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  • Tollway crash victims identifiedFeb 10, 2014 12:00 AM
    A Chicago man was identified Monday as one of the two people killed Sunday morning when their car slammed into a light pole on the Jane Addams Tollway (I-90) near Barrington Road in Hoffman Estates. According to the Cook County Medical Examiner, David Xiao, 25, died of multiple injuries in the crash, along with Nguyen Knoi Nguyen Pham, also 25.

     
  • Two killed in I-90 crash in Hoffman Estates Feb 9, 2014 12:00 AM
    A driver and passenger were killed Sunday morning when a car lost control on the Jane Addams Tollway (I-90) at Barrington Road and struck a light pole, Illinois State Police said. According to police, the silver Toyota Corolla was westbound on the tollway at about 7:45 a.m. when the vehicle, for unknown reasons, veered off the roadway and struck the pole before coming to a stop on the left shoulder of the eastbound lanes.

     
  •  Gov. Pat Quinn announced Friday at Alexian Brothers Women & Children’s Hospital a $68 million project to build a long-awaited full tollway interchange at Barrington Road and I-90 in Hoffman Estates.

    Quinn announces Barrington Rd. interchange funding Feb 7, 2014 12:00 AM
    Gov. Pat Quinn, Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth and many other elected and appointed officials were in Hoffman Estates Friday morning for the announcement of a $68 million funding plan for a long-awaited full interchange at Barrington Road and the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway. “It’s going to happen!” village President Bill McLeod pronounced, as if in disbelief.

     
  • You can expect big crowds at the annual Chicago Auto Show that runs from Saturday through Feb. 17.

    Pull over, ‘Speed Racer’: Futuristic models part of Chicago Auto Show Feb 3, 2014 12:00 AM
    Vroom. Vroom. Forget winter. Let's talk horsepower, powertrains, mpg. Let's talk about the Kia GT4 Stinger, the all-new Mustang and Ford's aluminum — yes, aluminum — F-150 truck. The Chicago Auto Show is back in town and you can win free tickets. Ford is using “military-grade” aluminum alloys on the F-150 that knock off 700 pounds, making for a more fuel-efficient truck. But the break from traditional steel is a risky move, industry insiders say.

     
  • Vincent Petrella

    Two federal agencies join probe of fatal I-88 crashJan 30, 2014 12:00 AM
    Two federal agencies have launched a joint investigation into the Monday crash that killed Wheeling tollway worker Vincent Petrella and seriously injured a state trooper along I-88 in Aurora. The probe by the National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration was announced Thursday after U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin called for an investigation. Both agencies said they started gathering information earlier in the week.

     
  • Vincent Petrella

    Wheeling man remembered for work, devotion to family Jan 28, 2014 12:00 AM
    Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn on Tuesday labeled Vincent Petrella, the tollway worker from Wheeling killed while helping a stranded motorist, a hero. Those who knew Petrella from the time he was a boy said that's always been the case. "He was a hero just for the way he was with his family," friend Paul Capuano said. "He was a man's man who put family before anything else."

     
  • Greg Zanis of Aurora offers a short prayer Tuesday morning after placing a cross at the scene of an accident that killed a tollway worker and injured a state trooper along I-88 in Aurora.

    Tollway worker killed in I-88 crash remembered as “loving father and husband” Jan 27, 2014 12:00 AM
    Authorities continue to investigate an Interstate 88 crash Monday night that killed Tollway worker Vincent Petrella of Wheeling and seriously injured Illinois State Trooper Douglas Balder. The two men were helping a disabled semitrailer truck about 9:45 p.m. in the eastbound lanes of I-88 when another semitrailer truck barreled into them.

     
  • It could be the end of an era for tollway coin buckets.

    Change in store for coin buckets on tollway Jan 16, 2014 12:00 AM
    On the tollway's bucket list for 2014 is finding replacements for the pails that collect change at ramps across the system. “They don’t make them anymore,” tollway business systems chief Shana Whitehead said Thursday at a Customer Service Committee meeting. The new order might even allow drivers to charge it.

     
  • Arlington Heights public works employees Terry Koeppl, left, and Ken Tullar fill potholes on Tonne Road with asphalt Monday afternoon.

    Rocky roads! How to navigate pothole territory safely Jan 13, 2014 12:00 AM
    Who's the boss? You or that pothole? Plow through or swerve? Some of the worst injuries occur during head-on collisions, warns Kane County Sheriff's Lt. Pat Gengler. It's second nature to swerve to avoid a pothole, but it could be a fatal decision. Here's the 411 on how to take control of the potholes that are popping up across the suburbs. Your car will thank you.

     
  • Potholes pop up on I-90 near Rt. 47 Jan 10, 2014 12:00 AM
    An Illinois Tollway spokesman reported that potholes suddenly developed along I-90 around the area of the Route 47 interchange about 10 p.m.

     
  • A task force empowered by Gov. Pat Quinn is expected to recommend how to reform transit in 2014. The debate will ensue in the wake of allegations of political interference in transit agencies by House Speaker Michael Madigan, background, left, and other lawmakers.

    Experts predict: BoltBus, transit reform, airlines wars on tap for 2014 Jan 6, 2014 12:00 AM
    What's going to happen in 2014 in transportation land? Transportation writer Marni Pyke tells you, thanks to some prescient experts. Plus, readers opine on Route 53 and it's just a month until the Chicago Auto Show.

     
  •  The Des Plaines Oasis, built in 1959, will be demolished next year to make way for widening of the Jane Addams Tollway and an extension of the Elgin-O’Hare Expressway.

    Des Plaines Oasis: End of the roadDec 23, 2013 12:00 AM
    Will anyone shed a tear when the Des Plaines Oasis and its assorted pretzel, coffee, burger, pizza and tchotchke shops are bulldozed this spring to make way for new construction? Its removal is necessary for the extension of the Elgin-O’Hare Expressway and a related bypass around the airport plus widening the tollway.

     
  • A measured approach to tollway speed limits Dec 13, 2013 12:00 AM
    A letter to the editor: As responsible leaders of the Illinois Tollway, we will continue to review speed limits in the context of current legislative authority granted to our agency, safety performance across our system, congestion history, roadway design and construction schedules, among other factors.

     
  • The tollway board is expected to vote on whether to adopt the Route 53 extension in 2014.

    Tollway explains why some ramps are I-Pass onlyDec 9, 2013 12:00 AM
    Why are certain tollway ramps I-PASS only? We answer that question and share your provocative comments on the Route 53 extension plan. "By the time anything gets started on Route 53, I'll be in the ground taking a 'dirt-nap,'" one driver says. Readers rule in this week's In Transit column.

     
  • Will drivers pay to drive on an extended Route 53, which now ends at the Lake County border?

    Save time or money on extended Route 53? You decide Dec 2, 2013 12:00 AM
    Do I want to pay $3.45 instead of 95 cents to travel from Arlington Heights to Libertyville 12 minutes faster? How about $2.95 rather than 95 cents to shave seven minutes off my commute? Or what about $1.20 for a savings of six minutes? Marni Pyke's brain hurts after completing the Illinois tollway’s online Route 53/120 project feasibility study.

     
  •  It’s a busy holiday traveling season with 1.9 million expected to head through O’Hare and Midway international airports.

    Millions hit the road — and skies — this holiday Nov 26, 2013 12:00 AM
    More than 1.9 million travelers will travel through O'Hare and Midway International airports over the Thanksgiving holiday. But if this were a contest, the Illinois tollway would win with 10 million vehicles expected to hit the road.

     
  • Daily Herald File Photo Should speed limits on local highways and tollways go up to 70 mph?

    Oberweis: Higher speed limit is ‘will of the people’ Nov 21, 2013 12:00 AM
    Lawmaker Jim Oberweis wants the Illinois tollway to recognize that people drive faster than 55 mph on toll roads. But the agency says it's following the recommendations of state police and experts in keeping speeds lower in urban areas.

     
  •  Rosemont police and fire department crews work on the scene of an accident early Wednesday morning on the 105000 block of Lunt Street. Police said the driver of the pickup truck involved in the crash suffered non life-threatening injuries.

    One hospitalized when pickup overturns on I-90 ramp Nov 20, 2013 12:00 AM
    One person was hospitalized after a rollover crash on an I-90 ramp in Rosemont overnight. The single-vehicle crash happened about 12:40 a.m. Wednesday at the Lee Street exit ramp, according to Illinois State Police. The pickup truck involved appeared to have left the off-ramp and slid down the embankment.

     
  •  A car fire on westbound I-90 near Arlington Heights Road is causing some delays this morning.

    Car fire causes minor delays on I-90 Nov 19, 2013 12:00 AM
    A vehicle fire, which was reported just before 8 a.m. on I-90 near the Arlington Heights Road exit, has been extinguished and pushed to the side of the road, authorities said.

     
  • The tollway’s considering revising its towing contracts.

    Tollway towing contracts under scrutinyNov 14, 2013 12:00 AM
    It's time to dust off tollway contracts with towing companies — some decades-old — and get more competition, officials said. The move happened as a landscaper called his recent towing experience "mind-boggling," not in a good way. “It’s a good idea to go out to the market on a regular basis,” general manager of traffic and maintenance John Benda said, adding the change was not intended to punish good contractors.

     
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