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  • Tollway workers will have to start paying tolls in 2015 Sep 25, 2014 11:29 PM
    Tollway employees will say goodbye to toll-free commutes to and from work in 2015. The Illinois tollway approved a contract with one of its largest unions Thursday that paves the way to pull the perk for all employees after a challenge to the state labor board.

     
  • Toll takers to get raises, but toll-free perk uncertain Sep 17, 2014 9:13 PM
    Toll collectors are expected to receive salary increases of 8 percent over three years, but whether the perk of commuting to work toll-free is continued remains unknown.

     
  • Tollway’s video swan song for Des Plaines Oasis Sep 17, 2014 7:30 PM
    The Des Plaines oasis is gone but tollway officials commemorated its passing with a time-lapse video showing what it takes to remove multiple glass panels and 22 concrete beams over a major interstate.

     
  • Pyke: Is it illegal to ride your bike on a sidewalk? Sep 8, 2014 7:45 AM
    Why do bicyclists hog sidewalks? When will the weeds on the Eisenhower Expressway be mowed? And what's being done with the cash CN Railway provided for safety improvements on the EJ&E? Readers ask, and we answer your pressing transportation questions. Plus traffic tips and can't-miss events.

     
  • Authorities: Woman in I-294 crash was on probation for another DUI Sep 8, 2014 4:55 PM
    A Mount Prospect woman who authorities say was driving drunk Saturday when she struck and injured eight people on the Tri-State Tollway had been sentenced to probation just days earlier on a separate DUI charge. Leslie W. Thurow, 59, is being held without bond for violating terms of her probation as a result of the crash that critically injured an Illinois state trooper who was conducting a traffic stop on I-294.

     
  • Tollway offers I-PASS incentives, discounts Sep 2, 2014 5:20 PM
    It's an I-PASS sale bonanza. The Illinois tollway is temporarily lowering the cost to start an I-PASS account in order to attract more customers for the new Tri-State/I-57 interchange. Unfortunately, toll rates stay the same.

     
  • How to build I-290 bridge with 80,000 cars a day? Sep 2, 2014 3:21 PM
    Building a bridge is a serious undertaking, especially when it’s going up in an area that sees more than 80,000 vehicles drive through each day. Yes, the work is creating some traffic headaches, but even tired commuters are likely to wonder a bit when they drive by — how do they do that?

     
  • How do you build I-290 bridge with 80,000 cars a day? Sep 1, 2014 2:49 PM

    By Matt Arado

    Building a bridge is a serious undertaking, especially when it’s going up in an area that sees more than 80,000 vehicles drive through each day. Yes, the work is creating some traffic headaches, but even tired commuters are likely to wonder a bit when they drive by — how do they do that?

     
  • Quinn vetoes 70 mph speed limit on tollways in suburbs Aug 27, 2014 5:23 AM
    Gov. Pat Quinn Tuesday put the brakes on legislation that would have raised speed limits on suburban tollways to 70 mph. The governor last year signed a law to raise speed limits on downstate interstates, but urban areas were excluded. “(T)he convenience of increased speeds for drivers on Illinois tollways does not outweigh the safety risks to children, families, and our dedicated public servants,” Quinn wrote in his veto message.

     
  • Pyke: Are I-355 traffic delays the protesters' fault? Aug 25, 2014 11:36 AM
    Protester-related delays on I-355. Accidents at rail crossings. The mailbag is full and it's time to share what everyone's talking about. "It was a Friday and most of us commuters simply want to get home quickly and safely,” one reader says about the protests on bridges over tollways.

     
  • The Soapbox Aug 23, 2014 5:01 AM
    Daily Herald editors praise two female sports role models, lament the troubles of a local university and sound off on a number of other suburban issues.

     
  • Tollway explores how to pay for Route 53 extension Aug 19, 2014 6:10 PM
    Are more tolls coming on the north end of the Tri-State? Increasing rates at the Waukegan toll and charging at the Wisconsin border and Route 132 are among ideas being tossed around by a Lake County advisoryo group.

     
  • Lake in the Hills firm sues over toll scofflaw list Aug 13, 2014 5:17 PM
    Name recognition is great when you're a business but not when you're known as a tollway "scofflaw," says John O'Hara of Specialty Contractors. The company is suing the Illinois tollway over mistakenly including it on an infamous list of debtors.

     
  • Naperville girl killed in motorcycle crash Aug 8, 2014 5:53 AM
    A 14-year-old Naperville girl was killed after a motorcycle crash on Interstate 55 while riding with her father, officials said. Ashley Wilson was riding with her 54-year-old father on southbound I-55 under I-355 around 9:35 p.m. Wednesday when the bike went down, struck the median and skated along the highway’s left shoulder, officials said.

     
  • POW memorial moves to O’Hare tollway oasis Jul 31, 2014 7:21 PM
    A solemn ceremony marked the arrival of two memorials at the O'Hare tollway oasis Thursday. The closing of the Des Plaines oasis forced one of the memorials, honoring missing soldiers, to make the move to the rest stop near the airport. "With the nostalgia that went with the Des Plaines oasis, we also have a new beginning here," tollway board Chair Paula Wolff said.

     
  • Truck overturns at I-90 entrance ramp Jul 29, 2014 11:21 AM
    A truck overturned on the entrance ramp to eastbound I-90 from Route 53 Tuesday morning. The accident briefly closed the left side of the ramp.

     
  • Why this is the worst summer construction season ever Jul 28, 2014 5:15 AM
    Late for day care. Late for work. Late for meetings. Crawling along I-355. At a standstill on I-90. Sweating on Route 31. Weeping on the Elgin O'Hare (not) Expressway. Is this the worst summer for traffic ever? “It is one of the worst and it is only going to get worse,” University of Illinois at Chicago expert Steve Schlickman predicted.

     
  • Learning curve at all-electronic interchange with Tri-State and I-57 Jul 21, 2014 5:40 PM
    The Illinois tollway will open its new interchange between I-57 and the Tri-State this fall. For Illini parents and football fans that means a direct link between the two interstates instead of the current circuitous route. It's an all-electronic connection, however, so bring your I-Pass.

     
  • Police: Speeding truck plowed into cars on I-55 Jul 22, 2014 9:19 AM
    Five people have been confirmed dead in two separate crashes Monday afternoon on Interstate 55 near Channahon, authorities said. The first crash on northbound I-55 south of Arsenal Road resulted in four fatalities. The second crash on southbound I-55 at Route 6, involving two semitrailer trucks, resulted in the death of a truck driver.

     
  • Test could pave way to paying tolls with smartphone Jul 17, 2014 1:01 AM
    This is only a test. That's what the Illinois tollway wants drivers to understand when new overhead gantries go up this year near the Touhy Toll Plaza. The test site will let the agency try out cameras and technology such as talking transponders.

     
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