Many Illinois cities have active trucking communities, including Rockford. If you want to start a trucking career, you can start in Rockford. Rockford has one truck driving school—Eagle Training Services. This school has Class A and Class B commercial driver's license courses, preparing you for the two licensing exams required in Illinois.
If you're worried about how you'll pay for your education, there are many options you can consider. Some trucking employers are willing to pay for your education if you agree to work for them for a set amount of time. There are also local scholarships and grants.
Rockford has such a large trucking industry because of its many highways. Highways in this area include Illinois Route 2, U.S. Route 20, and Kings Highway. Employers in Rockford include Gunite Corporation, A.P. Trucking, and Todd Transit. As a Rockford resident, you can enjoy a cost of living that is far below the national average.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, peope who drive heavy trucks in Rockford make a median salary of $41,420 per year. BLS also indicates that light truck drivers can take in an average salary of $34,190 (BLS, 2013).