^Westbound trailblazer leaving the western junction with Illinois 94, January 2020.
Illinois Route 9 is an east-west route across the central axis of Illinois, running from Iowa to Indiana. Spanning the entire width of the state, it's the main east-west route through Bloomington, among many other towns.
Illinois 9's western beginning is a bridge over the Mississippi River from Fort Madison, Iowa, where automobile traffic uses an upper deck directly above a separate deck for trains:
In downtown Bloomington, the concurrency of Illinois 9 and US Route 150 split into a pair of one-way streets that are three blocks apart from each other; this pair of one-way streets crosses another pair of one-way streets carrying BusinessUS Route 51:
About a half mile to the east, US Route 150 splits from Illinois 9 to turn southerly, as Illinois 9 continues east on the pair of one-way streets:
Back to a single roadway now, Illinois 9 crosses Business Loop 55:
Solidly a few miles beyond the Bloomington-Normal metropolis, Illinois 9 meets the southern endpoint of Illinois 165:
Illinois 9 now reaches the town of Gibson City, and on the west side of that town, Illinois 9 joins Illinois 47 south:
Less than a mile to the south, Illinois 9 and Illinois 47 both join Illinois 54 east around the south side of Gibson City:
Directly south of the city center of Gibson City, Illinois 47 splits from Illinois 9 and Illinois 54 to head south: