Welcome Darren. You've come to the right place to share your ideas and skills and to get help and advice when needed for your first motorized bicycle project.
Have fun. We're always here when you need help on that first build but be warned: These things are extremely addictive.
Where exactly in central IL are you. I'm very familiar with Collinsville. LOL, I just saw on national news where they were the first city to outlaw baggy pants..
Good for them.