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  • Spot check show rampant texting, driving in suburbs Feb 23, 2015 1:28 PM
    Daily Herald staff members staked out 10 busy intersections across the suburbs and spotted more than 1,000 scofflaws in a hour who just couldn't break the connection addiction. "When it comes to information that has value only for a limited amount of time, people feel like they must access it or lose that value,” said Paul Atchley, a University of Kansas professor. “They know it's bad and illegal and they engage in it anyway.”

  • Another winter storm hits East Coast Feb 21, 2015 6:00 PM
    The eastern United States did not have the market cornered on misery, however: A winter storm is threatening to bring 2 feet or more of snow to parts of Colorado by the beginning of the work week. Heavy snow up to 3 inches an hour began falling Saturday on the Front Range.

  • Geneva council asks state to make Route 31 three lanes Feb 19, 2015 1:50 PM
    Geneva is going ahead with its request to the state to change a stretch of Route 31 to a three-lane road, especially since a study of the highway showed most of it is narrower than state guidelines call for.

  • Des Plaines streetlight plans at Lee and Forest move forward Feb 19, 2015 5:08 PM
    Plans to install a traffic signal at the intersection of Lee Street and Forest Avenue in Des Plaines are moving along. The city council this week approved a letter of concurrence with the Illinois Department of Transportation that would allow the state agency to invoke its “quick-take” condemnation powers, should the city reach an impasse in negotiating with any property owner over right-of-way land acquisition.

  • Commuters receive ashes to go at Arlington Heights Metra station Feb 18, 2015 1:46 PM
    Commuters at the Arlington Heights Metra station on Ash Wednesday morning had the opportunity to receive “ashes to go” on a day that marks the start of the Lenten season of penance and prayer for Christians.

  • Transit could lose millions under Rauner budget Feb 19, 2015 10:15 AM
    Gov. Bruce Rauner's budget is posing a lot of questions including whether cuts to public transit could mean fare hikes? The new governor promised reforms and described "waste and inefficiency" in the "complex web that comprises our public transportation structure."

  • ‘Connected cars’ that alert each other, you could be tested on I-90 Feb 18, 2015 6:04 PM
    Is the age of Knight Rider here? Tollway officials hope so. The agency may get involved in a government program to test out "connected cars" that warn drivers of upcoming hazards. But not all officials were on board yet.

  • Expect big headaches getting onto the Eisenhower soon Feb 18, 2015 5:31 AM
    You know how bad it is getting onto the Eisenhower Expressway from the Dan Ryan? Well, it's going to get worse, IDOT warns with a rebuild of the interchange starting in March that involves ramp and lane closures.

  • Planners want Rauner, lawmakers to prioritize transportation Feb 17, 2015 5:45 PM
    Will pothole peeves get the attention of Gov. Bruce Rauner and the general assembly? The Metropolitan Planning Council hopes individual gripes about bad infrastructure will add up to a new capital plan for Illinois. 10"

  • Metra’s line to Aurora is busiest, tardiest line Feb 16, 2015 9:14 AM
    Why is Metra's BNSF line so delay-prone and why is I-355 so expensive? We delve into these questions plus give you readers' picks for the Chicago Auto Show.

  • Suburban men accused of trying to board planes with guns Feb 17, 2015 10:30 AM
    A Lombard man and a Des Plaines man are among three people charged with attempting to take a handgun through security checkpoints at Chicago airports, police say.

  • Metra set to debut app this spring Feb 14, 2015 7:31 AM
    You could be paying for Metra fares on your smartphone by late May -- the date the agency hopes to launch a ticketing app. Metra is seeking volunteers to test a new mobile ticketing app for smartphones that will allow commuters to purchase and display tickets on their screens. “We’re trying to get as diverse a crowd as possible," a Metra spokeswoman said.

  • Dogs on trains? Open question Metra chair says Feb 13, 2015 4:48 PM
    Pets on trains got a "ruff" reception from some Metra riders, which means officials aren't rushing to implement a proposed tryout using carriers for small dogs. Allergies was one concern, said Chairman Marty Oberman who said his Irish wolfhound would never have been a candidate.

  • Lakemoor’s ‘Complete Streets’ initiative recognized by national group Feb 13, 2015 5:30 AM
    Lakemoor has been recognized by a Smart Growth America, which advocates for better planning of transportation related activities, for its "complete streets" policy. "This may be a minor thing for some towns (but) for us, its a big achievement," said Matt Dabrowski, the village's director of community and economic development.

  • Bridge reconstruction ready to resume in Aurora Feb 12, 2015 12:48 PM
    As part of Aurora’s aggressive bridge reconstruction program to modernize the city’s infrastructure and improve safety, construction will resume Feb. 23 on the Indian Trail bridges.

  • Fuel-efficient, sporty, sophisticated: Auto show offers lots of options Feb 12, 2015 7:45 PM
    Whether you’re a car-shy millennial, an urban lumberjack or a family of sophisticated slobs, the Chicago Auto Show has a vehicle for you. That flexibility is warranted in a volatile market where nothing’s taken for granted, including fuel prices, experts said at a Thursday preview. The show opens Saturday at McCormick Place and runs through Feb. 22.

  • Report: 33% of Blackberry Twp. roads in poor shape Feb 10, 2015 11:08 PM
    To keep roads in an average of "fair" condition over the next 20 years, Blackberry Township would need to increase its road maintenance budget by at least $500,000 annually, an engineering consultant told the board Tuesday night.

  • Supercars to the rescue at Chicago Auto Show Feb 9, 2015 5:30 AM
    It's revenge of the supercars at the Chicago Auto Show starting this Saturday. Porsche, Lamborghini and Ferrari will trot out some eye candy for gearheads, but if you lack $200,000, don't worry. There's plenty of affordable models and an outdoor test track this year.

  • Rauner's action could delay Huntley train station project Feb 10, 2015 8:35 AM
    Construction of Huntley's downtown train station for Amtrak service could be delayed with Gov. Bruce Rauner's executive order freezing all major state construction projects pending further review. The $223 million plan to resume Amtrak passenger rail service from Chicago to Rockford was expected to be operational from Huntley's downtown by December.

  • Neighbors, executive airport leaders spar over study Feb 9, 2015 5:30 AM
    A possible expansion of Chicago Exectuive Airport's main runway already has galvanized neighbors who fear the project would bring more noise and level homes. "It’s something that really touched a nerve with the residents," says Laurel Didier, a member of an opposition group. "They need to know that we’re reasonable and we’re not looking to make trouble, but no one wants an airport runway extension."

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