Ooops -- Looks Like Someone Needs to Learn How to Spell

Village officials unaware that new signs posted by the state along Route 59 have one glaring mistake.

At first glance, you think it's your mistake. At second, you know it's not.

Someone in the state sign department doesn't know how to spell Illinois, and apparently neither do the Illinois Department of Transportation folks who erected the new signs that grace Route 59 at the intersections of Fort Beggs and Feeney drives.

It's a common-enough mistake, we suppose ... if you're in third grade. After that, most folks living in the Land of Lincoln know you're missing a vowel if you spell the state name "Illinos."

Village officials said they weren't aware of the typo until Plainfield Patch brought it to their attention Monday night. The village helps coordinate the groups that adopt sections of highway, such as Plainfield High School Wrestling Team, and informs IDOT of the names that should be featured on the "adopt-a-highway" signs, but beyond that, it's out of their control, Public Works Director Allen Persons said.

"We'll be checking into it tomorrow," Persons said.

And if you're going to be a stickler about it, there's no such place as Plainfield High School anymore. We assume they meant Plainfield High School - Central Campus given the sign's proximity to that school, and maybe there wasn't enough space to fit those two extra words, but technically speaking, Plainfield has four high schools, not one.

On the plus side, the error might be beneficial if it gets eagle-eyed drivers to take notice of the sign's message.

"Anything that gets people to look at the sign makes us happy, too," Persons joked.

Jason May 03, 2011 at 11:49 PM
I've called and sent e-mails. Sam Reichert has fully admitted he doesn't know how to use e-mail. None of the other employees have e-mail access either. I've written letters and made phone calls. It took them months to resolve an issue I brought forward. Now it's about public information on the highway department operates.
Brian Zurita June 30, 2011 at 03:10 AM
So apparently the people responsible for forgetting to put the third "I" in Illinois (that would be the Illinois Department of Transportation, or "IDOT") also forgot to put the second "I" in their acronym. :-)
Jim W June 30, 2011 at 04:50 AM
Karen, The generally accepted spelling of "ooops" is oops. Forgive me, I couldn't resist, especially since this article is about spelling.
Jim W June 30, 2011 at 04:50 AM
Brian, Very clever!!!
Karen Sorensen June 30, 2011 at 04:55 AM
Jim: I stand corrected -- you are right!


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