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  • Route 31 reopens after serious crash in Aurora Dec 3, 2014 6:34 PM
    Route 31 in Aurora has reopened after a serious crash earlier, authorities said. The road was closed in both directions — beginning just after 3 p.m. — between Sullivan Road and Indian Trail and remained closed for more than an hour.

  • Hoffman Estates budgets for bike path patrols Dec 2, 2014 5:30 AM
    A bike path patrol program for preventive maintenance and public safety was literally the last addition to Hoffman Estates’ 2015 budget, which was approved by the village board Monday night. The budget also features some significant and long-deferred capital projects — made possible by the improving economy — without adding a penny to the previous year’s property tax levy amount, Village Manager Jim Norris said.

  • Chicago’s overnight winter parking ban begins Dec 1, 2014 5:54 AM
    Motorists in Chicago are warned that the city’s annual winter overnight parking ban is starting. The city says the ban begins at 3 a.m. on Monday. Last year nearly 240 vehicles were towed on the first day of the ban. The ban will be enforced along 107 miles of critical streets from 3 a.m. to 7 a.m. through March 31. That’s regardless if there is snow on the ground. City officials say the parking ban is needed to make sure critical roads can be plowed and salted if it snows. The city says vehicles in violation of the ban will be towed. Violators will face a minimum $150 towing fee, $60 ticket and $20-per-day storage fee.

  • Cedar Lake Road project to connect to Nippersink trail Dec 1, 2014 5:01 PM
    Lake County transportation and forest preserve officials are working on an agreement involving the reconstruction of Cedar Lake Road north of Route 120 in Round Lake. The project also is expected to provide trail access to the Nippersink Forest Preserve for hundreds of homes in the area.

  • Naperville considering more parking restrictions near downtown Dec 2, 2014 8:47 AM
    Transportation officials in Naperville plan to study whether parking restrictions should be added on streets north and west of the downtown's retail core, where drivers often look for parking when the area is filled with shoppers and diners. “When drivers have no other option during peak times they're drawn to this section of Franklin where we live because it's closest to downtown, and they jam both sides of the street,” Franklin Avenue resident Keith Burton said.

  • Pyke: How gap in Rt. 53 funding may affect drivers Dec 1, 2014 9:46 AM
    Let's talk turkey about the Route 53 extension. Lake County leaders are putting themselves on the line with a controversial gas tax plan that won't even pay half. Meanwhile, the Illinois tollway is coy about whether they'll pick up a huge shortfall. "It's outrageous," one former tollway director says.

  • Falling gas prices a holiday bonus for suburban drivers Dec 2, 2014 11:28 AM
    Gas prices in the suburbs have dropped well below $3 a gallon on average, and they appear poised to move even lower in the weeks ahead. "$2 a gallon could be in the cards,” said one energy analyst. “I don't think anyone would have said that at the beginning of the year, or a month ago, or even a week ago.”

  • Some call security line literally a mile long at Midway Nov 30, 2014 6:25 PM
    Thanksgiving travel took its toll at Chicago’s Midway International Airport, creating unusually long security lines particularly early Sunday morning. travelers were tweeting pictures of the corridors in the airport jammed with people, luggage in tow. Some called it a mile long; journalist Denise Whitaker of KOMO 4 in Seattle said she mapped the line at 1.2 miles long.

  • Illinois Route 66 gets electric charging stations Nov 28, 2014 1:43 PM
    Illinois’ portion of historic Route 66 is getting a high-tech upgrade with the installation of a network of electric vehicle charging stations. The project will allow drivers of electric cars to zoom along the 300-mile stretch from Lake Michigan to the Mississippi River near St. Louis. The $1 million project is being supported by automakers with technical help from the University of California at Davis. Work begins this month and should be finished by summer. “This new project exemplifies Illinois’ place as the innovation capital of the Midwest,” said Gov. Pat Quinn in a news release announcing the project on Saturday. Charging stations will be built in eight cities. From north to south, they are Plainfield, Dwight, Pontiac, Normal, Lincoln, Springfield, Carlinville and Edwardsville. Each stop will have at least one fast-charging station, which can charge up a car within 15 to 20 minutes. Starting in the 1920s, the old U.S. Route 66, also known as the Mother Road, connected Chicago with Santa Monica, California. Though embedded in popular culture, the 2,400-mile road was eventually overtaken by the interstate highway system and was officially decertified in 1985, though most of the original route is still drivable.

  • Minor injuries, light pole toppled in Schaumburg crash Nov 26, 2014 12:16 PM
    Only minor injuries were reported Wednesday morning when two vehicles collided and a light pole was knocked down at the intersection of Irving Park Road and the frontage road of the Elgin-O’Hare Expressway in Schaumburg. An extrication unit was called to the scene of the 10:15 a.m. crash because one of the drivers — an older woman — wasn’t able to open her vehicle’s door on her own.

  • Truck driver struck by Chicago-bound train Nov 25, 2014 4:03 PM
    The driver of a pickup was killed in central Texas when the vehicle was struck by an Amtrak passenger train traveling from San Antonio to Chicago.

  • Thanksgiving holiday halting Route 59 work in Naperville/Aurora Nov 25, 2014 11:28 AM
    Thanksgiving will be a holiday from construction along Route 59 in Naperville and Aurora. Illinois Department of Transportation officials said crews are scheduled to wrap up their work around 3 p.m. Wednesday before taking the entire day off Thursday along the 3.5-mile stretch between Ferry Road and Aurora Avenue/New York Street.

  • Suspicious package leads to temporary train delays Nov 25, 2014 9:34 PM
    What appeared to be a suspicious package on the tracks near the Aurora Metra station temporarily delayed trains on the BNSF line Tuesday, Metra officials said.

  • Picture-perfect Thanksgiving reunions ... and tips for travel trials Nov 25, 2014 7:24 PM
    Joyful and relieved Thanksgiving travelers greeted family at O'Hare International Airport Tuesday. “To have our daughter come in for Thanksgiving from Brooklyn ... it’s one of the top things to have in your life,” one said. But Wednesday is the busiest travel day of the year. Here are some survival tips if your flight is messed up.

  • Driver critically injured after crashing into Streamwood home Nov 25, 2014 2:03 PM
    The driver of a semitrailer remains hospitalized Tuesday after hitting two vehicles on Lake Street and crashing into a townhouse Monday afternoon, Bartlett police said.

  • Proposed sales tax hike would fund transportation projects, more Nov 24, 2014 5:15 AM
    Would you pay 25 cents more on a $100 purchase to put a bridge over the Fox River? Or repair a CTA line? Or build a road near O’Hare to relieve congestion? The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning hopes you will, and is set on convincing lawmakers to raise the regional sales tax to generate $300 million a year for transportation, water and open space projects in northeastern Illinois.

  • FAA avoids taking blame, suggests changes after Aurora sabotage Nov 24, 2014 7:32 PM
    The Federal Aviation Administration was short on blame and heavy on improvements in a report about the aviation meltdown that occurred Sept. 26 after sabotage at a crucial flight control center in Aurora. “We hope never to see an event like this again, but we must be prepared,” agency Administrator Michael Huerta said Monday in a conference call.

  • Ca-CHING: $1.90 in tolls to use 10 miles of future Elgin-O’Hare Nov 20, 2014 9:25 PM
    Would you pay $1.90 to travel 10 miles? That's a question drivers will need to ask themselves when the Elgin O'Hare Expressway extension project nears completion. The Illinois tollway released specifics of the project that involves tolling parts of the expressway that are free now.

  • Huntley’s Amtrak station should be ready November 2015 Nov 20, 2014 5:07 PM
    Amtrak passenger rail service should be up and running from Huntley’s downtown by November 2015, village officials said. The village board recently approved an agreement with the Illinois Department of Transportation to begin construction work. The total project cost is estimated at $3.55 million, with the state reimbursing the village roughly $2.9 million. “This is really the kickoff of the project,” Village Manager Dave Johnson said.

  • Illinois Senate: Make tollway speed limit 70 mph Nov 20, 2014 11:25 AM
    The Illinois Senate sped forward to override Gov. Pat Quinn's veto of legislation that could raise speed limits on tollways to 70 mph. The proposal, from state Sen. Jim Oberweis, a Sugar Grove Republican, follows a new law from last year that raised the speed limits on downstate interstates.

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