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  • Villa Park seeks road money to ‘start investing in our town’ Oct 12, 2014 7:00 AM
    Villa Park voters are being asked to approve a tax increase to allow the village to borrow $23 million over 20 years to reconstruct and/or resurface 20 miles of streets.

     
  • Mt. Prospect paying much more for road salt Oct 12, 2014 7:30 AM
    Mount Prospect will have to pay more than 40 percent more for road salt this year, which could prove costly if this winter is like the last with its near record snowfall. The village board has agreed to a contract with Morton Salt to provide salt at the state’s joint purchasing unit price of $75.79 per ton, at a cost not to exceed $409,266 unless approved by the village board.

     
  • Editorial: Metra still has much selling to do on fare-hike plan Oct 12, 2014 5:13 PM
    A Daily Herald editorial says the idea of updating Metra's rolling stock has merit, but the idea of huge fare increases to support it require a lot of specifics and a lot of study and new board members must take their oversight roles seriously.

     
  • Suspect in subway shooting held on $2 million bail Oct 10, 2014 8:31 PM
    A Cook County judge ordered a man accused of shooting at a Chicago subway train held on $2 million bail. The Chicago Sun-Times reports that 25-year-old Lorenzo Jones of Chicago appeared in court Friday on felony charges of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, aggravated assault with the discharge of a firearm and possession of a stolen firearm. The incident happened Thursday on an underground platform in the city’s financial district. Nobody was injured, but passengers on the Blue Line train reported hearing several shots as they pulled into the station. Jones was arrested a short time later on the street. Police say the gun was recovered.

     
  • Lawmakers aren’t embracing Metra fare increases Oct 10, 2014 6:34 PM
    State lawmakers' reaction to 10 years of Metra fare hikes averaging a total of 68 percent ranged from dubious to cautious support. “Before there is a decision to raise fares, the first thing is to let us know where you are willing to cut, and they have not articulated that,” said state Rep. Jack Franks, a Marengo Democrat who has been critical of Metra in the past.

     
  • Does the gov’t have the power to order airport Ebola screenings? Oct 10, 2014 10:24 AM
    The Obama administration’s plans to screen certain airline passengers for exposure to Ebola are based on the Constitution and long-established legal authority that would almost certainly stand up in court if challenged, public health experts say. Though airline passengers may find it intrusive to have their temperature taken or directed against their wishes to seek medical care, the government has wide power when it comes to public health and border control, experts say, including quarantine and isolation.

     
  • Illiana gets go-ahead from planning board Oct 9, 2014 7:20 PM
    The plot thickens in the Illiana Expressway battle with a throwndown between what are supposedly two wonky planning boards. The Metropolitan Planning Organization endorsed the much maligned expressway, which could mean the end of the road for opposition.

     
  • Airport screening for Ebola: 5 things to know Oct 9, 2014 9:10 AM
    The Obama administration announced Wednesday that airline passengers arriving from the three West African countries experiencing an unprecedented Ebola outbreak will now be screened for potential exposure to the deadly disease when they arrive at five major U.S. airports, including O’Hare. Here are five things you need to know about the screenings.

     
  • Chicago man charged in subway train shooting Oct 10, 2014 8:35 AM
    Authorities have charged a man who they say used an assault rifle to fire at a Chicago subway train as it pulled into a business district station. The Chicago Sun-Times reports 25-year-old Lorenzo Jones was charged Thursday with four felony counts including aggravated unlawful use of a weapon.

     
  • Metra asks for 68 percent fare hike over 10 years Oct 10, 2014 10:33 AM
    Although a final vote isn’t until November, a majority of Metra leaders committed to a proposal to raise fares an average of 10.8 percent in 2015 followed by increases averaging 4.8 percent in each of the next nine years in exchange for the promise of better, more reliable service. The fare hike is “not a done deal,” Chairman Martin Oberman said. “We’re going on record saying, ‘This is what we need.’”

     
  • Peterson Road widening project continues in Libertyville, Grayslake Oct 8, 2014 6:17 PM
    The $10.8 million Lake County road construction project on Peterson Road continues in portions of Grayslake and Libertyville. The work will widen Peterson Road to four lanes with left-turn lanes at intersections from near Harris Road to west of Route 83.

     
  • Chicago aldermen want Ebola screening at airports Oct 8, 2014 4:04 PM
    Two Chicago aldermen want international passengers arriving at the city’s two airports screened for the Ebola virus and other infectious diseases. Aldermen Edward Burke and Michael Zalewski introduced an ordinance Wednesday that would require screening facilities at Midway and O’Hare.

     
  • Illiana Expressway rejected by planners, but can they be overruled? Oct 8, 2014 8:00 PM
    The Chicago Metropolitan Agency Planning board voted this morning to reject the Illiana Expressway in its long-range plan. The embattled project has been called a boondoggle by critics. However, the 10-4 vote was not a sufficient supermajority, raising the question of whether it can be overruled on Thursday.

     
  • Significant delays again at O’Hare and Midway Oct 6, 2014 8:21 PM
    Significant delays at O'Hare and Midway International Airports resurfaced Monday afternoon. The FAA reported delays of more than one hour at O'Hare. It's a setback after the agency was gaining ground on problems following sabotage Sept. 26 to a vital air traffic control center.

     
  • Why aren’t O’Hare and Midway back to normal after sabotage? Oct 6, 2014 9:28 AM
    Why are flights still cancelled and delayed at O'Hare and Midway in the aftermath of a Sept. 26 sabotage at an air traffic control center in Aurora? We'll answer that question, plus give you a gridlock alert and an Illiana update.

     
  • Butterfield Road crossing work: Oct 4, 2014 1:01 AM
    Butterfield Road will close at 6 a.m. Monday, Oct. 6, at the railroad crossing just south of Route 60 in Mundelein for a repair project.

     
  • O’Hare noise complaints in August more than 10 times last year’s Oct 4, 2014 5:22 PM
    Noise complaints continue to climb in communities affected by new flight patterns at O'Hare International Airport, data released the city of Chicago indicates.

     
  • Lawmakers pledge to work with FAA after tour in Aurora Oct 3, 2014 9:09 PM
    FAA Administrator Michael Huerta and lawmakers surveyed the damage caused by arson and sabotage at an air traffic control faciilty in Aurora. Legislators promised more funding for a better Plan B, but a complete contingency plan is problematic.

     
  • Wheeling airport spending $6.3 million on runway safety Oct 3, 2014 12:31 PM
    The Chicago Executive Airport will use a recently-announced $6.3 million grant to complete safety-related improvements on its main runway. The funds will pay for the installation of an Engineered Materials Arresting System at the north end of the runway used by jet aircraft. A similar improvement is already underway at the runway’s south end and should be complete by late October, says Jamie Abbott, the airport’s executive director.

     
  • Editorial: Kill the Illiana, this time for good Oct 3, 2014 9:25 AM
    A Daily Herald editorial urges planners to put a stop to discussion of the unnecessary billion-dollar Illiana tollway.

     
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