hauling (he had on a load of pallets Saturday) Working Class of Harvard, Ill.-based Colin Stuart. Stuart was on hand with trucking troubadour Leland Martin, who performed Saturday afternoon and whose latest record is ...

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Truck Centers Inc.’s Christmas food drive a success

Freightliner/Western Star dealer network Truck Centers Inc. recently hosted a first-ever food drive for the St. Louis area’s largest food suppliers for shelters and food banks, Operation Food Search (OFS). The company’s Troy, Ill., headquarters kicked off a one-month can drive for OFS, also a TCI customer since the recent economic downturn has resulted in a 20 percent increase in the demand for the organization’s services, especially during this holiday season. In one short month, the ...

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R&L driver Sam Spradlin runs for Congress in Illinois

Sam Spradlin (pictured), driver on a pickup-and-delivery route for R&L Carriers, is taking some time off this month, but it's no vacation. He's gathering signatures needed to file to include himself on the ballot in the Republican primary for his home state's newly redistricted 13th congressional district. He'll be challenging 15th-district incumbent Republican Tim Johnson, who's been in that seat since the beginning of this decade. "Most people think it’s time for him to go," says Spradlin, "but ...

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Mississippi River flooding closes roads

Major to record regional flooding is still expected for two to three more weeks.

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Truck Centers Inc.: ‘We have a winner’

Remember the "12 Days of Truck Centers Christmas" sweepstakes I posted on back in late November? Well folks, we have a winner, the Illinois-headquartered dealer network reports. Or "winners," I should say, as the grand prize winner was chosen from a month's worth of daily giveaways to drivers from 12 different states stopping into any of seven Truck Centers Inc. Daimler Trucks stores, receiving daily prizes. The grand prize winner received a prize pack valued ...

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Sweepstakes: Twelve days of Truck Centers Christmas

Headed through Illinois or Missouri over the next couple weeks? Here's some fun news to start the Thanksgiving holiday week about Truck Centers Inc.'s "Twelve Days of Christmas" sweepstakes promotion. Stop by any of their locations -- in St. Louis and St. Peters in Missouri and Troy, Morton, Springfield, Mt. Vernon and Decatur in Illinois -- to register free by Dec. 7: Illinois-based Truck Centers Inc. (TCI) unveiled a unique holiday promotion today designed to ...

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Peterbilt dealership opens near Chicago O’Hare Airport

A Peterbilt dealership opened in Bensenville, Ill, the truck maker announced.

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Fillmore, Ill., trucker carves wooden truck models with lifelike detail

Profiled in the Dectaur, Ill.-based Herald-Review, Jeff Miller is a truck driver who wields a wood-carving knife with considerable skill, building wooden models of classic truck-tractors.

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