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  • Black bear spotted near Jane Addams Tollway Jun 26, 2014 8:24 PM
    What did tollway workers see galloping away from their road widening project on the Jane Addams (I-90) earlier this month? A black bear, possibly the one that's been popping up in northern Illinois the last few weeks. Click on this story to watch the video.

  • Tollway moves on $7 million wetlands project Jun 18, 2014 7:20 PM

    By Marni Pyke

    Illinois tollway directors approved spending $7.1 million Wednesday to restore wetlands in the south suburbs as compensation for wetlands damaged during construction on the Jane Addams Tollway (I-90). Herlihy Mid-Continent Co. will convert 162 acres of farmland back to its natural state at the Forest Preserve District of Cook County's Orland Grassland South site near Orland Park.

  • Police continue to search for clues in tollway death Jun 9, 2014 5:50 PM
    Illinois State Police continue to investigate the fiery tollway crash that killed a cabdriver from Elgin early Sunday morning, but an official said Monday there is no reason to suspect alcohol or drugs played any role in the deadly collision.

  • Fox River pedestrian bridge in Elgin closing Jun 9, 2014 5:11 PM
    The bike and pedestrian bridge below the I-90 Fox River Bridge is closing this month for two years as the Illinois tollway rebuilds the Jane Addams.

  • Deadly tollway crash remains under investigation Jun 9, 2014 3:33 PM
    Illinois State Police continue to investigate the fiery tollway crash that killed a cab driver from Elgin early Sunday morning, but say there is no reason to suspect alcohol or drugs played any role in the deadly collision. The driver, Melba R, Farr, 56, was killed when her cab was rear-ended by an SUV at 5:09 a.m. on the Jane Addams Tollway near Beverly Road in Hoffman Estates.

  • Tollway oases to get new parking lots Jun 3, 2014 5:38 PM
    Be prepared for parking lot work at Illinois tollway oases this summer.

  • George Ranney dishes on the RTA, Route 53 and 15 years in the fray Jun 2, 2014 5:14 AM
    Libertyville native George Ranney, CEO of the former Metropolis Strategies, opens up about the state of transit funding ('that's nuts'), how to pay for extending Route 53 ('let's get real'), and the RTA ('they haven't been able to bring people together').

  • Tollway advises Lake County to ante up for Route 53 May 21, 2014 6:12 PM
    If you want a $2.9 billion environmentally friendly parkway with a speed limit of 45 mph, you need to chip in for the cost, was the message to Lake County folks backing an extension of Route 53 from Illinois tollway officials. Tollway Director and Aurora Mayor Tom Weisner likened the situation to buying a new car where “besides the base model, you want a sun roof and sound system but in the end, you don’t want to pay for those options."

  • Lane closures on Barrington Road bridge May 20, 2014 2:17 PM
    The left lane in both the northbound and southbound directions on the Barrington Road bridge over the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway in Hoffman Estates will be closed overnight from 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 21 until 5 a.m. Thursday, May 22. The closures are to allow road crews to complete the traffic shift of Barrington Road to the west side of the roadway. Once the configuration is completed, Barrington Road will be reduced to two lanes in each direction through October.

  • Readers sound off on tolls, pets on planes and more May 19, 2014 5:25 AM
    The fur flies as readers vent about pets on planes, a potential conflict of interest for Gov. Pat Quinn and a tollway board director, and tolling freeways. Plus traffic tips and a green cars event in this week's column. Jan Spaletto of Palatine knows how she'd vote on tolling Route 53. "My opinion is that those proposing these changes are just plain nuts."

  • Tollway gives details of latest construction loan May 15, 2014 6:55 AM
    The Illinois tollway's $500 million bond sale this month is the first of two expected this year to help fund a $12 billion construction program. The tollway sold $500 million in bonds May 7 but ultimately ended up receiving $546 million from investors with a 4.3 percent interest rate, officials said Wednesday.

  • Does tollway official have conflict over Quinn donations? May 12, 2014 3:38 PM
    An Illinois tollway director also heads up a union local that's a major donor to Gov. Pat Quinn, writing a $250,000 check in January. Is it a conflict of interest, given that the governor appoints tollway board members? Yes, said good-government experts, who suggest reforms. No, said a Quinn spokeswoman.

  • Judge OKs $10.9 million settlement in trooper’s death May 8, 2014 10:11 PM
    A judge has approved a $10.9 million settlement in the death of Illinois State Trooper James Sauter, ABC 7 Chicago reported. Sauter, 28, of Vernon Hills, was killed March 28, 2013 when his patrol car was hit by a semitrailer truck on the Tri-State Tollway near Northbrook.

  • Who pays for Route 53 extension? May 8, 2014 6:56 PM
    An advisory group dives into the seemingly impossible task of finding more than $2 billion to fund extending Route 53 into Lake County up to Route 120.

  • Tollway funding creek restoration near Warrenville May 5, 2014 3:33 PM
    A stretch of creek that runs for more than a half-mile through St. James Farm Forest Preserve near Warrenville is slated to be restored, thanks to a $2 million contribution from the state tollway authority.

  • Why more tolls could be coming to area freeways May 5, 2014 9:29 AM
    Should freeways be tolled? That's the debate du jour as Congress tries to tackle highway funding before money runs out this fall. The White House's $302 billion, four-year transportation bill filed last week gives its blessing to states to charge tolls on interstates under certain conditions.

  • How Elmhurst Road diverging diamond should work May 6, 2014 5:17 PM
    Illinois tollway planners predict drivers and pedestrians — guided by traffic signals — will find navigating the Elmhurst Road and Jane Addams Tollway (I-90) interchange safer once a somewhat counterintuitive redesign is constructed. The “diverging diamond” interchange will be complete in 2016 at the same time ramps providing access to and from the west and other improvements are finished. It works by briefly shifting traffic into opposite lanes using signals on bridges or underpasses so that vehicles can turn left onto the tollway without facing oncoming cars. Then, traffic is routed back to the right side of the road.

  • Tollway trying new shape at old interchange May 1, 2014 6:46 PM
    Who needs a Circle Interchange when you can build a diverging diamond one? Illinois tollway officials explain why this particular shape will solve traffic dysfunction at I-90 and Elmhurst Road during an open house.

  • Tollway meeting Thursday on Elmhurst Road interchange project Apr 29, 2014 11:57 AM
    Illinois Tollway officials will host an informational meeting Thursday in Elk Grove Village about the ongoing the Elmhurst Road interchange construction project on the Jane Addams Tollway (I-90). A new diverging diamond interchange is being constructed as part of the Elgin-O’Hare Western Access Project.

  • Allergies and airlines: Not a good mix for some travelers Apr 28, 2014 5:30 AM
    Laura Pontarelli's allergies are so bad she finds it difficult to breathe when she's near a dog or cat. So bad she couldn't get on a flight that included a service dog and missed an important trip with her daughter. The problem's more common than you'd think, experts say. Did we help the family get a refund? Read on.

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