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Information related to using Waze in the State of Illinois. For other states see the article mapping resources.

Cities and Towns

There are 1299 Cities and Towns in the state. See Illinois/Cities and towns for proper naming information.

Major Roads

See Road names/USA, Road types/USA and Illinois/Roads by type for following the Illinois Functional Classifications.(work in progress)

Places (fka Landmarks)

A set of guidelines for dealing with places in Illinois has changed as of March 26,2014. Below you find a link to the Wiki that describes on how to handle Points of Interest.

Please do not forget that a recent update to WME has enabled the Address properties for Landmarks (City, State & Country) and ensure this information is filled out & correct.

Major Construction Projects

See Illinois/Construction for a list of LONG TERM Road Closures & Changes to Traffic Flow that impact the Waze Map.

Special Roads


If alleys are mapped (e.g. Chicago area), the road type should be set as Parking Lot Road and given a name of "Alley". Other attributes (city, direction, turn restrictions) should be set as if it were any other drivable road. See Road types here.

Waze will route to the closest segment for a set of destination coordinates. This may result in the destination being in they alley. Refer to the FAQ for additional information.

Non-Drivable Roads

Due to changes in Waze routing, this entire section will need to be revised or removed in the future.

Generally, if a road can't be driven on (e.g. Walking Trail, Pedestrian Boardwalk, Stairway) then it should not be mapped in Waze. This is due to the way the routing engine works, as Waze WILL route users to drive on these "Non-Drivable" road types.

Note: There are several Railroads mapped in Illinois, these are due to users incorrectly running Waze while on the train & contributing false data to the system. This false data has been known to effect drivers on adjacent roads. These railroads are mapped in a VERY particular manner by Senior Area Managers and Country Managers to prevent Waze from routing on them.

Elevated tracks (aka El Trains) are not to be mapped at this time on Waze. Due to the tracks in the Loop either running over or under streets, mapping them will create clutter and the possibility of drivers being snapped to the wrong segment. Any questions can be answered by a senior editor or State Manager.

Time Restricted Turns

As of November,2013, we now have the ability to edit time-based turns. To edit these restrictions, please follow the Partial restrictions article.

Reversible travel roads such as the express lanes on the Kennedy Expressway in Chicago are mapped as a 2-way Freeway road with turns enabled at all entrance ramps in both directions. As of November 3,2013, the road segments have been set with the times each direction as restricted. They were set by the times found here. If you encounter problems with the express lanes, please contact a Rank 5 editor to discuss the problem.

As a method of providing feedback to other editors, it is recommended to create a small landmark of type Junction/Interchange near the intersection with details of the restriction. Since many people turn off the landmark layer unless working specifically on landmarks, creating a small railroad segment (not attached to any other segments) either with the restriction information or a note to refer to a landmark is an alternative.

  • With the ability to set the turn restrictions, this method is no longer needed. If you find any, please set the restrictions and delete the RR segment. Waze has asked that we stop using the RR segment method because they plan on making RR segments visable in the client.

We are compiling a Time Based List here to make the setting of these easier.

Speed / Red Light Cameras

Both Speed and Red Light Cameras are legal in the State of Illinois.

Speed Cameras

  • Illinois has a small number of mobile Speed Cameras that can be deployed in construction zones. Given their mobile nature, these devices should not be mapped.
  • At present, Chicago is the only municipality in the state permitted to implement Speed Cameras. Four locations in Chicago had speed cameras installed for a trial period between December 3, 2012 and January 3, 2013. No tickets were issued during this time and these cameras were removed.
  • Chicago and other municipalities are using Driver feedback signs that show your speed. These can be mobile or fixed to a pole. They do not issue citations and shouldn't be mapped as speed cameras.

Red Light Cameras

Several municipalities throughout the state have implemented Red Light Cameras. Refer to the Illinois/Reference information page for a list.

Other Camera Types

These are cameras or signs that either provide driver feedback or are used for traffic control. These devices CAN NOT issue tickets and should not be mapped.

  • Non-camera "driver feedback signs" are a radar/laser equipped sign that measures speed and displays the speed back to the driver. These can be fixed or trailer mounted with the later being much more prevalent.
  • There are also cameras mounted on traffic signals that are used as part of the signal control. These compare sequential images of the intersection approach to determine if there is a vehicle (car, truck, motorcycle, bicycle, etc) waiting and will trigger the sequence.
  • There are traditional traffic monitoring cameras covering most of the major highways in the state. These send live video to IDOT & local media and serve ONLY as a traffic monitoring system.

How to Identify Cameras.

To Do List

Want to help out with the map in Illinois? Check out the To Do List.

Mapping Utilities

Illinois/Reference information

Links to GIS maps for cities, counties and state.


USA section of Waze Forum

Illinois section of Waze Forum

Area Managers

Username Area Managed Comments Forum PM
Level 6 Country Managers
GizmoGuy411 Region 5 Great Lakes Regional Coordinator Rank 6 PM
Level 5 Area & Country Managers (Illinois Based)
Bigbear3764 Chicagoland, Lake,Cook,McHenry Co PM
ArlenBystander Chicagoland & Illinois Valley areas PM
aeroseek Northern Illinois Also Southern Wisconsin PM
Level 4 Area Managers
failsafe Cook, Lake, and DuPage Counties Also Southeastern Wisconsin up to Kenosha PM
editor area managed name PM
editor area managed name PM
Level 3 Area Managers
dmiller1984 DuPage and Kendall Co PM
hawkeygoal IDOT District 1 & Kendall, Grundy, N. Kankakee Co PM
editor area managed PM
traffic-adl Northern IL PM
ehepner1977 Central IL PM
editor area managed name PM
editor area managed name PM

If you are an Area Manager that covers the State of Illinois, or a USA Country Manager that does a lot of work in Illinois, please add yourself to this list (alphabetical by username).