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      Illinois officials launch winter safety campaign

      Illinois transportation and law enforcement officials are launching a winter safety campaign.

      Illinois transportation and law enforcement officials are launching a winter safety campaign.

      "Ice and Snow - Take it Slow" is being promoted by the Illinois Department of Transportation, the Illinois Tollway and the Illinois State Police. The agencies say they want to make sure that snow plows and other emergency equipment are ready for the winter season ahead.

      Last year, the department spent nearly $65 million on snow removal and spread 460,000 tons of salt on roads around the state.

      Traffic safety advocates are also using the campaign to remind drivers not to text and drive. They also want motorists to know about a law that goes into effect in January banning cellphones from being used while driving in Illinois.