ROCKFORD (WREX) — Following eight weeks of competition and 311 product nominations, this years Maker's Madness winner is the Self-Regulating Traffic Signal Heater; earning the title of The Coolest Thing Made in Illinois.
It is made by Termico Technologies in Elk Grove Village.
The heater uses conductive particles to heat traffic signals so they can still be seen during the winter.
The heater got more than 300,000 votes throughout the competition. This is the second year the Illinois Manufacturers' Association has hosted the contest.