Illinois roads suck. There's some decent ones in the far north western part of the state. Brown county Indiana is nice, or the alphabet soup area if Wisconsin. Our roads are all very flat, and very straight while also being littered with potholes that will bend a wheel, and cracks that will swallow a front tire. It came as a shock to most southerners I know. I think the clean, smooth pavement of the track is it's biggest attraction.
Yes, the fact that we heavily salt our roads in winter, leading to repeated freeze/thaw cycles, causes the surface of our roads to age and deteriorate much faster than in places where the climate doesn't freeze and/or where they use sand/cinders instead of salt.
That said, despite all our bellyaching, this is a pretty nice place to live and work if you need to be in/near a large [pop>2,000,000 city, 6,000,000 metro] metro area.
There are some nice roads, and some enjoyable rides, but because of the population and the sprawl, it usually takes more than an hour to get to the good stuff.
Welcome to Chicago, whether you end up in the City proper, or in one of the never-ending rings of suburbs.