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  • Metra board approves 10.8 percent fare hike Nov 14, 2014 2:28 PM
    Metra leaders Friday approved an average 10.8 percent fare hike that will pay employees more and buy essential equipment but won’t deliver any extras such as more express trains or additional weekend and late-night service. Board Director John Zediker of Naperville suggested halving the increase. “Clearly, we can’t balance everything on the backs of the riders” he said.

     
  • Editorial: Doubts cloud proposed Metra fare increases Nov 13, 2014 5:01 AM
    Skeptics wondering if Metra's fare hike proposal is too high can point to salary increases given to Metra employees in the last year as one example supporting their case, a Daily Herald editorial says.

     
  • New legislation could help with O'Hare plane noise Nov 13, 2014 5:32 AM
    A group of DuPage County Board members learned the county could help residents suffering from O'Hare plane noise by supporting a proposed state law change and lobbying Chicago to update O'Hare's noise compatibility plan. “Any advocacy the county can provide would be greatly appreciated,” Bensenville Village Manager Mike Cassady said.

     
  • Kane likely to help get I-90 interchange for Hampshire Nov 12, 2014 12:24 PM
    Kane County might contribute $300,000 toward getting a partial interchange at Interstate 90 and Brier Hill Road near Hampshire.The county board transportation committee heard a proposal Wednesday from the Hampshire village president. It will vote on a formal resolution in December. The money would be used to pay for the first two phases of engineering, which is estimated to cost $1.95 million.

     
  • Crash on eastbound I-90 leading to traffic delays Nov 12, 2014 10:35 AM
    A crash on eastbound I-90 near Mannheim Road is causing traffic to back up past the Arlington Heights Road exit. The accident is blocking the right lane at mile marker 76.7, according to the Illinois Tollway Trip 90 twitter account.

     
  • Public gets chance to comment on Route 53/120 corridor Nov 12, 2014 7:36 PM
    The first of two public input sessions regarding the Route 53/120 corridor land use plan in Lake County was held Wednesday in Grayslake. "We want to hear from pleplle -- what do they care about -- and make sure we consider that in our planning process," said one of the project's planners.

     
  • Metra employees get raises averaging 15% as agency eyes fare hikes Nov 11, 2014 5:31 AM
    Metra riders are teetering on the brink of a huge fare increase in a year noncontract employees' salaries rose 15 percent on average compared to 2013. "We have to invest in our employees that are unique to the railroad. Underinvesting in our workforce costs us money.” Chief Executive Officer Don Orseno said. But some riders are steamed.

     
  • Route 53/120 open house Wednesday in Grayslake Nov 11, 2014 5:52 PM
    The first of two open house workshops regarding the Route 53/120 Corridor Land Use Plan, which is currently in development, will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 12, at the Byron Colby Barn at Prairie Crossing, 1561 Jones Point Road, Grayslake. The corridor study is intended to create a plan for land use, open space, local transportation, and economic development within a two-mile buffer of the proposed 53/120 tollway.

     
  • What’s Rauner’s take on transit, tollway? Nov 10, 2014 5:00 AM
    What's Bruce Rauner's stand on the things that really matter to commuters -- like tolls and Metra delays? We'll time travel back to the primary where the guarded governor-elect shed some light on his transportation goals, and ask experts to predict the future. Plus new Pace service to Blackhawks games.

     
  • Airline food processing plant proposed in Des Plaines Nov 7, 2014 6:10 PM
    Starting next year, your in-flight meals may be coming from the kitchens of a new state-of-the-art facility in Des Plaines. International Airport Centers Chicago LLC plans to build a $11.4 million, 130,000-square-foot manufacturing and warehouse facility at 200 E. Touhy Ave. on the city’s southwest side.

     
  • Mt. Prospect OKs Rand Road transportation study Nov 7, 2014 4:47 PM
    Mount Prospect will spend up to $125,000 to study the Rand Road corridor. All but 20 percent of the funds will come through a grant from the Regional Transportation Authority. It will examine transportation patterns as they relate to cars, bicycles, pedestrians and public transportation.

     
  • Ex-O’Hare chaplain implicated in church sex abuse files Nov 6, 2014 8:48 PM
    Jack Keough left the priesthood in the 1980s to marry an airline stewardess in Las Vegas, and has been living in the Seattle area since then. It wasn’t until 2002 when child sex abuse allegations surfaced from Keough’s past, related to his tenure as associate pastor at Our Lady of Hope Parish in Des Plaines, according to documents released Thursday by the archdiocese.

     
  • Metra riders not onboard with fare hike Nov 7, 2014 5:11 AM
    Some commuters spoke their minds about a proprosed 14 percent hike to Metra monthly passes and other fare increases at a Thursday hearing. Metra leaders are expected to vote Nov. 14 on whether to approve the 2015 budget, which includes an average hike of 10.8 percent.

     
  • VIDEO: Watch plane’s rough landing as winds turn it at O’Hare Nov 6, 2014 5:25 PM
    ABC 7 Chicago obtained a video clip of a passenger plane struggling to land in the high winds over O’Hare International Airport.

     
  • Metra trains to Western suburbs delayed Nov 6, 2014 5:56 PM
    Trains traveling to Geneva, West Chicago, La Fox, and Elburn are operating approximately 15-60 minutes behind schedule due to an earlier collision with a semitrailer truck.

     
  • Federal rail chief returning to Chicago for policy job Nov 6, 2014 5:18 PM
    The U.S. government’s railroad chief is leaving his post and returning to Illinois in January to take up a policy position with the Chicago area’s regional planning organization.

     
  • Open house on Old McHenry Road plan: Nov 6, 2014 4:54 PM
    A public hearing to discuss the proposed improvements to Old McHenry Road through Long Grove, including the intersection at Robert Parker Coffin Road, will be 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 18, at Kildeer Countryside Elementary School, 3100 Old McHenry Road, Long Grove.

     
  • Voters saying no to O’Hare noise Nov 4, 2014 11:39 PM
    Unofficial election results show DuPage voters resoundingly want noise levels from O’Hare International Airport reduced and more money made available for soundproofing. About 90 percent of voters favor making the airlines reduce flight noise overnight.

     
  • Driving the speed limit on tollway gets angry looks Nov 4, 2014 1:04 PM
    Who drives the speed limit these days? Three drivers — counting me — on a 16-mile stretch of the Jane Addams Tollway I drove at 10:30 a.m. Election Day. I wanted to see what it would be like to drive 55 mph on a stretch of road I take every day, one punctuated by numerous work zones with plenty of work going on.

     
  • Work delayed on high-speed rail near Normal Nov 4, 2014 6:52 PM
    State transportation officials say work on the infrastructure for high-speed rail in central Illinois has been delayed until spring. The timetable has been pushed back because of inclement weather.

     
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