I just did most of the ride across Illinois and back on the canal trails. Here's a link to my summary of it for those interested. The trail between Morris and Ottawa right now is more work than pleasure since the flooding. I rode it one way and avoided that section on the way back.
Thank you for the report... I was thinking of riding out to Starved Rock along the I&M...
I appreciated reading your summary; sounds like a fun trip. And I appreciated the update as I am riding from Chicago to Starved Rock this Saturday. I called the I&M Trail conditions number (815-942-0796) and got a very helpful update from the representative on how to ride around the four washouts between Morris and North Utica.