Illinois Route 61

Illinois Route 61 (IL 61) is a rural state road in western Illinois that runs north and east from Illinois Route 96 in Ursa to the intersection of U.S. Route 136 2 miles (3.2 km) west of Tennessee. Illinois route 61 is 44.77 miles (72.05 km) long.[1]

Illinois Route 61
Route information
Maintained by IDOT
Length44.77 mi[1] (72.05 km)
Major junctions
South end IL 96 in Ursa
North end
US 136 / IL 110 (CKC) / IL 336 in Tennessee
CountiesAdams, Hancock, McDonough
Highway system
IL 60US 62

Route description

Illinois 61 starts in Ursa at the intersection of County Route 6, Illinois Route 96 (IL 96), and itself. After a short concurrency with IL 96, it travels northeast through farmland, passing Mendon. Shortly afterwards, it runs concurrently with the partially grade-separated Illinois Route 336 (IL 336) northwards. It splits off and east just south of Loraine, and travels north concurrent with Illinois Route 94 (IL 94), splitting off to the east afterwards in Bowen. It intersects Illinois Route 101 (IL 101) and heads north once again. Its northern terminus is at U.S. 136.


SBI Route 61 was originally established in 1924 was the route between Richmond and Crystal Lake in northeastern Illinois. This route is now part of Illinois Route 31.

This route was established after 1937, when SBI Route 61 was removed from the Richmond to Crystal Lake route in northeastern Illinois. Since the route was established, it has served as the major route between Quincy, IL and Macomb, IL, bypassing Carthage, Illinois. The route crosses the LaMoine River south of Colmar and parallels the Quincy branch of the old Chicago, Burlington & Quincy railroad along sections of its route.

The route is currently designated as a Class II Truck Route.[3]

Major intersections

AdamsUrsa0.00.0 IL 96Southern terminus of IL 61
IL 110 (CKC) / IL 336
South end of IL 110/IL 336 overlap
IL 110 (CKC) / IL 336
North end of IL 110/IL 336 overlap
18.329.5 IL 94South end of IL 94 overlap
HancockBowen24.940.1 IL 94North end of IL 94 overlap
Augusta31.049.9 IL 101
US 136 / IL 110 (CKC) / IL 336
Northern terminus of IL 61
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also


  1. Illinois Technology Transfer Center (2006). "T2 GIS Data". Retrieved 2007-11-08.
  2. Carlson, Rick. Illinois State Highways Page: Routes 61 thru 80. Last updated March 15, 2006. Retrieved March 24, 2006.
  3. Illinois Department of Transportation. Designated truck routes. Retrieved March 31, 2006.
  4. Google (4-8-2011). "Overview Map of Route 61 Distances Between Interchanges" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 4-8-2011. Check date values in: |access-date=, |date= (help)
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