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:
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.
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.
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.
- Functional Classification Maps by County (PDF)
- Functional Classification for entire State (Interactive)
- General Highway Maps for cities and counties from IDOT
- Illinois Virtual Tollway
- USGS National Map Viewer (sometimes quite out of date)
- 2011 Boundary and Annexation Survey Maps from US Census Bureau
- Google Map Tools (useful for drawing arbitrary polygons to use in AM requests)
City of Chicago
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.
- Illinois section of Waze forum
- The Great Lakes region forum
- The USA section of Waze Forum
- The USA segment unlock requests
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).
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.
See Illinois/Major roads for guidance in Illinois that may not be universal to all other states and territories.
Illinois follows the standard USA guidelines for all of the following special road types.
- Divided highways and roadways
- Carpool, HOV, Transit lanes
- Roundabouts and traffic circles
- Dirt roads
- Toll roads
- Partial and scheduled restrictions
- Private installations and military bases
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.
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:
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
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.
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 ( ) and SkiDooGuy ( )
GHO Display Name
| Country Managers (Great Lakes region)|
|ArlenBystander(5) [ ]||Countrywide|| |
Lifelong resident of Illinois
|State Managers (Great Lakes region)|
| Bigbear3764(5) [ ]
Illinois State Manager
| Area Managers |
|jdeyoung(6) [ ]||Northeastern Illinois, SW Wisconsin, Indiana State Manager, SW lower Michigan|| |
|aeroseek(5) [ ]||Northern Illinois & Southern Wisconsin|| |
|failsafe(4) [ ]||Chicago Metro Area, Kenosha, and Saint Louis|
|dmiller1984(3) [ ]||DuPage and Kendal Counties|
|ehepner1977(3) [ ]||Central IL|
|hawkeygoal(3) [ ]||Greater Chicago Metro Area|
|traffic-adl(3) [ ]||Northern IL|
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