Trucking Companies and CDL Information in Illinois

Illinois CDL Truck Driver Salary Information

The name Illinois comes from a Native American word meaning “tribe of superior men.” If you include women, that meaning could describe the trucking industry in Illinois. Chicago is the largest city in the state by far (2.7 million) and pays some high salaries.

The average truck driver salary in Illinois is $46,970 and the mean salary is $45,470 while the mean for the U.S. is $41,340. Mean salaries (50% are higher, 50% are lower) broken down by cities are as follows (SOURCE):

  • Chicago $48,360
  • Rockford $46,610
  • Danville $45,750
  • Champaign $45,490
  • Springfield $40,100
  • Decatur $36,700

Illinois is bordered by six states: Wisconsin, Indiana, Michigan, Iowa, Kentucky, and Missouri. If driving interstate, these places have lots to see and do. Projected growth for trucking jobs in Illinois from 2014 to 2024 is 8%. For the U.S. as a whole the percentage is 6% according to that same source as above.

Tips To Start Your Own Trucking Company In Illinois

If you’re just starting out in your career, starting your own company is not an advisable first step. However, if you have plenty of experience working as an owner-operator then maybe you’re ready for the next step. You know the industry, you see a need in your area, and you know you can give customers top-notch service. So how do you get started building your own small trucking company?

Pay Off Your Equipment
Pay off as much as you can. Ideally, you don’t want to start a company when you still owe on your truck. You will need to buy trucks and hire drivers, that’s a big enough expense right there. The less debt you have, the more prepared you’ll be for repair costs and unexpected expenses that can add up fast.

Put Away Savings
There are always going to be unexpected expenses – you can count on it. In the beginning owning a truck company will be difficult. Business ebbs and flows, and that means the money will, too. You may be without a consistent paycheck for a while. Even if you have regular customers, you’ll get your money from them on a 45-day pay cycle yet need to pay your drivers on a 14-day cycle.

If something happens to a truck, you have to pay to get it repaired quickly; otherwise you are losing money. Don’t forget insurance! For small companies, insurance can be costly. Before starting your company know that money will be a challenge and save, save, and save some more. Having a hefty savings account will mean less stress and an easier adjustment to life as a business owner.

Create a Financial Plan
Spend time creating a budget and a financial plan, and then stick to it.
Include expenses such as: employee payroll, truck payments, repairs and maintenance, business taxes, insurance, and anything else you can think of.

Don’t Underprice Yourself
Just because your rates are cheaper than other carriers does not mean you will automatically get more customers. You might even find that setting prices too low can drive away large companies and any customers you do get with your low rates may abandon you once you try to raise your rates.

You can avoid this situation by conducting market research to find out what other companies are charging and set fair rates that allow you to reinvest in your company. As with any major life change, starting your own trucking company is a challenge, but with enough thought, research, and hard work you can do it.

Illinois CDL License Information

To operate a CMV intrastate (within the state of IL) you must be at least 18 years of age to apply for a Commercial Learner’s Permit (CLP) or a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL). If you want to work in interstate commerce or transport passengers you have to be 21.

  • To obtain a CLP, you need to show a valid Illinois CDL or non-CDL license.
  • To obtain a CLP or transfer a CDL from another state you need to show Proof of Legal Presence documentation.
  • You must self-certify your intrastate or interstate medical driving status. If you are declaring as a non-excepted interstate (NI) driver provide an acceptable medical certificate.
  • Pay the appropriate fee for a CLP or to transfer an out-of-state CDL.
  • Pass the General Knowledge written test, the Combination Knowledge written test (Class A), the Air Brake Knowledge written test (if you’ll be driving a vehicle with air brakes) and any applicable Endorsement Knowledge written test(s) required to operate the desired vehicle. Tanker (N), Passenger (P) and School Bus (S) are the only endorsements permitted on the CLP.
  • Vision screening and the basic car written test are also required for out of state CDL transfers.

After all required/desired written tests have been completed, you’ll receive a temporary CLP. After the necessary research has been conducted to ensure your identity, you’ll receive the permanent CLP within 15 business days via U.S. mail.

You must pass the skills/drive testing in a properly classified, representative vehicle, based on the desired vehicle class, restrictions, and endorsements (SOURCE).

Illinois Trucking in the News

In April of 2017, the event called Trucks, Traffic & Teens took place in Decatur. More than 700 driver’s education students from local high schools attended the 3-day event. There is no charge to the schools or students for attending. Local sponsors took care of the cost:

  • ADM
  • Busey
  • Coziahr Harley Davidson
  • Decatur Memorial Hospital
  • HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital
  • Macon County Farm Bureau
  • Marvin Keller
  • McLeod Express
  • Meritor
  • Miles Chevrolet
  • Pepsi
  • Pilot Flying J
  • Quality Trailer Sales
  • Skeff Distributing
  • Tommy House Tire Co
  • Truck Centers Inc.

The goal of the program is to include commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) in the discussion when teaching high school students to drive. Every student that came through the program sat in the driver’s seat of a semi tractor with a 53-foot trailer attached.

Along the sides of the tractor-trailer were several cars and motorcycles, but students couldn’t see most of them once they were in the truck. This gave a real life example to the students about the importance of not driving in a truck’s blind spots and the potential dangers of doing so. There is a planned event for Joliet later in the year. In 2016, 500 students participated in the program. For 2017 that number will double (SOURCE).

Listed in
(618) 673-2470

1455 CO RD 2300 N, 62878
Interstate
1845854

Listed in
(773) 600-4251

128 WILLOWS EDGE CT, 60480
Interstate
2725253

1 IPPON INC

Listed in
(708) 970-8570

5151 N HARLEM AVE, 60656
Interstate
1271364

1 MLM TRUCKING INC

Listed in
(773) 424-3348

7213 S FRANCISCO AVE, 60629
Interstate
1271191

1 OAK ENTERPRISES

Listed in
(708) 926-9247

13809 S CLAIRE BLVD, 60472
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2035461

1 RABBIT CORP

Listed in
(708) 906-5742

5416 S CENTER AVE, 60501
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2480066

1 WHITE 1 BLACK GLOVE TRANSPORT INC

Listed in
(630) 457-0436

204 GREGORY STREET - APT A, 60504-2100
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2631752

1-800 DUMPSTER

Listed in
(708) 758-5623

201 STATE ST, 60411
Interstate
1223170

1-WAY TRANSPORT INC

Listed in
(815) 573-2945

140 RAILROAD ST, 60917
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2572354

10 PLUS COMPLETE AUTO REPAIR INC

Listed in
(708) 699-1469

17845 CHAPPEL AVE, 60438
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2377720

106 HAULING INC

Listed in
(815) 482-9969

4106 MCCULLOM LAKE RD, 60050
Interstate
2496884

10SIXTY TELECOM SOLUTIONS LLC

Listed in
(312) 285-9018

159 N MARION STREET SUITE 303, 60301
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2501325

111ROBERT L HORN

Listed in
(815) 494-2988

14991 BIG MOUND RD, 61020
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2184077

11K TRANSPORT INC

Listed in
(773) 719-4858

10327 KIPLING ST, 60154
Interstate
2478571

1776 SHIPPING AND LOGISTICS

Listed in
(630) 329-9968

270 OAKWOOD DR, 60191
Interstate
2531071

18 WHEELER DIESEL SERVICE

Listed in
(708) 780-6320

5144 W 26 TH ST, 60804
Interstate
2049615

18 WHEELER TRANSPORTATION INC

Listed in
(847) 603-1195

400 W LAKE ST SUITE 220, 60172
Interstate
1731120

18 WHEELER TRUCKING INC

Listed in
(708) 298-8178

163 PINE LANE, 60191
Interstate
2009671

1953

Listed in
(815) 625-8162

58 KILGORE RD, 61081
Interstate
150375

1970

Listed in
(815) 657-8241

321 W KRACK, 61741
Interstate
2065319

1972

Listed in
(872) 806-2226

3001 W SHERWIN AVE, 60645
Interstate
1142953

1978

Listed in
(815) 549-2776

17392E7000SRD, 60958
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2547028

1981

Listed in
(773) 543-5283

337 LUCILLE LN, 60193
Interstate
2269662

1C2B TRANSPORT LLC

Listed in
(618) 521-3254

511 HWY 14, 62819
Interstate
2598643

1ST CHOICE EXPRESS INC

Listed in
(630) 290-3399

43 E PINE ST, 60172
Interstate
2597110

1ST CHOICE O’HARE AIRPORT PARKING

Listed in
(800) 942-7275

10501 DELTA PARKWAY, 60176
Interstate
2502797

1ST GENERATION ENTERPRISES LLC

Listed in
(708) 891-8627

404 PRICE AVENUE, 60409
Interstate
2480831

1ST LEADING CARGO

Listed in
(630) 694-0360

1561 W NORMANTOWN ROAD, 60446
Interstate
1435401

2 & 92 TRUCK PARTS INC

Listed in
(309) 792-9211

611 158TH STREET, 61244
Interstate
1102511

2 & 92 TRUCK PARTS INC

Listed in
(309) 792-9211

611 158TH STREET, 61244
Interstate
1102511

2 CREEKS TRUCKING LLC

Listed in
(217) 644-2287

RR 1 BOX 359, 61957
Interstate
1225682

2 WAY AUTO TRANSPORT INC

Listed in
(708) 298-4496

112 CARRIAGE WAY DR UNIT 204 A, 60527
Interstate
1887113

200011937

Listed in
(815) 281-1086

6511 S PLEASANT HILL RD, 61028
Interstate
1682144

2005 TRUCKING INC

Listed in
(773) 356-7836

929 W ADAMS, 60607
Interstate
1331866

202 TRANS INC

Listed in
(847) 910-5936

804 BOXWOOD LANE, 60089
Interstate
1812423

21 TWENTY TRANSPORT INC

Listed in
(312) 546-4746

20176 LAPORTE MEADOWS COURT, 60423
Interstate
2330105

21 TWENTY TRANSPORT INC

Listed in
(312) 546-4746

20176 LAPORTE MEADOWS COURT, 60423
Interstate
2330105

220 TRANSPORT CO

Listed in
(847) 909-5068

146 DURANGO DR, 60136
Interstate
2516365

24 7 SPRINT LOGISTICS INC

Listed in
(773) 875-5421

3407 N HARLEM AVE, 60634
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2554215

24 EXPRESS LLC

Listed in
(847) 322-2384

124 NORMAN CT, 60193
Interstate
2275778

24-7 EXPEDITE INC

Listed in
(773) 575-1712

1741 AUTUMN WIND LN, 60504
Interstate
2210340

24-7 SPRINT CO

Listed in
(773) 490-4905

5639 N OSAGE AVE, 60631
Interstate
2135039

24-7 TRUCKING

Listed in
(815) 509-0662

1001 S MAIN ST, 61008
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1430954

24-HR TRANSPORTATION INC

Listed in
(312) 213-9997

580 GEORGE ST, 60191
Interstate
2549342

247 EXPS INC

Listed in
(708) 415-2563

7208 W 90TH PLACE, 60455
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2477358

247 JAK INC

Listed in
(815) 603-3067

2700 BLACK RD, 60435
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2567472

247 TRANSPORTATION INC

Listed in
313 VILLAGE, 60527
Interstate
1315168

24CHARLES GOFF

Listed in
(309) 334-2222

2539 E 1080 ST, 61490
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2119257

24CHARLES GOFF

Listed in
(309) 334-2222

2539 E 1080 ST, 61490
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2119257

250 TRANSPORT INC

Listed in
(202) 521-1493

1615 S 47TH CT, 60804
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2637171

2BE LOGISTICS INCORPORATED

Listed in
(773) 319-9067

4221 W MELROSE ST, 60641
Interstate
2382571

2FAST TRANSPORTATION INC

Listed in
(773) 318-3493

5456 W PARKER AVE, 60639
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2353060

2FAST TRANSPORTATION INC

Listed in
(773) 318-3493

5456 W PARKER AVE, 60639
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2353060

2K TRANSPORTATION INC

Listed in
(630) 855-3407

280 BRAGG ST, 60103
Interstate
2372372

2ND CHANCE TRANSPORT INC

Listed in
(773) 619-9322

15647 S GREENWOOD, 60419
Interstate
2286039

2ND CINE

Listed in
(773) 455-5808

637 FRAZIER AVE, 60123
Interstate
1875102

2ND CREEK CO

Listed in
(618) 483-5670

10395 N 600TH ST, 62411
Interstate
1631008

2V TRUCKING

Listed in
(630) 930-8664

7212 WEBSTER STREET, 60516
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2053624

2XH TRANSPORT INC

Listed in
(917) 688-6263

926 GREGORY M SEARS DR, 60136
Interstate
1994314

3 – D LEASING INC

Listed in
(217) 285-2808

1501 KAMAR DRIVE, 62363
Interstate
1154100

3 & 1 TRANSPORTATION INC

Listed in
(312) 860-1602

5130 S WHIPPLE STREET, 60632-2116
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2555537

3 BOYS CORPORATION

Listed in
(312) 226-0932

2323 W FULTON, 60612
Interstate
1066185

3 BROTHERS EXPRESS INC

Listed in
(773) 807-2333

347 BLACKHAWK DR, 60188
Interstate
2476168

3 BROTHERS LOGISTICS INC

Listed in
(708) 670-0559

1636 S 50TH AVE, 60804
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2280948

3 D & E TRUCKING INC

Listed in
(618) 867-3060

351 CANDLEWOOD DR, 62924
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1608914

3 DIAMONDS TRANSPORT INC

Listed in
(815) 981-5236

2615 CANYON DR, 60586
Interstate
2724650

3 G BROTHERS CORP

Listed in
(773) 294-3931

6559 W GEORGE ST UNIT 412, 60634
Interstate
2066292

3 H TRUCKING INC

Listed in
(708) 557-3062

1550 S BLUE ISLAND #624, 60608
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2137383

3 R FARMS LLC

Listed in
(618) 670-4501

9601 SUMMERFIELD SOUTH RD, 62293
Interstate
1760816

3 STAR TRANSPORT INC

Listed in
(847) 305-2243

1030 S LA GRANGE ROAD, 60525
Interstate
2147547

3 STARS TRUCKING INC

Listed in
(224) 400-3030

4615 HERON DRIVE, 60156
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2458020

353 CARGO CORP

Listed in
(312) 785-0950

1046 W KINZIE STREET STE 300, 60642
Interstate
2627772

360 DEGREE MACHINERY LLC

Listed in
(630) 229-6705

10S234 SCHOGER DRIVE, 60564
Interstate
2139326

365 GROUP EXPRESS INC

Listed in
(773) 936-4298

1338 S DUNTON AVE, 60005
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2552183

365 GROUP INC

Listed in
(847) 979-8977

225 ARLINGTON HEIGHTS RD SUITE 206, 60007
Interstate
1715880

3920 W HAWTHORNE COURT LLC

Listed in
(847) 489-3238

3920 W HAWTHORNE COURT, 60087
Interstate
2725220

3A FREIGHT INC

Listed in
(312) 473-7200

1112 W BOUGHTON RD # 225, 60440
Interstate
2464500

3D CARGO INC

Listed in
(815) 255-9909

1327 KRYSTYNA PL, 60439
Interstate
2476987

3D ENTITIES

Listed in
(708) 333-7335

735E 153RD ST, 60426
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2294147

3D SCREED INC

Listed in
(630) 917-1441

124 NORTH LINCOLN ST, 60559
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2557041

3D SCREED INC

Listed in
(630) 917-1441

124 NORTH LINCOLN ST, 60559
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2557041

3D TRANSPORT INC

Listed in
(630) 956-3621

698 LEGENDS DR, 60188
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2518272

3D TRUCKING

Listed in
(770) 205-0218

18615 DEWITT ROAD, 61735
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2255035

3F LOGISTICS INC

Listed in
(224) 250-2211

3435 S CICERO AVE UNIT 6, 60804
Interstate
2501089

3M TRUCKING

Listed in
(217) 202-6602

903 PERKINS RD, 61802
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1388235

3MD INC

Listed in
(708) 267-9261

9100 PLAINFIELD RD, 60513
Interstate
1283065

3MD RELOCATION SERVICES

Listed in
(708) 681-2000

1915 JANICE AVE, 60160
Interstate
1281771

3RD PARTY COMPARISONS LLC

Listed in
(217) 825-9072

1205 E 650 NORTH RD, 62555
Interstate
2140391

3SIH2 INC

Listed in
(708) 527-2035

16224 GROVE AVE, 60452
Interstate
2595700

4 ACE’S TRANSPORT

Listed in
(815) 403-5749

7909 MANLEY RD, 60033
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2487543

4 B’S LIVESTOCK INC

Listed in
(815) 291-4453

5249 E IRISH GROVE RD, 61019
Interstate
1914490

4 BROTHERS TRANSPORT INC

Listed in
(708) 262-4188

5570 W 84TH ST, 60459
Interstate
2641584

4 GREEN START INC

Listed in
(847) 207-3330

1206 S NEW WILKE RD APT 104, 60005
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2457738

4 K EXPRESS INC

Listed in
(773) 919-2565

28 W PHEASANT TRAIL, 60156
Interstate
1343591

4 KIDS TRUCKING INC

Listed in
(217) 737-3200

220 N WASHINGTON ST, 62548
Interstate
2446129

4 KIDS TRUCKING INC

Listed in
(217) 737-3200

220 N WASHINGTON ST, 62548
Interstate
2446129

4 LA FA MILLE LOGISTICS INC

Listed in
(405) 283-0698

9015 S UNION, 60620
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2348410

4 LA FA MILLE LOGISTICS INC

Listed in
(405) 283-0698

9015 S UNION, 60620
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2348410

4 PARDO INC

Listed in
(815) 614-0873

2918 STILLWATER CT, 60586
Interstate
2551567

4 SUCCESS AUTO TRANSPORT INC

Listed in
(224) 541-4865

382 WARREN LN, 60030
Interstate
2177156