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  • Semi driver in I-55 crash faked logs, authorities say Jul 22, 2014 5:36 PM
    A semi-truck driver involved in crash that killed four people southwest of Chicago on I-55 was driving too fast and falsified entries in a logbook tracking the number of hours he spent behind the wheel, authorities said Tuesday. Last year, a Vernon Hills state trooper was killed by a truck driver who fell asleep after driving 18 hours.

     
  • More suburbs getting quiet zones for train horns Jul 21, 2014 5:16 AM
    Do you get misty-eyed over train songs like Willie Nelson's "The City of New Orleans"? Or are you more of a Johnny Cash, "When I hear that whistle blowing, I hang my head and cry"? Then, this column — all about relief from train horns with Quiet Zones — is for you.

     
  • Antioch’s accident-prone Route 173 and Tiffany Road intersection adding stoplight, turn lanes Jul 11, 2014 4:21 PM
    An accident-prone intersection in Antioch is receiving much-needed attention with ongoing construction work that is adding turn lanes and a stoplight, village officials said. The project targets Route 173 and Tiffany Road. “It’s unfortunate that it has taken a lot of traffic accidents to make it happen,” Mayor Lawrenc Hanson said.

     
  • Cooperation cited in key Lake County regional trail link Jul 10, 2014 6:09 PM
    An underpass beneath Milwaukee Avenue near Libertyville allowed for the connection of a Libertyville Township trail with the Lake County Forest Preserve District's Millennium Trail. The Lake County Forest Preserve District, Conserve Lake County, Illinois Department of Transportation, Lake County Division of Transportation and Libertyville Township cooperated on the project.

     
  • Illinois suspending roadwork over holiday weekend Jul 3, 2014 6:00 AM
    Those hitting the roads for the holiday weekend should find fewer delays from highway construction. The Illinois Department of Transportation says it is suspending non-emergency roadwork where possible starting Thursday afternoon and continuing through the end of the day Sunday. Thousands of motorists are expected to use state roadways over the Fourth of July weekend. Some construction zones will still have lane closures in effect. The agency is reminding drivers that lower work zone speed limits are still in place, even when workers are not on site.

     
  • Panel to study potential Route 53 cost savings Jul 1, 2014 7:26 AM
    A panel charged with studying ways to finance the proposed extension of Route 53 north into Lake County will be examining some of the innovations associated with the $2.87 billion project for cost reductions. “We must think of the impact of the road design on future generations,” said George Ranney, co-chairman of a blue ribbon committee of local, business and other leaders.

     
  • IDOT: Stay off the Kennedy again this weekend! Jun 19, 2014 5:44 PM
    Don't do it! Don't drive on the Kennedy Expressway downtown, IDOT once again is warning drivers as it prepares for the second phase of construction on the Ontario feeder. Lane closures are Friday night through early Monday morning.

     
  • Taking Kennedy to Chicago will have you singing the blues Jun 13, 2014 10:15 AM
    Don't forget driving to Chicago on the Kennedy Expressway this weekend could mean hours in your car stuck in traffic. At least that's what IDOT officials predict with a major redo of the Ontario Street feeder ramp at the Kennedy under way.

     
  • Avoid the Kennedy this weekend, IDOT warns Jun 10, 2014 6:53 PM
    You'll regret it. You'll stew in traffic for hours. You'll waste gas. You'll miss your ballgame or concert. It's crazy. State officials gave multiple reasons to convince drivers to stay off the Kennedy Expressway near downtown Chicago this weekend because of construction.

     
  • Route 22 resurfacing delayed: Jun 6, 2014 4:31 PM
    The Illinois Department of Transportation has delayed resurfacing part of Route 22 through the Village of North Barrington until after the completion of a Lake County construction project on Miller Road.

     
  • Expect Kennedy Expressway gridlock on June weekends Jun 3, 2014 10:43 AM
    To avoid migraine-inducing traffic the last three weekends of June, take transit or plan your route to steer clear of the Kennedy Expressway (I-90/94), officials warn. The Illinois Department of Transportation’s rebuild of the Kennedy interchange with Ohio and Ontario streets means temporary lane closures on the expressway that could trigger a congestion domino effect.

     
  • Route 21/137 project nearing an end May 12, 2014 5:54 PM
    The ongoing Route 137/21 intersection and widening project in Libertyville is 95 percent complete. This week various lane closures will be in place for crews to finish removing temporary pavement markings and install permanent pavement markings.

     
  • Report: Hires had political clout with Quinn, Democrats May 12, 2014 6:20 PM
    Dozens of state jobs involved in a dispute over whether they should be free of politics were filled by Gov. Pat Quinn’s administration with candidates who were politically connected or gave campaign money to the governor’s party, an Associated Press review of state documents shows.

     
  • Examples of hires’ political connections May 12, 2014 4:02 PM
    Here are examples of state employees with political connections who were hired at the Illinois Department of Transportation under Gov. Pat Quinn. An Associated Press review of emails and other state documents shows that dozens of government jobs involved in a dispute over whether they should be free of politics were filled with candidates who were politically involved or gave campaign money to the governor’s party. The administration says the jobs should be exempt from a court ruling banning political hires because they are policy-making positions. . Kathleen Vehovic is the daughter of former Sangamon County Democratic Party chairman Todd Renfrow. Vehovic was hired to a $39,000-a-year post after holding a temporary position that was “continually renewed” on a 60-day emergency basis, according to the emails. One email said Vehovic was “critical” to bureau operations because she coordinates pre-employment screening for snow removal and highway maintenance workers. Anti-patronage activist Michael Shakman, who has challenged the hiring in federal court, said the job “obviously” should not have been exempt from state hiring rules. Vehovic did not respond to requests for comment left by phone and during a visit to her home. . Doris Bartolotti, of Benton, is listed as the chair of the Franklin County Democratic Committee in an online county directory. Her husband and brother-in-law are county committeemen. State records show her son — who is mayor of a small southern Illinois community — has worked for IDOT since 2004. Reached at her home, Doris Bartolotti — who made about $49,000 at IDOT in 2013 — said she would be happy to discuss her employment but needed to talk with her boss first. She later could not be reached. . Nick Lay of Johnson County is a former county Democratic committeeman. He’s listed as a technical manager IV and made $64,400 last year. When reached, he referred the AP to IDOT for comment. . Former Alderman John Rice got his $84,000-a-year IDOT job months after losing his seat on the Chicago City Council. A 2012 report published by The New York Times about Illinois politics stated that his newly created position of safety manager was never posted, and his application was filed the same day he started work. At the time, an IDOT spokesman denied the job was created just for Rice. Rice could not be reached for comment. . Bill Helm was the former president of the 47th Ward Democratic Party in Chicago who has donated money to Democrats. Helm was deputy supervisor of the Cook County Forest Preserve District under then-county board President Todd Stroger but was replaced shortly after Toni Preckwinkle was elected county board president in November 2010. He was hired a few months later as a deputy director of operations at IDOT. State records show he made about $111,000 last year, but is no longer working at IDOT. A phone message left with Helm’s mother — who confirmed he had left IDOT — was not returned.

     
  • Downtown Libertyville prepares for another rail crossing shut down May 9, 2014 6:02 PM
    Driving through downtown Liberytivlle is not the smooth sailing that had been hoped for after busy Milwaukee Avenue was closed for five days for emergency replacement of the Metra rail crossing. “It’s terrible — the bump. It’s really ridiculous,” said Mayor Terry Weppler. The crossing again will be closed on May 17 as crews return to fix the problem.

     
  • Route 22 lane closure planned: May 9, 2014 4:50 PM
    Drivers will see lane closures on eastbound Route 22 between Essex Lane and Oakwood Lane, while crews do utility work as part of the Forest View single-family residential subdivision, village officials announced in a news release.

     
  • Traffic delays near Island Lake May 5, 2014 5:06 PM
    A repaving project on Route 176 near Darrell Road in the Island Lake area caused significant traffic delays Monday.

     
  • Route 131 work to start Monday May 1, 2014 5:16 PM
    Weather permitting, an intersection improvement project on Route 131/Green Bay Road from Route 173 to Russell Road in Zion, will begin Monday, May 5.

     
  • ‘Code Red’: 5-day road closure looms in Libertyville Apr 30, 2014 5:44 AM
    The work needs to be done but the closure of Milwaukee Avenue at the Metra crossing in downtown Liberytvillle beginning Friday morning is expected to be a mess for drivers, emergency responders and schools. "We are suggesting that people schedule everything earlier. It's going to be bad, especially initially," Public Works Director John Heinz said.

     
  • Wauconda OKs transportation study: Apr 3, 2014 1:01 AM
    Wauconda trustees on Tuesday approved a transportation study for Route 176 and other key roads, and agreed to forward the report to the Illinois Department of Transportation.

     
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