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  • Elgin man nothing like his role in old airline photo Oct 23, 2014 5:00 AM
    To illustrate a column about sex discrimination last Sunday, I used an iconic 1960s black-and-white photograph of two suit-wearing business executives with a pipe and cigar waiting for a "stewardess" to give them a light during a men-only flight. On Wednesday, I talked to the 83-year-old Elgin man who explains how he came to be the grinning guy with a pipe in the photo .

  • South Side bridge should help region’s freight bottleneck Oct 23, 2014 5:25 PM
    A bridge on the south side of Chicago should help reduce freight train congestion throughout the region. Railroad executives and lawmakers celebrated the opening of the Englewood flyover Thursday.

  • Tests show child in Chicago does not have Ebola Oct 23, 2014 10:29 PM
    Tests have determined that a child who had traveled from Liberia to Chicago does not have Ebola. In a news release Thursday night, the Illinois Department of Public Health and the Chicago Ebola Resource Network said preliminary tests — later confirmed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — were negative for Ebola.

  • Bartlett traffic gets glowing review despite residents' complaints Oct 22, 2014 8:47 AM
    The results of a traffic study of downtown Bartlett reviewed by trustees Tuesday night contradicts residents' complaints of lengthy delays. “The study challenges that to a certain extent and indicates that the delays that people encounter aren't necessarily unreasonable, so it may an issue of perception, rather than reality,” Trustee Aaron Reinke said.

  • Improvements coming to Lombard Prairie Path crossing Oct 22, 2014 5:35 AM
    Pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists should notice some changes in the next few weeks near the Illinois Prairie Path crossing at Main Street in Lombard, according to village officials. Public Works Director Carl Goldsmith said the transportation and safety committee recently discussed the perceived safety at the crossing after reviewing a study done by the Active Transportation Alliance in conjunction with the DuPage County Division of Transportation.

  • Durbin, Oberweis interested in finding O'Hare noise solutions Oct 22, 2014 5:34 AM
    Can a U.S. senator give folks stressed by O'Hare jet noise relief? Candidates Dick Durbin and Jim Oberweis explain what they could do. And, with limited cash in his war chest, tonight's debate is a big chance for Oberweis to get his message out for free.

  • O'Hare passengers quarantined with Ebola-like symptoms Oct 22, 2014 9:40 AM
    Two patients are being monitored in isolation at the University of Chicago Medical Center and Rush University Medical Center after reporting Ebola-like symptoms, ABC 7 Chicago reported on its website Tuesday night.

  • Pyke: Is 10-year plan for Metra hikes justified? Oct 20, 2014 5:30 AM
    That Metra fare hike for capital construction is a pain, but at least I'd get more express trains, right? Nope. How about Wi-Fi? Working on it. Weekend service on the North Central? Nope. What you would get are new locomotives and cars. We'll explain why Metra puts those first.

  • Metra smartphone app should be ready for riders in May Oct 18, 2014 7:31 AM
    Metra inked a contract with Cubicy, the CTA and Pace's Ventra fare system developer, to create a smartphone app. It would allow passengers to buy and display tickets on their phones and could let Metra recoup some lost dollars from unpunched tickets. “We want to be sure we roll it out right,” senior planner Lynnette Ciavarella said.

  • Enhanced links to transit will be the focus of planning in downtown Libertyville Oct 17, 2014 5:30 AM
    Libertyville has received an $80,000 grant from the Regional Transportation Authority to create a plan for transit-oriented development in the area surrounding the Metra commuter rail station downtown. The plan will determine the appropriate number of dwelling units and land uses and how to improve transit connections for existing and potential businesses.

  • Michael Madigan son-in-law Jordan Matyas to exit RTA chief of staff post Oct 17, 2014 5:45 PM
    Controversial RTA executive Jordan Matyas will leave his post at the end of the month. The son-in-law of House Speaker Michael Madigan was the subject of questions about whether his hiring was political. Matyas' resignation comes with new leadership at the agency.

  • Ebola outbreak sparks finger-pointing in Senate race Oct 16, 2014 6:44 PM
    The Centers for Disease Control officials are learning on the job as the agency confronts cases of the deadly ebola virus in the U.S., U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin said Thursday. O'Hare started screening passengers but Durbin said banning flights from west Africa could be counter-productive. His election opponent Sen. Jim Oberweis countered that Durbin and the feds were "asleep at the switch."

  • Feds find Metra ‘generally compliant’ but cite safety issues Oct 16, 2014 6:25 PM
    Metra could do better when it comes to safety, a federal report finds. Although generally compliant with regulations, the feds concluded that conductors were torn between safety-related tasks and collecting fares, that more warnings are needed for engineers when crossing tracks and a confidential phone line for "close calls" would help.

  • Ebola screening starts at O’Hare Oct 16, 2014 4:59 PM
    Screening for the Ebola virus has begun at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport. Customs and health officials at O’Hare started taking the temperatures of passengers from three West African countries Thursday. Up to 25 passengers arrive daily from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.

  • RTA picks suburban planner as new chief Oct 15, 2014 5:15 PM
    RTA leaders appointed acting chief Leanne Redden as the agency's executive director Wednesday. That leaves leadership of the agency stable after major transitions earlier this year. 6"

  • Transit app to debut in February for Metra, CTA and Pace riders Oct 15, 2014 1:28 PM
    In February, Metra expects to start testing a smartphone app that lets riders purchase tickets on trains and display them to conductors. The feature could also be used to add value to Ventra cards for CTA and Pace commuters.

  • Screenings for Ebola to start at O'Hare today Oct 16, 2014 9:07 AM
    Fever screenings are set to begin at O'Hare International Airport today, ABC 7 reported. Dr. Julie Morita, chief medical officer of Chicago's Department of Public Health, emphasized that there are no confirmed cases of Ebola in the Chicago area. Morita said O'Hare will implement procedures Thursday to screen all arriving passengers originating from West Africa for fever.

  • Higher tolls for trucks coming in 2015 Oct 15, 2014 8:43 PM
    Toll increases on trucks will boost the Illinois tollway's revenues in 2015. The agency's draft budget includes seven more engineers, $6 million to plan the proposed Route 53 extension, and lots more construction. The truck toll dates back to an ill-fated Blagojevich era road program.

  • Could your I-PASS be welcomed in more states? Oct 15, 2014 9:19 PM
    Want to take your I-PASS out west? The Illinois tollway is exploring ways to cooperate with like agencies so driving to other states won't involve paying tolls in cash or getting billed later.

  • FAA Aurora air traffic center fully operational Oct 13, 2014 10:44 AM
    The Aurora air traffic center reopened early Monday, more than two weeks after damage from a deliberately set fire forced the cancellation of thousands of flights and disrupted travel nationwide, federal officials said. A full shift of air traffic controllers at the Chicago En Route Center in Aurora resumed control of the center’s airspace from adjoining centers between midnight and 1 a.m. on Monday, the Federal Aviation Administration said in a news release.

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