Truck traffic on Illinois' tollways rose by more than 6% at the start of the year, and experts say that could be good news for the economy. That's because demand for freight transportation services goes up when demand for manufactured goods increases. DePaul University transportation professor Joseph Schwieterman says he's seeing consumer spending move up consistently, and he says railroad and truck traffic has been robust. More than 21 million trucks passed through Illinois toll booths between January 1st and March 30th, compared with about 20 million the year before.
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