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  • Pace, Rosemont propose cutting lunchtime circulator route to entertainment district Aug 16, 2014 7:41 AM
    An infrequently used “lunchtime circulator” Pace bus route that brings people to and from the Rosemont entertainment district on weekdays may be eliminated.

  • Driver who fled Elgin-O’Hare crash still at large Aug 15, 2014 9:19 PM
    Illinois State Police on Friday night were still searching for a 30-year-old man from Melrose Park who is believed to have fled a crash on the Elgin-O’Hare Expressway that injured two construction workers.

  • Warren High students get around Grand Avenue construction near O’Plaine Road campus in Gurnee Aug 14, 2014 5:32 PM
    Major road construction near Warren Township High School’s freshmen-sophomore campus in Gurnee didn’t cause travel delays for students on their first day of classes, officials said Thursday. “From our end, things went very smooth,” Warren District 121 transportation director Tina Delabre told the Daily Herald.

  • Dist. 15, Rolling Meadows police crack down on drivers who ignore bus signs Aug 14, 2014 5:49 PM
    A maker of red-light cameras has found new business in suburban school districts. Several are experimenting with cameras that catch drivers blowing stop signs on school buses. In Rolling Meadows, police will review footage to catch violators and issue $150 tickets.

  • Daily Herald reporter receives railroad safety award Aug 13, 2014 8:02 AM
    Daily Herald transportation columnist Marni Pyke won an award from the DuPage Railroad Safety Council. The award was presented during an international symposium on railroad crossing safety last week.

  • 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.

  • Rule would limit immigrant driver’s license calls Aug 12, 2014 10:17 PM
    Illinois wants to head off businesses that are swamping the secretary of state’s office with robotic requests for appointments for special immigrant driver’s licenses.

  • More railroad crossing work scheduled in Grayslake Aug 12, 2014 4:32 PM
    While Route 120 in Grayslake is expected to reopen Wednesday night at a railroad crossing that’s been closed due to repairs, drivers should brace for similar work a few blocks away at Route 83.

  • Editorial: All of us have work to do to make rails safer Aug 12, 2014 9:02 AM
    Everyone, not just safety experts, has work to do to improve rail safety, a Daily Herald editorial says.

  • Repair of water main break slow in Arlington Hts. Aug 11, 2014 4:18 PM
    A busy location and a midnight rainstorm stretched the repair time for a water main break at the intersection of Arlington Heights and Golf roads in Arlington Heights from late Sunday afternoon until Monday morning. The blowout occurred in the bottom of a 12-inch pipe about 5 p.m. Sunday near the left lane of southbound Arlington Heights Road.

  • Railroad accidents underscore safety conference's mission Aug 11, 2014 5:07 AM
    How do we make rail crossings safer? A group of international experts gathered at the University of Illinios this week to share ideas and learn from some local experts. “Highway-rail grade crossing and trespassing accidents were up in 2013, and we're seeing a continued uptick in this fiscal year,” Federal Railroad Administrator Joseph Szabo said.

  • Quinn signs Pace shoulder-riding program into law Aug 11, 2014 8:07 PM
    Legislation that allows a suburban Chicago bus agency’s vehicles to ride on the shoulders of a major roadway is now law. Gov. Pat Quinn signed a plan on Monday that makes Pace’s “Bus on Shoulders” pilot program permanent.

  • Des Plaines to help pay for Metra station coffee shop Aug 10, 2014 4:17 PM
    Des Plaines aldermen last week approved providing up to $15,000 to help fund construction of a coffee shop inside the city’s downtown Metra station. The money, to be provided through proceeds from the city’s downtown tax increment financing district, is part of the city’s business assistance program.

  • Last segment of Washington Street to be widened next year Aug 9, 2014 7:30 AM
    Lake County officials are set to approved measures associated with plans to widen Washington Street and build an underpass at the rail crossing in Grayslake. That project and one immediately west will be done simultaneously as the last remaining sections of Washington for its length trhough central Lake County to be widened. "It's a very important roadway for us," said Al Giertych, assistant county engineer.

  • Emanuel wants action on oil train risks in Chicago Aug 8, 2014 4:25 PM
    Mayor Rahm Emanuel is emphasizing the dangers of moving crude oil and other hazardous materials through Chicago’s rail network, saying hundreds of schools, parks and playgrounds are within a half mile of the tracks.

  • Suburban motorcycle fatalities this summer Aug 8, 2014 6:50 PM
    Sadly, this summer has seen its fair share of motorcycle fatalities in the suburbs or involving people from the suburbs.

  • State officials announce forum for Peotone airport Aug 8, 2014 4:17 PM
    Illinois officials will host a forum in September for industry experts to help develop the planned airport in the South suburbs. Those expected to attend include air carriers and private developers.

  • Metra restores full service this morning on BNSF line Aug 8, 2014 5:39 AM
    Metra riders whose rush-hour commute home imploded Thursday afternoon after two people were killed on the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Line should only see minor delays this morning, according to the Metra website. Metra had canceled four trains scheduled to arrive at Union Station between 7 a.m. and 8:17 a.m., but announced at 5:30 a.m. that full service had been restored.

  • 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.

  • Lombard police begin campaign to enforce hands-free cellphone law Aug 6, 2014 11:32 AM
    Drivers who ignore the state’s hands-free cellphone law may want to reconsider, especially if they travel through Lombard. Police last week launched their first monthlong enforcement campaign in Lombard, focusing strictly on ticketing people using hand-held cellphones while behind wheel. Sgt. Joseph Grage said this is a good time to start the campaign because most schools begin classes in less than three weeks.

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