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  • More suburbs getting quiet zones for train horns Jul 21, 2014 5:16 AM
    Do you get misty-eyed over train songs like Willie Nelson's "The City of New Orleans"? Or are you more of a Johnny Cash, "When I hear that whistle blowing, I hang my head and cry"? Then, this column — all about relief from train horns with Quiet Zones — is for you.

     
  • Learning curve at all-electronic interchange with Tri-State and I-57 Jul 21, 2014 5:40 PM
    The Illinois tollway will open its new interchange between I-57 and the Tri-State this fall. For Illini parents and football fans that means a direct link between the two interstates instead of the current circuitous route. It's an all-electronic connection, however, so bring your I-Pass.

     
  • Police: Speeding truck plowed into cars on I-55; northbound lanes reopen Jul 21, 2014 8:57 PM
    Five people have been confirmed dead in two separate crashes Monday afternoon on Interstate 55 near Channahon, authorities said. The first crash on northbound I-55 south of Arsenal Road resulted in four fatalities. The second crash on southbound I-55 at Route 6, involving two semitrailer trucks, resulted in the death of a truck driver.

     
  • Railroad work in Des Plaines to close part of Lee Street Jul 20, 2014 3:32 PM
    A portion of Lee Street in Des Plaines will be closed for more than a week in August for railroad crossing repairs.

     
  • 3 injured in Crystal Lake rollover crash Jul 19, 2014 1:57 PM
    Three people have been hospitalized after a rollover crash in Crystal Lake that slowed traffic for several hours on Saturday morning. Two were from McHenry and one was from Palatine.

     
  • Metra board to ask, should we raise fares in 2015? Jul 18, 2014 4:34 PM
    A possible shortfall in Metra’s 2015 budget means fare increases are one possibility the agency’s board could consider in the next few months, although officials stressed it’s still early in the process. Metra’s 2014 budget was $728 million and estimates for 2015 indicate spending could grow by $49 million or so.

     
  • 3 Clearbrook staffers hurt in rollover bus crash in Rolling Meadows Jul 18, 2014 4:14 PM
    Three Clearbook staff members were injured when two buses crashed into one another at Kirchoff and Hicks roads in Rolling Meadows on Friday morning. One bus was overturned and the other was up on the curb, but no clients from the Arlington Heights-based non profit, which provides services for adults and children with intellectual or developmental disabilities, were injured in the crash.

     
  • O’Hare passengers undeterred by Ukraine crash Jul 17, 2014 7:46 PM
    Passengers at O'Hare International Airport were somber at news of the downed Malaysia Airlines jetliner, but were undeterred in their plans to fly internationally. "It will be fine," Jim Novak said of the flight he was about to board to Poland.

     
  • Test could pave way to paying tolls with smartphone Jul 17, 2014 1:01 AM
    This is only a test. That's what the Illinois tollway wants drivers to understand when new overhead gantries go up this year near the Touhy Toll Plaza. The test site will let the agency try out cameras and technology such as talking transponders.

     
  • Pace, Tollway deal would ramp up service along I-90 Jul 16, 2014 5:53 PM
    The Illinois tollway and Pace are partnering to build three parking lots along the I-90 corridor that will feed into an expanded express bus service.

     
  • Quinn signs law barring double dipping on transit boards Jul 16, 2014 5:52 PM
    Gov. Pat Quinn Wednesday signed a law barring CTA board members from holding other government work and further clarifying that other transit board members can’t, either.

     
  • Huntley may offer permanent bus service for all residents Jul 15, 2014 7:40 PM
    Huntley may soon be offering a permanent bus service for all residents, not just seniors. The village board’s committee of the whole Thursday will review a memorandum of understanding and resolution to join McHenry County Division of Transportation’s MCRide Dial-a-Ride Transit Service program. It would cost Huntley $48,582 yearly to participate and would allow residents to commute within Huntley and McHenry County.

     
  • Two injured in separate I-88 crashes near Lisle, Lombard Jul 14, 2014 1:57 PM
    Two crashes injured two people and shut down multiple lanes on eastbound I-88 Monday afternoon near Lisle and Lombard, authorities said.

     
  • Des Plaines oasis demolition underway Jul 15, 2014 10:53 AM
    No, it's not a mirage. The Des Plaines Oasis is coming apart slowly. De-construction of the glass pavilion over the Jane Addams Tollway started recently and will continue into the fall. On I-90, temporary overnight lane closures will be needed for the removal of the pavilion windows, tollway spokesman Dan Rozek said

     
  • No action 25 years after crash showed risk to 'lap babies' on planes Jul 14, 2014 9:34 AM
    When United Flight 232 was about to crash land in Sioux City, Iowa, parents of four lap-held babies had to place them wrapped in blankets on the floor. That was the best the FAA could do in 1989, and today the safety requirements for babies are still substandard, safety advocates say. "It's a glaring gap," former NTSB Chairman Deborah Hersman said.

     
  • Hart Road construction in Round Lake Jul 13, 2014 4:33 PM
    Drivers in Round Lake will need to beware of Hart Road construction again this week.

     
  • Early morning crash closes I-90 in Schaumburg Jul 13, 2014 10:29 AM
    The eastbound lanes of the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway were blocked for approximately an hour early Sunday morning, following a crash involving a semitrailer and a passenger vehicle. The car's driver was hospitalized with nonlife threatening injuries, authorities said.

     
  • ‘I prepared myself to die.’ Survivors recall Flight 232 crash Jul 16, 2014 11:05 AM
    Twenty-five years ago, Chicago-bound United Flight 232 cartwheeled across a runway in Sioux City, Iowa, burst into flames and shot into a cornfield. "It was like a roller coaster in pitch darkness with smoke and fire," survivor Sumit Roy of Naperville recalled. Miraculously, 184 of the 296 people on board lived.

     
  • Aurora to get long-awaited overpass near Waubonsie Jul 12, 2014 8:00 AM
    A long-desired proposal to separate trains from car and truck traffic at a railroad crossing in Aurora soon will become a reality. State and local officials on Friday announced plans to construct an overpass along Ogden Avenue where the road intersects the Canadian National Railway tracks. Work on the $40.9 million project is scheduled to begin this summer and be managed by the Illinois Department of Transportation.

     
  • Amazon asks FAA for permission to fly drones Jul 11, 2014 4:42 PM
    In a letter to the FAA dated Wednesday, Amazon said it is developing aerial vehicles as part of Amazon Prime Air. The aircraft can travel over 50 miles per hour and carry loads of up to 5 pounds. About 86 percent of Amazon’s deliveries are 5 pounds or less, the company said.

     
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