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This page serves as the primary resource for editors of Illinois. Review all the sections to better understand how the guidelines for this state might deviate from the overall USA or worldwide guidelines. If you have any comments or questions about this page or state refer to the community links below.

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Illinois is a part of the Great Lakes region, which includes the states and/or territories of:

Illinois / Indiana / Michigan / Ohio / Wisconsin.

Thank you for your interest in editing Waze maps in the State of Illinois. Please note Illinois follows the US national guidance with a few exceptions. Be sure to click on and read every link from this page for in-depth tips, guidance and advice.

All editors should have a real username, not a usa_username and are required to have their private messaging turned on.

Refer to the Glossary for common Waze related terms.

Tip: Editors are strongly encouraged to download & install the Waze Validator Plugin. This tool will identify map errors and offers guidance on how to fix them. Use this to identify issues in areas you are working on but make sure not to be distracted by errors that do not pertain to you.

Mapping resources


Before editing the maps in Illinois, be sure to fully review and understand the editing manual.

The Waze user community follows the Waze etiquette guidelines discussed in the Wiki. Be sure to familiarize yourself with these guiding principals while editing the maps and this Wiki, as well as when communicating with other Waze users.



The Waze forum is a great place to find answers to previously asked questions and also a place to ask new ones. Below are links to the forums specific to Illinois.

Area Managers for Illinois can be found in the table below.

New editors should consider checking into the formal mentoring program available at no charge.

Cities and towns


One of the most common errors when editing the maps is when an editor creates a road and does not confirm the road by setting the city and road name (or stating it has none).

Duplicate cities can be caused by incorrectly named segments and should be corrected following the guidelines in the duplicate cities article.

Some states and territories manage a separate page on cities and towns to identify the specific city names that should be entered, and no others. For states that do not have a separate page to track the names, see this Wikipedia link and find the state or territory in question.

Major roads

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Illinois follows the general road naming and road type guidelines of the USA.

See Illinois/Major roads for guidance in Illinois that may not be universal to all other states and territories.

Special roads

Drivable roads

Illinois follows the standard USA guidelines for all of the following special road types.

Non-drivable roads

Review the Wiki guidelines for non-drivable roads to ensure compliance with the general guidelines.

Guidelines that vary by state or territory

The following special roads are managed slightly uniquely in some states and territories. This state uses the following standard guidelines found in the Wiki.


When managing a section of roadway under construction or being closed for a major event, follow the Wiki guidelines on construction zones and Real time closures.

Road Construction


Illinois follows the USA standard for Places. Do not deviate from the guidelines without first obtaining consensus to do so via the state forum linked on this page.

See Illinois/Places for guidance in Illinois that may not be universal to all other states and territories.


Not every camera-looking device at an intersection is a speed or red light camera. Generally speaking:

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    a speed camera takes a photograph of a vehicle when it passes by the camera at too high a speed.
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    a red light camera takes a photograph of a vehicle that enters an intersection after the light is red. In some areas, it takes the photograph when a vehicle is not clear of the intersection some period after the light turns red.

Be sure to know your cameras before accepting new camera reports.

Currently only the Waze client app can add cameras to the map. When adding a camera from the app, be sure to review the camera placement recommendations.

Laws regarding speed and red light cameras vary between the states and territories, so be sure to understand the details of camera legality in Illinois.

Based on information researched at the time this page was created, the limited legality of speed cameras in Illinois is described below, and red light cameras are legal statewide in Illinois.

No other camera types should be mapped in Waze.

  • Mobile speed cameras may be in use in construction zones statewide; these cameras should not be mapped.
  • Municipalities with a population of 1,000,000 or more may use speed cameras in safety zones (one-eighth mile from school or park). The City of Chicago is currently the only Illinois community to qualify for speed camera placement.

To do list

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Many states and territories keep an active list of pending or closed actions that need to be done in the state by the editors. All editors are welcome to contribute to the list of activities.

Want to help out with the map in Illinois? Check out the To Do list for the state.

Area Managers

The table below identifies the editors also designated as Area Managers or higher who are editing in Illinois. If you have any questions, please consider contacting them directly as needed. If you are an Area Manager that covers Illinois, or a USA Country Manager that does a lot of work in Illinois, please add yourself to this list (alphabetical by username) in the correct rank section.

The editor who also serves as the Regional Coordinator for Illinois is automatically listed at the top of the table. That editor may not be highly active in this state and therefore may not be listed separately in the table.

Illinois — Area, State and Country Managers
Regional Coordinator(s): GizmoGuy411 (PM) and SkiDooGuy (PM)
  GHO Display Name
Area Managed Comments
Country Managers (Great Lakes region)
(Add to or edit Country and State sections of table)
ArlenBystander(5) [PM] Countrywide Badge CountryManager.pngBadge Mentor.png
Lifelong resident of Illinois
State Managers (Great Lakes region)
Bigbear3764(5) [PM]
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Illinois State Manager
Area Managers
(Add to or edit this section)
jdeyoung(6) [PM] Northeastern Illinois, SW Wisconsin, Indiana State Manager, SW lower Michigan Badge AreaManager.png
aeroseek(5) [PM] Northern Illinois & Southern Wisconsin Badge AreaManager.png
failsafe(4) [PM] Chicago Metro Area, Kenosha, and Saint Louis
dmiller1984(3) [PM] DuPage and Kendal Counties
ehepner1977(3) [PM] Central IL
hawkeygoal(3) [PM] Greater Chicago Metro Area
traffic-adl(3) [PM] Northern IL

Other states and territories

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The other states and territories of the USA can be found in the navigation box below. Press the "show" button to open the box.

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