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  • W. Chicago intersection to get $9.4 million upgrade Sep 10, 2014 4:46 PM
    A busy intersection in West Chicago is scheduled to get a roughly $9.4 million makeover next year to improve the flow of traffic between Kane and DuPage counties. DuPage County Board members this week approved an agreement with the Illinois Department of Transportation for intersection improvements and traffic signal modernization at Fabyan Parkway and Route 38.

     
  • Motorcycle fatalities down statewide Sep 9, 2014 5:03 PM
    Motorcycle fatalities decreased by nearly 30 percent so far in 2014, according to Illinois Department of Transportation data. Sixty motorcycle riders were killed between January and July of this year, compared to 84 fatalities during the same time period in 2013.

     
  • McHenry County drops controversial intersection plan Sep 9, 2014 5:55 PM
    McHenry County officials have dropped a controversial idea to build a continuous-flow intersection at Algonquin and Randall roads for improved traffic flow. The McHenry County Board now will consider a more conventional intersection improvement proposal that includes adding through and turn lanes and limiting access points at its Sept. 16 meeting. The move comes after months of lobbying by businesses and property owners along the Randall Road corridor and by officials in Lake in the Hills, who opposed the CFI idea because it would have required a major redesign of that intersection. “This new proposal for a conventional intersection ... I think it’s a splendid solution to a problem that is real and does need to be fixed,” Lake in the Hills Village President Paul Mulcahy said.

     
  • Long Grove debating whether to renovate or replace iconic covered bridge Sep 9, 2014 12:33 PM
    Long Grove’s more than 100-year-old covered bridge is so attached to the village that its image is part of the official government logo. But the one-lane bridge’s poor condition has sparked talk about a replacement over Buffalo Creek. “It’s historic, which makes it charming and part of historic Long Grove, but we have to be concerned about the bridge that’ll carry forth into the future,” Village President Angie Underwood said.

     
  • Road project delayed by bat mating season Sep 8, 2014 4:39 PM
    When bat-mating season coincides with construction season in Illinois, the bats win. The expansion of Route 2 from two to four lanes in northwestern Illinois is being delayed by amorous bats.

     
  • Despite 2009 law, pedestrians still in danger crossing streets Sep 8, 2014 12:54 PM
    If you were thinking the Must Stop for Pedestrians law, passed in 2009, would make crosswalks safer for those on foot, you'd be wrong, according to a recent survey. What? You never heard of the law? Then read this, before you kill somebody.

     
  • Truckers cited in state police portable scale operation on Lake-Cook border Sep 8, 2014 2:52 PM
    Five truck drivers received citations for overweight violations through a portable scale operation on the border of Lake and Cook counties Monday, according to Illinois State Police. Officials said the mobile scale detail ran from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. on westbound Lake-Cook Road at Rand Road.

     
  • Experts to address Route 53 extension Sep 8, 2014 5:28 PM
    A panel of experts will discuss the proposed Route 53 extension from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 10 at the Buffalo Grove Park District Alcott Center, 530 Bernard Drive, Buffalo Grove.

     
  • Authorities: Woman in I-294 crash was on probation for another DUI Sep 8, 2014 4:55 PM
    A Mount Prospect woman who authorities say was driving drunk Saturday when she struck and injured eight people on the Tri-State Tollway had been sentenced to probation just days earlier on a separate DUI charge. Leslie W. Thurow, 59, is being held without bond for violating terms of her probation as a result of the crash that critically injured an Illinois state trooper who was conducting a traffic stop on I-294.

     
  • Pyke: Is it illegal to ride your bike on a sidewalk? Sep 8, 2014 7:45 AM
    Why do bicyclists hog sidewalks? When will the weeds on the Eisenhower Expressway be mowed? And what's being done with the cash CN Railway provided for safety improvements on the EJ&E? Readers ask, and we answer your pressing transportation questions. Plus traffic tips and can't-miss events.

     
  • Police seizures of cash rise, fueled by private training firms Sep 7, 2014 2:01 AM
    Behind the rise in seizures is a little-known cottage industry of private police-training firms that teach the techniques of “highway interdiction” to departments across the country.One of those firms created a private intelligence networkthat enabled police nationwide to share detailed reports about American motorists -- criminals and the innocent alike -- including their Social Security numbers, addresses and identifying tattoos, as well as hunches about which drivers to stop.

     
  • Deer tie up traffic on Golden Gate bridge Sep 6, 2014 2:06 PM
    Authorities say a pair of deer on the Golden Gate bridge snarled traffic in and out of San Francisco during the evening commute.

     
  • Input sought on Cook County transportation plan Sep 5, 2014 6:30 PM
    Cook County officials have placed kiosks around the county to solicit public input on a long-range transportation plan. The kiosks will be located through September at Chicago State University, Blue Island Library, Humboldt Park, Welles Park, Chicago Public Library-Garfield Ridge and Streamwood Park District.

     
  • Semi overturns on Route 59 in Hoffman Estates Sep 5, 2014 10:58 PM
    A semi-trailer truck was overturned on Route 59 over the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway in Hoffman Estates Friday afternoon. Other than acknowledging the accident, further information was not immediately available from the Hoffman Estates police or fire departments.

     
  • ‘Living in a war zone:’ Residents, mayors blast O’Hare noise Sep 5, 2014 5:35 PM
    A rowdy crowd couldn't squeeze into a meeting on O'Hare noise Friday. But those who got a seat - including mayors and alderman - gave the FAA and city of Chicago an earful about noise from jets, new flight patterns, pollution and waits on the complaint phone line.

     
  • Improvements planned for Libertyville road streetscape Sep 4, 2014 5:30 AM
    The next segment in Libertyville's continuing streetscape improvement along Peterson Road will shift to the east where recently completed road work affected businesses for the past two construction season. "We're trying to add some attraction to the corridor for those who commute and frequent the businesses," said Heather Rowe, the village's economic development coordinator.

     
  • Metra spent $1.3 million to oust former chief Alex Clifford Sep 4, 2014 6:37 PM
    The hot-button separation agreement with Metra's ex-CEO Alex Clifford comes to about $1.3 million, the agency revealed today. About half is salary and benfits but another half went to lawyers and consultants. Clifford exited in 2013 amid a patronage scandal that brought down two former board chairman.

     
  • Suburban lawmakers press to speed up O’Hare noise review Sep 3, 2014 7:25 PM
    A trio of lawmakers put more pressure on the FAA to update how it measures airplane noise, claiming current standards are outdated and unreliable. The move comes amid complaints from residents in the new O'Hare flight pattern.

     
  • Lawsuit filed against bus company, driver, in O’Hare crash Sep 3, 2014 6:02 PM
    A Waukegan woman has filed a personal injury lawsuit against the company and the driver of a bus involved in a crash at O’Hare International Airport.Talipha Charles, 52, was one of 14 passengers on a shuttle bus that crashed Friday morning into a concrete median on I-190 near the terminals at O’Hare, according to a news release from Clifford Law Offices of Chicago.

     
  • Aurora closing Highland Avenue for three weeks Sep 2, 2014 2:02 PM
    A stretch of Highland Avenue in Aurora will be closed for roughly three weeks beginning Wednesday, Sept. 3, between Prairie Street and Kensington Place as crews work to replace storm sewers.

     
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