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  • FAA: 2 weeks to reopen Chicago-area control center Sep 29, 2014 12:29 PM
    The Federal Aviation Administration says it will take about two weeks to fully reopen a Chicago-area control center where an act of sabotage brought the city's two international airports to a halt last week. The FAA said Sunday it hopes to return the facility to full service by Oct. 13.

  • FAA chief promises better fallback plan, improved security after fire Sep 29, 2014 9:25 PM
    The FAA's top administrator called for a full review of its Plan B options after criticism over massive flight delays and cancellations across the nation because of a fire at the Chicago Center air traffic control facility in Aurora. Fallout from the Friday fire continues in airports in Chicago and across the nation.

  • Businesses scramble as flights continue to be canceled, delayed Sep 29, 2014 1:22 PM
    Bob Chinn’s Crab House in Wheeling, which built its reputation on fresh fish flown in daily, was forced to have seafood sent via truck from the East Coast and other locations. It's just one business experiencing disruptions that continue after major damage at an FAA facility in Aurora on Friday.

  • Attorney: Man charged in FAA fire made ‘tragic mistake’ Sep 29, 2014 7:05 PM
    Brian Howard of Naperville, whose failed suicide attempt in the Chicago Center air traffic control facility in Aurora forced the cancellation of thousands of flights at O’Hare and Midway airports, apologized to his family while making his initial appearance before a U.S. magistrate judge. “Friday morning Brian tried to take his life,” his defense attorney said. “That he did so in a way that inconvenienced many, many people is unacceptable and he deeply regrets that.

  • Railroad work planned Sep 28, 2014 4:30 PM
    The Canadian National Railroad crossing on Butterfield Road south of Route 60 in Mundelein will be closed for six days starting Oct 6 because of maintenance.

  • Residents seek to preserve peace near Elburn road Sep 28, 2014 5:58 AM
    Like a nice drive or run on a country road? A stretch of Pouley Road near Elburn may soon become a Kane County Rustic Road. The designation would help preserve its bucolic charm, and a link to the county's agricultural heritage.

  • Durbin calls for inquiry into fire at Aurora air-traffic center Sep 29, 2014 10:07 AM
    As federal officials declared it will be at least two more weeks until the Chicago Center air-traffic facility in Aurora is back at full capacity, U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin said Sunday he wants the Federal Aviation Administration’s inspector general to scrutinize the circumstances surrounding the sabotage that grounded and delayed hundreds of flights since Friday.

  • The next step for regulating Uber Sep 27, 2014 7:41 AM
    How do you deregulate a transportation service like taxis? The popularity of competitors such as Uber, Lyft and Sidecar has stirred calls to loosen regulations and allow innovative business models. That’s good. The question now is what role the government should play. The best approach for these app-based services is transparency.

  • Official: At least 2 weeks until FAA facility reopens Sep 27, 2014 11:14 PM
    The sabotage Friday at an air traffic control facility in Aurora continued to cause havoc Saturday on air travel in Chicago and across the nation and parts of the world. But a FAA official speaking on the condition of anonymity said it will be at least two weeks before the Chicago Center reopens.

  • Why Aurora air traffic control center is essential Sep 27, 2014 8:23 PM
    Why is Chicago Center so essential to air travel across the world? The FAA will rebuild the technical infrastructure for its air traffic center in Aurora, but it won't be a quick fix because of the multi-facted, highly specialized work carried out there.

  • Previous Elgin, Aurora incidents that shut down air traffic Sep 26, 2014 2:04 PM
    Previous incidents at Elgin and Aurora FAA facilities have disrupted air traffic at O'Hare and Midway airports.

  • FBI details FAA facility arsons, Naperville man’s Facebook post Sep 26, 2014 10:44 PM
    A 36-year-old Naperville man has been charged with one count of destruction of aircraft or aircraft facilities in connection with fires and other damage Friday that forced the closure of the FAA’s air traffic control facility in Aurora. A federal source said Brian Howard, of the 1300 block of Ivy Lane, also cut all radar feeds into the facility and most communication lines, and the FBI said Howard outlined his plans in a Facebook message.

  • Despite cancellations, SkyWest calls year success Sep 26, 2014 4:51 PM
    A regional airline that handles flights from Paducah to Chicago says it is having its best year even though cancellations nearly doubled on the route from last year.

  • Sabotage raises questions about Chicago FAA vulnerability Sep 26, 2014 10:43 PM
    Experts say the FAA "can do better" after an act of sabotage cut off radar and communications links to an air-traffic control center in Aurora. It's the third time in two years air traffic at O'Hare International Airport has ground to a halt over problems at air traffic centers in the suburbs -- Aurora and Elgin -- with repercussions for flights across the world.

  • Will new rules make all trains carrying hazardous materials safe? Sep 26, 2014 5:55 AM
    More than one-third of Illinois' serious hazardous material leaks from freight trains occur in the suburbs, a Daily Herald analysis shows. Proposed rules would make some tank cars safer, but about one-third of train-related hazmat incidents in the suburbs would not have been helped by the proposed changes. The mayors of Hoffman Estates and Barrington are among those pushing for stricter standards.

  • Tollway workers will have to start paying tolls in 2015 Sep 25, 2014 11:29 PM
    Tollway employees will say goodbye to toll-free commutes to and from work in 2015. The Illinois tollway approved a contract with one of its largest unions Thursday that paves the way to pull the perk for all employees after a challenge to the state labor board.

  • Faulty road materials could cost Buffalo Grove millions Sep 25, 2014 12:29 PM
    Buffalo Grove faces enormous street reconstruction costs due to faulty road materials used in the 1970s and 1980s, the village engineer told the village board at this week's committee-of-the-whole meeting. The warning comes just two years after the village embarked upon the largest street maintenance program in its history.

  • O’Hare terminal partly evacuated for investigation of suspicious bag Sep 24, 2014 6:56 PM
    Terminal 1 at O’Hare International Airport was partly evacuated Wednesday morning after a suspicious bag was reported. At about 9:30 a.m. Chicago police evacuated a section of Terminal 1’s ticketing area and baggage claim as the city’s bomb and arson squad examined an unattended bag, Department of Aviation spokeswoman Karen Pride said. Authorities found no evidence of explosives and no one was hurt.

  • Quinn agrees to stall dismissal of IDOT workers Sep 24, 2014 5:27 PM
    Nearly five dozen Illinois Department of Transportation employees have been given a temporary reprieve from layoff because of a court agreement by Gov. Pat Quinn’s administration amid a hiring scandal.

  • IDOT seeking partners for South Suburban Airport Sep 25, 2014 8:25 AM
    A forum hosted by the Illinois Department of Transportation showcased plans for a 5,800-acre airport project near Peotone, drawing dozens of potential partners. About 150 people, including residents, officials and investors, attended the sales presentation for the South Suburban Airport on Tuesday,The Southtown Star reported. The state agency is seeking private partners to help design, build and operate the airport project.

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