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  • Balloonists land safely in Mexico Jan 31, 2015 2:45 PM
    Troy Bradley of Albuquerque and Leonid Tiukhtyaev of Russia lifted off from Japan Sunday morning, and by Friday, they beat what’s considered the “holy grail” of ballooning achievements, the 137-hour duration record set in 1978 by the Double Eagle crew of Ben Abruzzo, Maxie Anderson and Larry Newman in the first balloon flight across the Atlantic. They also easily exceeded the distance record of 5,209 miles set by the Double Eagle V team during the first trans-Pacific flight in 1981.

  • You’re raising my fares! What do I get back? Metra riders ask Jan 30, 2015 9:04 AM
    Wi-Fi now. More proactive conductors. On-time trains. Announcements you can hear. Metra riders on the brink of major fare hikes say they want more for their money than they're getting now. Metra says some things are coming. “We want trains to be on time, too,” a spokesman says in response to riders' questions.

  • You're raising my fares! What do I get back? Metra riders ask Jan 30, 2015 10:03 AM
    Wi-Fi now. More proactive conductors. On-time trains. Announcements you can hear. Metra riders on the brink of major fare hikes say they want more for their money than they're getting now. Metra says some things are coming. “We want trains to be on time, too,” a spokesman says in response to riders' questions.

  • Balloon crew makes history crossing Pacific Ocean Jan 30, 2015 4:55 PM
    By Friday afternoon, the Two Eagles team had been in the air more than 143 hours and was smashing the distance record, having traveled more than 6,000 miles across the Pacific Ocean.“The technology has improved so much in the last couple of years. I don’t think there’s going to be any question about the records,” said Katie Griggs, a regional director with the nonprofit Balloon Federation of America.

  • Can Illinois tollway help save the monarch butterfly? Jan 29, 2015 1:35 PM
    Add milkweed to the Illinois tollway's grocery list as the agency aims to help save the threatened monarch butterfly. But is one person's species saver another person's annoying weed? Officials said they'll be sensitive to communities as well as butterflies.

  • Schaumburg mayor joins national transportation committee Jan 29, 2015 11:37 AM
    Schaumburg Mayor Al Larson has been appointed to the National League of Cities 2015 Transportation and Infrastructure Services Policy and Advocacy Committee. This committee has the lead responsibility for developing the league’s federal policy positions on issues involving transportation.

  • Barrington asking feds to make CN help fund proposed underpass Jan 27, 2015 6:21 PM
    While Barrington officials say they are pleased federal authorities granted their request to extend the monitoring period on Canadian National rail for two more years, they are still waiting to see if the government will force the railroad to pony up $47 million to build an underpass at a Northwest Highway crossing.

  • Storm cancels more flights at O’Hare, Midway Jan 27, 2015 12:23 PM
    Travelers heading to the east coast are being stranded at Chicago area airports due to a massive blizzard blanketing states from New York through Maine. About 280 flights at O’Hare International Airport to the East Coast have been canceled, the Chicago Department of Aviation has reported.

  • Which regional roads offer the least pleasant drives? New site helps you find out Jan 26, 2015 5:30 AM
    Whose Metra station boards the most passengers? How many blocked crossings are there in Chicagoland? How bad is congestion in the region? The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning offers some funky, new interactive data that answers those questions and more.

  • Pyke: Snow-covered paths leave cyclists, walkers on thin ice Jan 26, 2015 8:59 AM
    When it snows, drivers expect plowed streets as soon as possible -- and usually get them. Bikers and pedestrians, however, have to slog through snow-covered paths. “In general, walking and biking are treated as second-class forms of transportation,” said Ron Burke, executive director of the Active Transportation Alliance, a regional pedestrian/cyclist advocacy group.

  • Freezing rain warning; storm out east snarls flights Jan 27, 2015 5:34 AM
    If you're hoping to fly to the East Coast in the next day or two, good luck. Hundreds of flights out of O'Hare and Midway airports were canceled in anticipation of a powerful blizzard heading toward the East Coast. A freezing rain advisory also has been issued, and inbound I-290 lanes were closed for a couple of hours between Wolf and Mannheim roads because of ice.

  • Mount Prospect weighs easing turn restrictions at Millers Lane Jan 25, 2015 4:19 PM
    When Mount Prospect’s Millers Station subdivision was built in 1993, concerns from residents led village officials to ban turns out of the neighborhood onto Central Road. Now, more than 20 years later, that could change.

  • Advisory group gives paws-up to (portable) pets on Metra Jan 24, 2015 7:31 AM
    Yorkies, yes. Great Danes, no. If you've got a quiet, small, well-behaved pet who's a rail fan, rejoice. Metra is primed to vote on allowing pets on trains under limited circumstances.

  • Hoffman Estates offers rules of road class Feb. 2 Jan 23, 2015 6:06 PM
    The Village of Hoffman Estates Commission for Senior Citizens will host a “Rules of the Road” course for seniors from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 2, in the Department of Health and Human Services’ conference room at village hall, 1900 Hassell Road. Review safe driving techniques and learn what to expect when you go to renew your license.

  • Could commuters use closed DuPage Children's Museum parking? Jan 22, 2015 11:52 AM
    The water damage that is forcing the DuPage Children's Museum to close until at least April could end up benefiting some Naperville commuters. The museum at 301 N. Washington St. has been shuttered since Jan. 9 after a water main burst and caused flooding on all three floors of the building near the downtown Naperville Metra station. Officials announced last week that repairs at the facility will take months.

  • Local Republican tries to do away with red-light cameras Jan 22, 2015 6:01 PM
    A suburban Republican wants to do away with the state law that allows red-light cameras to spy on drivers. State Rep. David McSweeney, a Barrington Hills Republican, introduced the legislation following reports that cameras in Chicago didn’t help intersections become safer.

  • O'Hare takes back busiest airport title Jan 22, 2015 7:28 AM
    Take that Atlanta. Official tallies from the FAA crown O'Hare as the nation's busiest airport in 2014. The title had belonged to Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

  • Tollway looks to hire minority contractors Jan 21, 2015 9:24 PM
    Despite uncertainties about Gov. Rauner's plans for tollway leadership, you can count on one thing Jane Addams commuters - road work this summer. But as the tollway continues a massive construction program, concerns emerged about including more black contractors.

  • Local input up next for Route 53 finance recommendations Jan 21, 2015 5:37 AM
    Potential ways to pay for the long-discussed extension of Route 53 into central Lake County moved another step toward a final recommendation. A roster of suggestions including a 4-cent-per-gallon gas tax, a so-called “value capture” on new commercial development near the proposed tollroad, and new and increased tolls on I-94.

  • River Road to reopen in Lake Barrington: Jan 20, 2015 4:20 PM
    Work continues near the intersection of Roberts and River roads in Lake Barrington with the expected opening of River Road by the end of the week, weather permitting.

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