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  • Early morning crash closes I-90 in Schaumburg Jul 13, 2014 10:29 AM
    The eastbound lanes of the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway were blocked for approximately an hour early Sunday morning, following a crash involving a semitrailer and a passenger vehicle. The car's driver was hospitalized with nonlife threatening injuries, authorities said.

     
  • Tollway warns of email scam targeting I-PASS users Jul 10, 2014 7:30 PM
    Hey, I-PASS customers, watch out for phony emails. The Illinois tollway is warning customers to disregard messages from the "E-ZPass Collection Agency" that allege people have missed tolls; it is a scam. “The tollway is monitoring the situation closely," officials said.

     
  • Southbound I-355 expected to reopen after truck fire near Roosevelt Road Jul 10, 2014 12:05 AM
    A semitrailer truck fire caused officials to close all southbound lanes of I-355 Wednesday afternoon near Roosevelt Road in DuPage County. State police said the truck was loaded with paper products when it caught fire about 1:10 p.m. as it traveled south on I-355.

     
  • Tri-State Tollway overpass in Gurnee named for Medal of Honor recipient Jul 2, 2014 7:13 PM
    The north and southbound Tri-State Tollway lanes at Grand Avenue in Gurnee now feature signs for the newly named Allen J. Lynch Medal of Honor Overpass. Lynch, who was honored in 1967 for acts of valor during the Vietnam War, said he hopes the signs will help "keep vets and service before the public eye.”

     
  • Gurnee bridge to be named after Medal of Honor recipient Jul 1, 2014 7:59 PM
    The Grand Avenue bridge over the Tri-State Tollway will be named in honor of Medal of Honor recipient Allen J. Lynch of Gurnee. A ceremony is planned for Wednesday.

     
  • Tollway awards contract to firm despite past issues Jun 26, 2014 6:11 PM
    Illinois tollway officials hired a New York firm that got in hot water after federal prosecutors accused it of fudging reports about minority subcontractors. The firm reported its mistake, tollway officials said, and was the lowest bidder in addition to being cleared by the state to work in Illinois.

     
  • 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.

     
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