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  • Poll: No agreement on how to pay for highways Aug 5, 2014 7:48 AM
    Six in 10 Americans think the economic benefits of good highways, railroads and airports outweigh the cost to taxpayers. Yet there is scant support for some of the most frequently discussed options for paying for construction of new roads or the upkeep of existing ones, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll.

     
  • Milwaukee District North train kills pedestrian Aug 4, 2014 9:03 PM
    An outbound Metra train on the Milwaukee District North Line struck and killed a pedestrian just before 5 p.m. between the Morton Grove and Golf stations, Metra officials said.

     
  • Metra opposed release of report on fake work logs Aug 4, 2014 5:06 AM
    Despite committing to transparency, Metra opposed making public the state inspector general's probe into fake work logs. The state watchdog's report would only confuse the public, the agency argued. Meanwhile, Metra's hiring of one of the attorneys who investigated it is raising some eyebrows.

     
  • Naperville seeking federal funding for road projects Aug 4, 2014 4:07 PM
    Naperville is pursuing federal funds for three road projects to improve safety and traffic flow. The city is seeking surface transportation program money to widen the North Aurora Road underpass at the Canadian National Railway, pay for a new traffic management system for Washington Street and add new streetlights as part of intersection improvements at Ogden Avenue and Columbia Street.

     
  • Driver struck by Metra train in Round Lake Park expected to recover, while police await toxicology results Aug 3, 2014 5:57 PM
    Round Lake Park police said a driver who was critically injured after he drove around crossing gates and in front of a Metra commuter train early Saturday is now in stable condition after surgery and is expected to recover.

     
  • The Soapbox Aug 3, 2014 8:45 AM
    Daily Herald editors write about the recovering economy in the 'burbs, a touching funeral for a baby, and a state study that seems to lack purpose, among other things.

     
  • Police: Gurnee man hit by train drove around crossing gates Aug 2, 2014 6:42 PM
    Round Lake Park police said a driver is in critical condition after he drove around crossing gates and in front of a Metra commuter train early Saturday. Police Chief George Filenko said tje 46-year-old Gurnee man drove may have been under the influence of alcohol. Area fire departments had to extricate the man from the four-door Oldsmobile Alero.

     
  • Carpentersville woman faces charges in sham marriage case Aug 1, 2014 11:22 AM
    A Carpentersville woman who works as a U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer at O'Hare International Airport is accused of hindering investigation of a sham marriage by federal prosecutors. According to court papers, the woman, Enkhchimeg Ulziibayar Edwards, 36, helped arrange the 2003 marriage of a Mongolian national to an American citizen in order to gain citizenship for the Mongolian. She faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison if convicted.

     
  • Des Plaines woman killed by train founded Splash Dog Aug 1, 2014 7:42 PM
    Amy Thier, the 45-year-old founder of Splash Dog Inc. in Des Plaines, was riding her bicycle home to play with her own dogs during her hourlong break Thursday evening when she was accidentally struck and killed by an express Metra train near the Cumberland depot on Northwest Highway. “She was just the greatest person in the world,” her tearful husband Leo recalled in front of their Des Plaines home Friday. “She had the biggest heart.”

     
  • Route 31 western bypass in Algonquin nears completion Aug 2, 2014 7:25 AM
    As the Route 31 western bypass in Algonquin nears completion, village officials say they are excited about the roadway’s impact on downtown businesses and the potential for future development. The $33.3 million project includes construction of more than two miles of a four-lane highway allowing traffic to bypass the downtown area at Routes 31 and 62. Work is expected to be completed by mid-August. “This is the biggest infrastructure improvement in McHenry County ever,” Algonquin Village President John Schmitt said of the bridge that bears his name.

     
  • Who made the decision to fly Ebola victims to Atlanta? Aug 1, 2014 4:12 PM
    The announcement that at least one of these Ebola sufferers will be flown to Atlanta didn’t mention who made the decision. It seems not to have been a high federal official, because the jet being used is a private charter. And just hours before it took off from Georgia, Tom Frieden, the CDC director, was talking with journalists and gave no hint of the impending action.

     
  • POW memorial moves to O’Hare tollway oasis Jul 31, 2014 7:21 PM
    A solemn ceremony marked the arrival of two memorials at the O'Hare tollway oasis Thursday. The closing of the Des Plaines oasis forced one of the memorials, honoring missing soldiers, to make the move to the rest stop near the airport. "With the nostalgia that went with the Des Plaines oasis, we also have a new beginning here," tollway board Chair Paula Wolff said.

     
  • Durbin wants feds to check out Canadian National delays on EJ&E Jul 31, 2014 7:22 PM
    Sen. Dick Durbin wants federal railroad regulators to scrutinize delays along the CN tracks through the suburbs, saying traffic problems caused by blocked crossings on the former EJ&E line recently were the worst since CN took over.

     
  • Victim identified in bike-train crash Jul 31, 2014 10:46 PM
    Cyclist Amy Carolyn Thier was killed on Thursday night after being hit by a Metra train near the Cumberland stop in Des Plaines. The accident happened shortly before 6 p.m. and involved a train that was outbound from Chicago, said Michael Gillas, spokesman for Metra.

     
  • Warren Township High School to parents: Don’t fight construction traffic to bring students to school Jul 31, 2014 10:48 AM
    Parents are being advised to skip driving their children to Warren Township High School’s freshmen-sophomore campus because of traffic jams expected from nearby road work in Gurnee. Officials say they expect it’ll be difficult getting to the O’Plaine Road campus because of the building’s proximity to reconstruction of the Grand Avenue bridge over the Des Plaines River.

     
  • Railroad crossing work to close Route 120 in Grayslake Jul 31, 2014 5:16 AM
    Busy Route 120 just west of Route 83 in Grayslake will be closed for 10 days beginning Monday, Aug. 4, for rail crossing repairs. The lengthy detour for drivers will be Alleghany Road to Peterson Road to Route 83. "I usually try to avoid 120 anyway," said Grayslake resident Amy Shriberg.

     
  • Towns pursue O'Hare noise ballot questions Jul 31, 2014 5:41 AM
    Several towns near O'Hare International Airport want to send a loud and clear message about their concerns with noise caused by flight pattern changes. The communities, including Bensenville, Itasca and Wood Dale, are acting to place advisory questions on the Nov. 4 ballot about the level of noise at O'Hare.

     
  • How the Route 53/120 extension could be funded Jul 30, 2014 5:10 AM
    The education portion is over and the hands-on work of securing numbers for potential ways to pay for a Route 53/120 extension is underway. A panel charged with making recommendations to the Illinois State Toll Highway Authority designated three groups to deal with questions involving new tolls or a gas tax in Lake County, for example, raising funds from new development and paying for a required environmental fund.

     
  • Editorial: Stay calm, alert through road construction Jul 30, 2014 9:08 AM
    A Daily Herald editorial says we'll get through this worst-ever season of construction on Chicago roadways, but only with patience and an eye on safety.

     
  • River Road to close for four months: Jul 30, 2014 5:27 PM
    River Road will be closed in Lake Barrington for four months beginning at 6 a.m. Monday, Aug. 11.

     
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