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  • Chicago man arrested at O’Hare on pimping warrant Jan 14, 2015 12:01 AM
    A 38-year-old Chicago man arrested at O’Hare International Airport last week on a 2013 pimping warrant was ordered held on $60,000 bail Tuesday. Authorities say Jim Sacluti had fled the U.S. and was en route to the Philippines via Tokyo when Cook County sheriff’s police arrested him Jan. 9.

     
  • Woman drives past crossing gates, hit by train in Itasca Jan 13, 2015 4:43 PM
    A 79-year-old woman was injured Tuesday when she drove through railroad crossing gates on Walnut Road in Itasca and into the path of an oncoming train, authorities said. The woman had to be extracted from the wreckage about 7 a.m. Tuesday. Witnesses told police her Honda Accord slid under the downed gate and she tried to reverse, but there wasn’t enough time.

     
  • Pyke: O'Hare noise rising as suburban election issue Jan 12, 2015 3:29 PM
    The jet cacophony from new runways at O'Hare is making noise in some municipal elections, but whether the suburbs can apply leverage against Chicago and the Federal Aviation Administration is an open question.

     
  • Work continues in Lake Barrington on fifth roundabout in Lake County Jan 11, 2015 7:00 AM
    Work associated with a roundabout at Roberts and River roads in Lake Barrington continues. The $6.5 million project will be the fifth roundabout in Lake County and the first with multiple lanes. Roundabouts are considered to be safer than traditional signal intersections although they are generally met with skepticism, Lake County officials say.

     
  • Buffalo Grove Road plans Jan 11, 2015 6:01 PM
    There’s good news for motorists long frustrated by the bottleneck on Buffalo Grove Road in southern Lake County: Lake County officials are taking steps to widen the busy street.

     
  • Golden Gate Bridge shuts to install safety barrier Jan 11, 2015 1:01 AM
    The Golden Gate Bridge Highway and Transportation District was allowing pedestrians, cyclists and buses to cross the bridge, which closed to vehicles early Saturday. The bridge is due to reopen at 4 a.m. Monday.

     
  • Drone market resembles Silicon Valley’s early days Jan 10, 2015 2:28 PM
    Mike Abbott, a general partner at Kleiner Perkins, says the real power of drones is the large amount of data they can collect. Even so, he hedges his enthusiasm.“I’d like to think it will be life altering,” Abbott says. “But time will tell.”

     
  • Frozen equipment delays reopening I-94 in Michigan Jan 10, 2015 5:02 PM
    State police Lt. Dale Hinz said towing so many vehicles was “brutal” overnight, with temperatures barely above zero.

     
  • Mulder won’t seek re-election to O’Hare noise commission Jan 9, 2015 10:14 PM
    Former Arlington Heights Mayor Arlene Mulder won’t seek re-election as head of the O’Hare Noise Compatibility Commission. Her decision, announced Friday morning, comes as noise from jets is causing a public uproar in communities affected by a new runway layout. “My life has been busy and devoted to public service and I have put my family ‘on hold’ for 20 years,” Mulder said. “I want to enjoy moments with my husband, children and grandchildren while I am still young and healthy.”

     
  • Icy conditions cause morning I-90 backup Jan 9, 2015 12:36 PM
    Two jackknifed semitrailers blocking eastbound Interstate 90 caused quite a backup during Friday morning’s rush hour with a trail of nearly a dozen spinouts behind them. No major injuries were reported, an Illinois State Police spokesman said.

     
  • Rosemont man killed by cop got settlement with Illinois Tollway Jan 8, 2015 7:22 PM
    The Rosemont man shot and killed Wednesday who previously made headlines for sleeping on a state job reached an out-of-court settlement last year after suing the Illinois Tollway, officials said Thursday. Joseph Caffarello filed a nine-count federal lawsuit against the Tollway, Tollway Inspector General James Wagner and State Rep. Rita Mayfield in November 2013 after being fired for a third time from his job after he was caught napping by co-workers.

     
  • O’Hare Noise Advisory Committee to meet Jan 8, 2015 11:58 AM
    The first meeting of the O’Hare Airport Noise Advisory Committee will take place Thursday, Feb. 12, at 7 p.m. at Park Ridge City Hall, 505 Butler Place.

     
  • Wheeling police issue 200-plus citations over holidays Jan 7, 2015 6:12 PM
    Wheeling police charged one driver with drunken driving and issued more than 200 citations in a traffic enforcement campaign over the holidays, authorities said Wednesday.

     
  • Lawmakers question Metra on Wi-Fi, universal fares Jan 7, 2015 6:20 PM
    Lawmakers pushed Metra leaders to explain foot dragging over a universal fare system and contactless credit card readers during a state hearing Wednesday.

     
  • Indiana reminds travelers of county travel advisory map Jan 6, 2015 6:22 AM
    Associated Press INDIANAPOLIS — With a winter storm arriving in Indiana, the Indiana Department of Homeland Security is reminding motorists they can check road conditions with the Indiana County Travel Advisory Map. The map is updated with information from the county emergency management agencies and describes the local travel condition and whether they warrant a warning, watch, advisory and caution. The map is available online or on mobile devices by downloading the Indiana Travel Advisory app for iPhone in the App Store, and Android in the Google Play Store. The National Weather Service predicted as much as 7 inches of snow would fall on parts of northern Indiana by midday Tuesday.

     
  • Pyke: More airline charges, gas tax hike top 2015 transit predictions Jan 5, 2015 5:22 AM
    Momentum for a western terminal at O'Hare. A new train line in the Loop. Airlines charging for aisle seats. And expansion of sales or gas taxes in Illinois to pay for transportation. Three experts predict what to expect on the transportation front in 2015.

     
  • ‘Operation Click’ getting results among teens Jan 5, 2015 1:52 PM
    Operation Click, the incentive-based program to encourage high schoolers to buckle up while driving, reports that nearly every Northwest suburban school reporting has 93 percent seat belt usage, or higher, by students.

     
  • Chicago man dies in fatal commuter train accident Jan 5, 2015 6:08 AM
    A 31-year-old Chicago man has died after being struck by a commuter train in the Uptown neighborhood on the city’s North Side. Authorities say Quinton Davis was hit by a Chicago Transit Authority Red Line train at the Argyle stop early Sunday morning. He was taken to a local hospital, where he later died. Chicago Police News Affairs Officer Hector Alfaro says the death is being investigated. He says it’s unclear how Davis ended up on the tracks. An autopsy is scheduled Monday at the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office.

     
  • Metra hopes to avoid missteps of 2014 polar vortex Jan 6, 2015 9:07 AM
    Is Metra ready for Polar Vortex II? Even if it's a lesser version of the big chill of 2014, riders are concerned about a meltdown following delays Monday with snow forecast for today. CEO Don Orseno said the agency is as ready as it can be.

     
  • Illinois girl, 7, survives plane crash, hikes for help Jan 3, 2015 7:41 PM
    The girl had a broken wrist, but was coherent and calm when interviewed by authorities, Kentucky State Police Sgt. Brent White said. White and Larry Wilkins both described the terrain she walked through as heavily wooded with thick brush. White said the girl traversed two embankments, a hill and a creek bed. Wilkins said the temperatures were below 40 degrees when the girl showed up at his door.

     
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