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  • Editorial: Metra report shows the politics still gripping Illinois Sep 24, 2014 1:01 AM
    A report finally released details the iinfluence a powerful politician can have behind the scenes in Illinois government, a Daily Herald editorial says.

  • New Rollins Road to open to traffic but drivers will face detours Sep 23, 2014 4:58 PM
    For the first time in years, drivers on Rollins Road at Route 83 in Round Lake Beach won't be stuck by commuter and freight trains. Traffic is scheduled to be shifted Thursday to a newly constucted Rollins Road that runs beneath a railroad bridge.

  • Secret Metra report reveals internal views of patronage allegations Sep 23, 2014 10:12 AM
    A report the former Metra chairman promised would clear his name after ex-CEO Alex Clifford accused agency leaders of condoning political pressure raises more questions than it answers. The document the Daily Herald received after a FOIA battle reveals some details about a Mike Madigan ally's push to get a raise and more of the poisonous atmosphere at Metra in 2013.

  • Are other fare options on Metra’s horizons? Sep 19, 2014 5:28 PM
    A Metra one-year pass? It's a possibility, officials said Friday, adding they want to explore different fare structures. Meanwhile, despite a state mandate for a universal fare card Jan. 1, don't expect your Ventra card to subsitute for a 10-ride pass anytime soon.

  • Resurfacing on Route 137 Sep 19, 2014 4:49 PM
    Resurfacing will begin Monday, weather permitting, on Route 137 (Buckley Road) between Routes 45 and 83 (Ivanhoe Road) in Grayslake.

  • Rauner not a fan of gambling, airport slots Sep 18, 2014 7:23 PM
    Republican candidate for governor Bruce Rauner said Thursday he’s not a fan of gambling or a plan to put slot machines at Chicago’s international airports, but he wouldn’t stand in the way of adding casinos if local communities support it.

  • Route 30/Dugan Road changes laid out for Sugar Grove officials Sep 17, 2014 4:28 PM
    The state is planning some changes to the intersection of Route 30 and Dugan Road in Sugar Grove, to make it safer and reduce traffic backups. The village board learned about the design Tuesday.

  • Schaumburg considers limits for roadside memorials Sep 17, 2014 5:30 AM
    Roadside memorials often follow in the wake of suburban traffic fatalities, but regulation of them is rare throughout the region. After much discussion Tuesday, Schaumburg trustees opted to recommend a 90-day time limit on such memorials. “I don’t see a tattered flag as being very attentive,” one resident said.

  • Toll takers to get raises, but toll-free perk uncertain Sep 17, 2014 9:13 PM
    Toll collectors are expected to receive salary increases of 8 percent over three years, but whether the perk of commuting to work toll-free is continued remains unknown.

  • Tollway’s video swan song for Des Plaines Oasis Sep 17, 2014 7:30 PM
    The Des Plaines oasis is gone but tollway officials commemorated its passing with a time-lapse video showing what it takes to remove multiple glass panels and 22 concrete beams over a major interstate.

  • Editorial: Key words on crosswalk law: Educate, enforce Sep 16, 2014 8:10 AM
    A Daily Herald editorial said work is needed to educated drivers about a five-year-old crosswalk law that was designed to protect pedestrians. A recent survey shows it is a mystery to most drivers.

  • Aurora’s Rural Street closing for 10 days Sep 16, 2014 4:29 PM
    A portion of Rural Street near Ohio Street on Aurora’s near east side will be closed for 10 days while Nicor relocates gas mains, officials said Tuesday. Traffic will be detoured along Sheffer Road to Austin Avenue, officials said, and motorists should expect delays during the project.

  • More River Road construction starting soon Sep 16, 2014 6:28 PM
    A long-planned reconstruction of a segment of River Road in Des Plaines is expected to start once utility poles are relocated, city officials said. The city council this week authorized the $13.4 million rebuilding of River Road from Fargo Avenue to just south of Henry Avenue.

  • Warning light forces emergency landing at Midway Sep 16, 2014 8:08 PM
    A Southwest Airlines flight from Chicago to New York made an emergency landing Tuesday after an engine warning light came on in the cockpit, an airline spokeswoman said.

  • Geneva wants Route 31 cut to three lanes Sep 16, 2014 6:43 PM
    Geneva wants the southern leg of Route 31, now a four-lane road, reconfigured as a three-land road with bicycle lanes, when the state resurfaces it next year. The concept, nicknamed a "road diet," would make it easier for pedestrians to cross, easier for bicyclists to ride on the road, and slow the speed of traffic.

  • Michigan plans to upgrade Detroit-Chicago Amtrak route Sep 15, 2014 5:14 PM
    The Michigan Senate has cleared the way for the state to upgrade the speed and comfort of Amtrak services between Detroit and Chicago.

  • Chicago Executive gets $6.4 million grant Sep 15, 2014 5:36 PM
    Chicago Executive Airport in Wheeling and Prospect Heights will get nearly $6.4 million in federal funds for infrastructure improvements and upgrades, to "enhance operational safety on the airport’s primary runway," according to a news release.

  • Pyke: O'Hare noise complaints are up, FAA's holding firm. What's Plan B? Sep 15, 2014 9:57 AM
    As noise complaints from communities affected by new O'Hare flight paths fly off the charts, one thing's remained constant: the Federal Aviation Administration's approach. Despite pressure from lawmakers and outrage from residents, the agency isn't backing down or deviating from standard operating procedures.

  • Northbound Rand Road down to one lane in Kildeer Sep 12, 2014 5:31 PM
    Officials said northbound Rand Road in Kildeer was down to one lane during the afternoon rush hour due to a gas leak.

  • Route 83 access limited: Sep 11, 2014 5:40 PM
    Left-turn access to northbound and southbound Route 83 from Peterson Road will be prohibited beginning at 6 a.m. Monday, Sept. 15.

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