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  • Feds: Scrutiny of CN and EJ&E to continue Dec 17, 2014 10:16 PM
    The Canadian National Railway's merger with the smaller EJ&E Railway will get additional federal scrutiny, U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin said Wednesday. The deal approved six years ago caused controversy with some communities concerned about more freight train traffic and others hoping to benefit from less.

  • Hawthorn Woods wants to get it right on Route 53 recommendation Dec 16, 2014 5:43 PM
    The Hawthorn Woods village board has agreed that Mayor Joe Mancion can consult with an expert on an as-needed basis regarding the potential impact of a Route 53 extension through the villlage. Mancino is on the financial and land use committees that will make recommendaitons on funding and land uses to the Illinois State Toll Highway Authority.

  • Metra hopes plan eases overcrowding at Union Station Dec 16, 2014 8:18 PM
    Metra and Amtrak unveiled a plan to accommodate riders when there's a overwhelming surge of passengers at Union Station. Sardine-like and disorganized conditions have been the norm previously.

  • Hinsdale teen critical after being struck by train Dec 14, 2014 12:29 PM
    A 17-year-old girl who was struck by a Metra train Saturday night in Hinsdale remains in critical condition at Loyola University Hospital in Maywood, authorities said Sunday.

  • Metra starts push for latest congestion relief megaproject Dec 12, 2014 5:16 PM
    Metra kicked off a lobbying campaign for $1 billion Friday to build two bridges and new tracks they promise will fix a freight and passenger train bottleneck on the South Side of Chicago. Officials hinted the payoff for other commuters could be more trains on Amtrak and the BNSF Line.

  • Deplaning in Virginia delayed while Ebola scare checked Dec 12, 2014 9:59 PM
    Passengers disembarking from a commercial flight in Richmond, Virginia, on Friday were delayed by about an hour while authorities ruled out Ebola as a cause of a fellow passenger’s symptoms. Crew members of American flight 2984 from Chicago contacted airport officials while the jet was still in flight to advise them that a teenage boy had a high fever and was experiencing abdominal pain.

  • Route 59 construction zone switching soon to winter traffic pattern Dec 11, 2014 6:16 PM
    As winter sets in, work is scheduled to slow on the Route 59 widening project along the Naperville/Aurora border. Traffic also might slow where Route 59 intersects with I-88 near the north end of the 3.5-mile construction zone, as northbound Route 59 will be reduced to one lane on the bridge over the tollway. Southbound traffic will continue to have two lanes over the tollway.

  • Federal highway officials OK plans for Illiana Expressway Dec 11, 2014 4:40 PM
    The Federal Highway Administration has approved plans for a 47-mile expressway between Illinois and Indiana. The controversial expressway would give cars and trucks an east-west link between Interstate 65 in Indiana and Interstate 55 in Illinois.

  • I-90 ramp closures at Route 47 start Monday Dec 11, 2014 10:12 PM
    Starting Monday, there will be temporary, overnight ramp closures at the Route 47 interchange on the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (Interstate 90). Crews will be installing and testing tolling equipment, closing one ramp at a time. Electronic message signs will alert drivers in advance of closures.

  • Uber removes driver accused of Chicago sex assault Dec 10, 2014 4:17 PM
    Uber spokeswoman Jennifer Mullin says the ride-booking company is cooperating with Chicago police in an investigation of what she called “an appalling and unacceptable incident.”

  • Lawlor to talk in Mundelein: Dec 10, 2014 5:06 PM
    Lake County Board Chairman Aaron Lawlor will talk to the Mundelein village board on Monday about the proposed Route 53 extension into Lake County.

  • Road closings, remote parking for Guadalupe celebration Dec 10, 2014 7:26 PM
    With as many as 100,000 people expected in Des Plaines Dec. 11-12, for the overnight celebration honoring Our Lady of Guadalupe, authorities are urging people to take note of road closings and parking plans. The event, held at the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe on the Maryville campus, begins with a 6 p.m. Thursday Mass. It ends with a closing Mass at 7 p.m. Friday.

  • Constable: Tollway death counts are more than numbers Dec 9, 2014 5:26 AM
    In 2012, when our expressways debuted those electric signs listing the annual number of Illinois traffice fatalities, I appreciated the shock value. Now, those signs seem more of a curiosity to me. I see Monday's 860 death toll and wonder: Did the ban on hand-held cellphones keep that number from growing higher? What does the 70-mph speed limit do to those numbers? If I drive to the family farm before Christmas, will that number have topped 900?

  • Geneva parking deck could open in January Dec 9, 2014 5:24 PM
    Construction on the third level of the parking deck in Geneva may take place on Sundays in January, to make up for delays this month, aldermen decided Monday.

  • Pyke: Do tax breaks encourage driving over transit? Dec 8, 2014 5:10 AM
    Why is the tax credit for taking Metra, Pace or the CTA to work just half of a tax credit for parking downtown? It's not right, local lawmakers say. “You don’t want different incentives for driving versus taking mass transit,” said congressman Bill Foster, a Naperville Democrat.

  • Court papers: Man said he saw demon before train stabbings Dec 8, 2014 4:52 PM
    A passenger accused of stabbing four people on an Amtrak train in southwest Michigan told police he began the attack after seeing another man turn into a demon, according to court documents released Monday. The train with 172 passengers was traveling from Chicago to Port Huron, which is 60 miles northeast of Detroit.

  • Four stabbed on Amtrak train from Chicago Dec 5, 2014 10:24 PM
    Four people were stabbed Friday night on an Amtrak train in southwestern Michigan after it had left from Chicago, police said. Three passengers and the train’s conductor were injured in the incident in Niles, Michigan, in Berrien County about 11 miles north of South Bend, Indiana. Police said they took a man from Saginaw, Michigan, into custody around 7 p.m.

  • Is Uber car service really worth $40 billion? Dec 5, 2014 5:59 PM
    The cash infusion from investors — $1.2 billion for a small stake — comes at a time when values for private companies backed by venture capitalists are rising fast. New investments in Dropbox, a file-sharing service, and Airbnb, a website for people renting out their homes, have sent their valuations soaring.But, at $40 billion, the prize may go to Uber. That is more than double what investors valued the company at just six months ago.

  • Lee Street traffic shift over I-90 next week Dec 4, 2014 5:46 PM
    Traffic on the Lee Street bridge over the Jane Addams Tollway will shift next week as part of the ongoing interchange reconstruction project.

  • Could 45 mph Route 53 extension face speed bump? Dec 4, 2014 5:24 PM
    Will the General Assembly's need for speed turn the proposed Route 53 extension from a 45 mph parkway into a speedway? Tollway and Lake County officials doubt it, saying the new 70 mph law should not affect the project.

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