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  • Bystander helps woman who fell on Blue Line tracksApr 3, 2014 12:00 AM
    A man jumped in front of a train in Chicago to help a woman who fell onto subway tracks Wednesday. Eddie Palacios said he was hoping the driver would see his bright orange sweatshirt and stop.

     
  • Regulators shut down trucking company involved in fatal crashApr 2, 2014 12:00 AM
    Saying it’s an “imminent hazard to public safety,” federal regulators shut down the Naperville trucking company responsible for a semi involved in a fatal I-88 crash in January. A tollway worker from Wheeling was killed, and a state trooper from Oswego was injured.

     
  • Lucas Mowers of Hampshire, a snowplow driver for Kane County, is shown with his wing-plow truck at the county highway headquarters off Empire Road. “It’s different every time,” he says of his west-central Kane County route.

    Spring spells relief for Kane County snowplow driverApr 1, 2014 12:00 AM
    Did you drive safely on Kane County roads this winter? You can thank Lucas Mowers for his diligent work as a snowplow driver. “Christmas is on a day that doesn’t snow,” Mowers said. “I know what I signed up for. They know I’m taking care of my business."

     
  • A group of Illinois business leaders wants higher gas taxes to pay for fixing roads and bridges.

    Higher gas prices to pay for roads?Apr 1, 2014 12:00 AM
    Repairing Illinois roads and keeping them in good shape for future generations could come at a higher cost at the gas pump under a proposal by a group of business leaders. The Transportation for Illinois Coalition wants to raise the price at the pump by 4 cents for motor fuel and by 7 cents for diesel fuel.

     
  • Kirk Dillard

    Dillard says RTA chair job a possibilityApr 1, 2014 12:00 AM
    State Sen. Kirk Dillard, a Hinsdale Republican and runner up two weeks ago in the primary for governor, says he’s been asked about being chairman of the Regional Transportation Authority, a post he would consider taking.

     
  • Southbound traffic on Route 12 was slowed Monday morning after a truck carrying a piece of construction equipment got stuck under a railroad bridge near Ela Road in Lake Zurich.

    Stuck truck clogs traffic in Lake ZurichMar 31, 2014 12:00 AM
    Traffic backed up late Monday morning on southbound Route 12 in Lake Zurich after a truck carrying a piece of equipment got stuck beneath a railroad overpass.

     
  • The CTA, Metra and Pace would merge and the Regional Transportation Authority would be eliminated under a recommendation by a task force appointed by Gov. Pat Quinn.

    Task force: Get rid of RTA, merge Metra, CTA and PaceMar 31, 2014 12:00 AM
    A state transit reform task wants Gov. Pat Quinn and Illinois to get rid of the Regional Transportation Authority and merge Metra, Pace and the CTA into a new superagency. “The RTA has got to go,” said civic leader George Ranney, who co-chaired the Northeastern Illinois Public Transit Task Force.

     
  • Bartlett announces street project parking restrictionsMar 30, 2014 12:00 AM
    The final year of Bartlett’s roadway resurfacing project is expected to begin Tuesday, April 1, with a tentative completion date of Monday, Sept. 1. The project will consist of removing the asphalt surface, patching distressed areas of pavement, placing two lifts of new asphalt, and some curb repair.

     
  • Photo courtesy of Milka Overton CTA Blue Line train crash at the O’Hare station.

    CTA, union at odds over hours engineer in crash workedMar 28, 2014 12:00 AM
    The union representing Chicago Transit Authority motormen says the driver of the train that crashed at O’Hare International Airport worked 69 hours in the seven days before the accident. Amalgamated Transit Union Local 308 President Robert Kelly said Friday the female operator’s call-in status without a consistent work shift caused her to work “strange” hours, which was a factor in the crash.

     
  • Pilots at American Eagle reject contract offerMar 28, 2014 12:00 AM
    Bill Sprague, chairman of the union’s managing council for Eagle, said the contract offer was unacceptable because it froze pay scales until 2018 and then provided annual raises of just 1 percent. Seniority raises would also be curtailed.

     
  • Elk Grove, Itasca share Devon Avenue bridge improvement costsMar 27, 2014 12:00 AM
    Elk Grove Village and Itasca will be sharing the cost for Devon Avenue bridge improvements over Interstate 290 that are being completed as part of the Elgin-O’Hare Western Access project. The two towns are splitting the $156,253 cost to add decorative fencing, parapet columns, custom concrete form liner, and concrete staining on the outside parapet of the bridge.

     
  • Illinois State Police will conduct a special enforcement campaign Friday and Saturday in honor of fallen Trooper James Sauter of Vernon Hills. Sauter was killed in the line of duty March 28, 2013.

    Statewide crackdown to honor Vernon Hills trooper killed in crashMar 27, 2014 12:00 AM
    Illinois State Police will be conducting road safety checks statewide Friday and Saturday in a special enforcement operation dedicated to fallen Trooper James Sauter of Vernon Hills. Sauter, 28, was killed in the line of duty March 28, 2013, when his patrol car was struck by a semi truck on the Tri-State Tollway near Willow Road.

     
  • Route 21/137 work to resume:Mar 26, 2014 12:00 AM
    Weather permitting, construction activities are scheduled to resume on the Route 21/137 project in the Libertyville area on April 15.

     
  • New storm sewers are being installed as part of $4.7 million in work at Hart Road and Sunset Drive in Round Lake. Officials say it’s the village’s single-largest infrastructure improvement project.

    Round Lake launches $4.7 million infrastructure projectMar 25, 2014 12:00 AM
    Round Lake's largest infrastructure improvement project is under way at Hart Road and Sunset Drive. It'll include reconstruction and widening of Hart, along with sidewalk installation in the area to improve pedestrian safety. Officials said the federal government’s Surface Transportation Program is covering 70 percent of the $4.7 million tab, with Round Lake paying the balance.

     
  • Australian Navy’s HMAS Success, seen from the widow of a Royal Australian Air Force AP-3C Orion, searches Saturday for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 in the southern Indian Ocean, Australia.

    New image of drifting object revives jetliner searchMar 22, 2014 12:00 AM
    A Chinese satellite detected an object in the southern Indian Ocean that’s almost the width of an Olympic-size swimming pool, giving fresh impetus to the hunt for the Malaysian airliner that disappeared two weeks ago.

     
  • Gov. Pat Quinn announces a $1.4 billion improvement project for the Illinois Tollway in Schaumburg Friday morning.

    Quinn announces $1.4 billion in tollway improvementsMar 21, 2014 12:00 AM
    For the second time in as many months, Governor Pat Quinn was back in the Northwest suburbs Friday talking tollway improvements. But while February’s announcement in Hoffman Estates was specifically about state funding for a full interchange at Barrington Road and the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway, Friday’s appearance in Schaumburg covered the full $1.4 billion that will be invested in the Illinois Tollway this year.

     
  • BG trustees mull bicycle proposalMar 21, 2014 12:00 AM
    To make its streets more bicycle safe and bicycle friendly, Buffalo Grove could do a little or a lot, said the consultant hired by the village to draw up a plan. Ed Barsotti, the executive director of the League of Illinois Bicyclists, told the village board this week that Buffalo Grove is already well on its way being designed a “bicycle friendly” community, because it already has a great network of arterial roads, side paths and trails alongside the roads. The key to going further, he said, lies with the collector streets, such as Thompson, Brandywyn and Old Checker.

     
  • Get ready for closed lanes and traffic delays. Phase 3 of the construction project at routes 72 and 31 in West Dundee is scheduled to resume soon.

    Construction set to resume in West DundeeMar 21, 2014 12:00 AM
    Enjoy the unimpeded flow of Dundee Township traffic through the intersection of routes 72 and 31 now, because soon, long, backed up lanes set to return. Construction could resume on March 24 or April 1, said Francisco Abreu, resident IDOT engineer.

     
  • A United Airlines flight from Chicago to New Orleans made an emergency landing at the Jackson-Evers International Airport Monday night after the plane developed a mechanical problem.

    Chicago United flight makes emergency landingMar 19, 2014 12:00 AM
    A United Airlines flight from Chicago to New Orleans made an emergency landing at the Jackson-Evers International Airport Monday night after the plane developed a mechanical problem.

     
  • The Lake County Hazmat team test an overturned semitrailer for chemical exposure due to corrosive cleaning materials that spilled inside at Route 60 and Butterfield Road in Vernon Hills. The Wednesday morning accident caused major traffic delays during morning rush hour.

    Truck trailer tips in Vernon Hills, snarles traffic on busy roadsMar 19, 2014 12:00 AM
    A section of two of central Lake County’s busiest roads was shut down for several hours Wednesday, snarling morning rush-hour motorists, after a truck’s trailer tipped over in Vernon Hills. Butterfield Road and Route 60 reopened by 2 p.m.

     
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