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Illinois group raises awareness of illegal school bus passing
July 7, 2015
A school bus driver, district transportation department director and local businesses partnered to form Students Take Our Priority (STOP), which aims to make motorists aware of the school bus stop arm and crossing arm.
Illinois, New York districts select SafeStop app
June 18, 2015
The app will provide parents real-time information on the location of their child's bus and estimated arrival times as well as information on school closures, delayed openings or important events.
Kickert School Bus Hits 100-Year Milestone
June 12, 2015

Throughout its history, the Illinois-based contractor has been at the forefront of using alternative fuels for its vehicles — beginning with a horse and wagon powered by oats and hay.

First Student gains new Illinois contract
June 8, 2015
The contractor will continue to provide school transportation for McLean County Unit District No. 5 for the next three years.
Assistant transportation director earns NAPT certification
June 2, 2015
Penny Fleming of the Transportation Joint Agreement in Crystal Lake, Illinois, becomes one of 152 certified directors of pupil transportation in the U.S. and Canada.
Illinois School Bus switches to Diga-Talk 2-way radios
April 29, 2015
To date, 191 of the contractor’s school buses are using Diga-Talk, a two-way radio network solely powered by digital technology.
Bill targets school bus stops near sex offenders
March 23, 2015
The legislation would require Illinois school districts to notify parents of any school bus stops within 500 feet of a sex offender’s residence.
Illinois association to hold annual conference in June
March 5, 2015
The Illinois Association for Pupil Transportation will hold its 32nd annual conference, technician competition and school bus safety roadeo from June 16 to 18 in Peoria.
First Student expands operations in Illinois
June 25, 2014
The contractor will provide transportation for eight additional school districts for the upcoming school year, and expects to add approximately 200 new positions.
First Student helps collect 12,300 items for food pantries
May 19, 2014
The school bus contractor’s Belleville, Ill., terminal partners with two local school districts and the Greater Belleville Chamber of Commerce to collect 12,300 items of non-perishable food for the seventh annual “Drive Away Hunger” campaign. The items are donated to four food pantries in the area.
Illinois bill would increase walking distance to 2 miles
April 16, 2014
School boards would be required to provide free transportation for students who live 2 miles or more from their assigned school, up from one and a half miles, under House Bill 5967. In a letter to a local newspaper, Illinois School Transportation Association President Patrick Johnson writes that the legislation would put “thousands of school children at risk, increase traffic congestion and harm the environment.”
Navistar expects $22M annual savings in engine production move
February 21, 2014
The IC Bus parent company will move mid-range engine production at its Huntsville, Ala., plant to Melrose Park, Ill. Chief Operating Officer Jack Allen says that Navistar has “too much excess engine manufacturing capacity in North America, and we must take action to reduce our costs and improve the business.”
Illinois state director Cinda Meneghetti to retire
February 10, 2014
Meneghetti, who has served as the state's director of pupil transportation for nearly 10 years, will step down at the end of February. Here, she reflects on her work with Illinois' instructors — who teach about 28,000 drivers annually — her efforts to educate legislators and the public about school bus issues, and the "caring and passionate people" she has worked with in the industry.
2 Illinois directors earn special-needs endorsement
November 27, 2013
Sharon Pierluissi of Lakeside Transportation/Cook-Illinois Corp. and Barbara Rizzo of Peotone Community School District 207-U are the latest to complete NAPT's Special Needs Transportation Training program.
Cook-Illinois buys 20 Blue Bird propane buses
August 28, 2013
The new Propane-Powered Vision school buses will transport students in Berkeley (Ill.) School District 87. Cook-Illinois reportedly utilized the school bus industry’s first adaptation of propane technology back in the early 1980s.
Sunrise Transportation adds 25 propane Blue Birds to fleet
July 3, 2013
The purchase of the Propane-Powered Vision school buses will enable the contractor to offer the students and community of Chicago environmentally friendly transportation while delivering operational savings, officials say.
Illinois bus driver logs 46 years behind the wheel
May 16, 2013
Joyce Bernard applied for and accepted a position at Serena Community Unit District #2 in 1967, craving a job that allowed her to spend a lot of time with her children. Now in her 70s, she tells SBF that the thing she loves most about her job is the students she transports, and she has no immediate plans to retire.
Auto yard owner indicted for bus thefts, scrapping
May 6, 2013
Sergio Quintero pleads not guilty to a 58-count indictment charging him with aggravated possession of a stolen motor vehicle, theft, criminal damage to property and illegal possession of auto titles. According to prosecutors in the case, investigators uncovered text messages from Quintero’s cell phone “where the timing and content correspond to the theft of the school buses.”
Durham partners with first responders for safety training
May 6, 2013
The school bus contractor works with first responders in Illinois for a training drill on evacuating school buses. The first responders explored five styles of school buses and could see how each emergency exit worked, including the different door options and roof hatches. In other news, Durham's parent company, National Express Corp., is awarded a safety management system certificate for the provision of student transportation services within North America.
Buses evacuated after student finds fake grenade
April 25, 2013
In the ongoing investigation, police say that after the student found the object on the bus, it was reportedly given to the bus driver, who evacuated the bus and notified officials. A bomb squad determines that it did not pose a threat, but students were also removed from other buses at a high school and taken into the school.
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