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  • Schaumburg awarded for saving Pace bus route Dec 28, 2014 4:24 PM
    The village of Schaumburg has been given the American City & County Crown Communities Award for its role in preserving Pace Bus Route 554, which it considered a vital transportation link serving a variety of Schaumburg destinations.

     
  • Christie, Cuomo veto Port Authority oversight legislation Dec 27, 2014 7:34 PM
    The bill was designed to clean up an agency long known for dysfunction and scandals, including most recently the lane closures at the George Washington Bridge that ensnarled New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s administration. It had the unanimous support of the New York and New Jersey legislatures.The bill would have overhauled the troubled agency by requiring an independent annual audit, creating an inspector general’s office, restricting lobbying and creating a whistleblower protection program. It also would have required Port Authority board members to swear they’ll act in good faith.

     
  • Small planes collide in Maryland Dec 27, 2014 7:26 PM
    The Carroll County Times reportsthat at about 4 p.m. Saturday the wings of two planes clipped each other in the air above the at Carroll County Regional Airport. The Maryland State Police says there were no injuries reported, but the pilot of one of the planes was taken to a hospital as a precaution.

     
  • Gas under $2 a gallon at some suburban pumps Dec 27, 2014 9:33 PM
    Drivers, fill ‘er up. As average prices slide across the country, some suburban gas stations are offering under $2 a gallon. In Bensenville, drivers were paying $1.99 at the pump Saturday afternoon.

     
  • Late spring/early summer finish projected for major Rollins Gateway road project Dec 26, 2014 6:17 PM
    Work is just abouit buttoned up for the winter on the massive Rollins Road Gateway project in Round Lake Beach. New pavement on Route 83 is open to traffic and and the intersection with Rollins Road is restored. Construction on the $69 million project began in August 2013 and is about three-quarters complete. "Traffic seems to be flowing and it's nice not to get stuck by a train," said Village Administrator Dave Kilbane.

     
  • Chicago man sentenced for assaulting CTA employee Dec 24, 2014 1:01 AM
    A Chicago man has been sentenced to 26 years in prison for sexually assaulting a Chicago Transit Authority employee at gunpoint as she walked home from work.

     
  • Suburban volunteers reunite dogs with returning soldiers Dec 24, 2014 7:30 AM
    Suburban volunteers are planning come sprig to welcome a group of dogs who made the long – and expensive – trip from Afghanistan to O'Hare. The team behind Puppy Rescue Mission also will prepare the pooches for reunions with the returning soldiers who adopted the companions in war. “There’s thousands of animals over here that deserve good homes, but you form a special bond over there that really can’t be equaled,” says Garrett Rogers, a Navy petty officer from Lindenhurst.

     
  • Aurora reopens Indian Trail bridges for winter Dec 23, 2014 3:51 PM
    In an effort to reduce construction congestion throughout the winter months, Aurora has reopened the Indian Trail bridges with reduced lanes. One traffic lane in each direction will be open for motorists throughout the winter. The reduced lanes may cause minor traffic delays. The Illinois Avenue and Sullivan Road bridges will remain as detour routes to reduce congestion.

     
  • Suburbs have dodged a bullet so far with hazmat derailments — so far Dec 23, 2014 5:10 AM
    It sounds like a simple goal, but the desire for protect against a railway hazard by improving tank cars is the center of a furious debate involving the government, hazardous materials shippers, manufacturers and communities close to railroad tracks. “I’m concerned about the number of oil trains that come through the city of Naperville and other highly populated areas," said one resident.

     
  • State Rep. Marty Moylan forms panel to address O’Hare noise Dec 23, 2014 5:34 PM
    State Rep. Marty Moylan is forming an advisory committee to address noise issues at O’Hare International Airport.

     
  • Woman stuck on Metra tracks rescued before crash Dec 23, 2014 10:58 AM
    A man who rescued an elderly woman from a car stuck on railway tracks in southwest suburban Chicago says he looked up to see an oncoming Metra commuter train bearing down on them. Ed Suarez of Western Springs ran from his own car when he saw the woman’s vehicle turn onto the tracks and continue to drive. She told him she could not walk, so he grabbed her arm, threw it over his neck and carried her to safety. “Heck yeah, I was scared,” Suarez told the Chicago Sun-Times. As he and another passer-by dragged the woman to safety, a train headed from Chicago to Aurora struck the vehicle’s door. The rescue took place Monday afternoon in Western Springs. The woman was taken to a hospital in La Grange and later released. Suarez jumped from his own car and chased after the woman’s vehicle until it stopped further down the tracks. “She opened the door and I said, ‘We gotta go, we gotta go’ because I could see the light of the train coming toward us,” Suarez told the Sun-Times. “I grabbed her arm, I put it over my neck and I dragged her out of the car.” When police arrived, several officers used their bodies to shield the woman from any debris that might result from the impact, but all were unhurt, Suarez said. “It was unbelievable,” he said.

     
  • Local fire chiefs worry about train hazmat incidents Dec 22, 2014 5:16 AM
    Increased training. Modern tank cars. Better communication. No loitering freight trains. Local fire chiefs give their wish lists for safer transport of hazardous materials through towns. “If you had a major incident involving Bakken oil, it would tax several community resources, not just one community,” Lisle-Woodridge Fire Protection District Deputy Chief Keith Krestan said.

     
  • Holiday travelers could see rain, snow Dec 22, 2014 5:22 PM
    Rain or snow could fall across a big swath of the nation’s midsection as holiday travel gets underway. National Weather Service meteorologist Amy Seeley says parts of Illinois area could see rain switching over to snow on Christmas Eve.

     
  • Nearly 100 million expected to hit the road, head to airports Dec 22, 2014 5:25 PM
    Nearly 100 million Americans are expected hit the road, head to airports and climb aboard trains during the holidays. A national spokeswoman for the AAA motor club, Julie Hall, says 91 percent of the 98.6 million travelers will be getting to and from home by car.

     
  • South Route 59 ‘turning to trash,” Naperville resident says Dec 22, 2014 1:47 PM
    Naperville is “turning into trash,” an angry resident wrote in a recent email to the mayor and city council. South Route 59 is the culprit specifically identified by Saiqa Malik, who said she’s fed up with garbage she sees collecting on vacant lots, near the road and in front of businesses. “Every single day when I drive Route 59, literally there’s trash,” said Malik, who lives near Route 59 and 111th Street. “There’s trash on the green patches, there’s trash on the sides. It breaks my heart to see that.”

     
  • Mistakes, equipment issues pose serious threats with rail-related hazmat Dec 21, 2014 7:35 AM
    Thousands of gallons of pollution are released across the region from train cars every year. The causes in most cases are preventable, from human error to loose screws. While shippers, manufacturers and railroads shift blame, affected towns just want it to stop. “The regulators need to get serious about what they’re doing,” Aurora Mayor Tom Weisner said.

     
  • Lively Blvd. reconstruction in Elk Grove Village to begin next spring Dec 21, 2014 2:15 PM
    A $3.5 million project to reconstruct Lively Boulevard from Devon to Thorndale avenues in Elk Grove Village’s business park is expected to begin next spring.

     
  • Illinois Tollway expects spike in holiday traffic Dec 20, 2014 7:02 PM
    Illinois Tollway officials say they expect nearly 17.6 million vehicles to use the northern Illinois interstate system during the next two weeks. That’s a slight increase compared to last year’s winter holiday season. The Tollway announced the estimate Friday and invited holiday travelers to stop for a cup of coffee on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve at Tollway oases. McDonald’s and 7-Eleven are offering free coffee at most Tollway oases overnight from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m.

     
  • Child being observed for Ebola symptoms after arriving at O’Hare Dec 19, 2014 7:51 PM
    A child with a fever that was detected during screening at O'Hare International Airport is at the University of Chicago Medical Center for observation for Ebola virus symptoms. The child had no other symptoms of the virus.

     
  • White Christmas out east could mess up holiday travel Dec 19, 2014 2:33 PM
    AccuWeather reports a storm bearing strong winds, heavy snow, torrential rain, thunderstorms and fog will converge on the Northeast and Midwest on Christmas Eve and will likely create major travel delays, both on the roads and at airports. The early stages of travel problems from patchy rain and fog will develop on Tuesday, AccuWeather said.

     
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