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  • Huntley’s Amtrak station should be ready November 2015 Nov 20, 2014 5:07 PM
    Amtrak passenger rail service should be up and running from Huntley’s downtown by November 2015, village officials said. The village board recently approved an agreement with the Illinois Department of Transportation to begin construction work. The total project cost is estimated at $3.55 million, with the state reimbursing the village roughly $2.9 million. “This is really the kickoff of the project,” Village Manager Dave Johnson said.

     
  • Illinois Senate: Make tollway speed limit 70 mph Nov 20, 2014 11:25 AM
    The Illinois Senate sped forward to override Gov. Pat Quinn's veto of legislation that could raise speed limits on tollways to 70 mph. The proposal, from state Sen. Jim Oberweis, a Sugar Grove Republican, follows a new law from last year that raised the speed limits on downstate interstates.

     
  • Illinois Supreme Court green lights red-light cameras Nov 20, 2014 9:58 AM
    The Illinois Supreme Court dismissed a challenge to the state law that allows for red-light cameras, allowing the eyes in the sky to remain. A case before the high court focused on a challenge to the ordinance allowing the cameras in Chicago. But attorneys also argued the state law that allows for the cameras in the suburbs was unconstitutional.

     
  • Ca-CHING: $1.90 in tolls to use 10 miles of future Elgin-O’Hare Nov 20, 2014 9:25 PM
    Would you pay $1.90 to travel 10 miles? That's a question drivers will need to ask themselves when the Elgin O'Hare Expressway extension project nears completion. The Illinois tollway released specifics of the project that involves tolling parts of the expressway that are free now.

     
  • Pilot dies after crashing into Chicago house Nov 18, 2014 12:55 PM
    A small twin-engine cargo plane crashed into a home on Chicago’s southwest side Tuesday, killing the pilot but sparing a couple who were asleep just inches away. The Aero Commander 500-B slammed nose-down into the front of the home around 2:40 a.m., punching through the ground floor into the basement and leaving about a third of the aircraft, including the tail, sticking straight out of the red-brick home.

     
  • Planning agency to host Route 53 extension meeting Nov 18, 2014 7:28 PM
    The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning and its partners will host the second public open house meeting for the Route 53/120 Corridor Land Use Plan on Wednesday, Nov. 19, from 4 to 7 p.m., at the Lake Zurich High School cafeteria.

     
  • Left lane, left shoulder opened on southbound Interstate 55 Nov 18, 2014 8:09 PM
    All lanes of traffic on Interstate 55 southbound at County Line Road are closed due to a hazardous material leak, police said.

     
  • Funding gap still dogs Route 53 extension Nov 18, 2014 7:21 PM
    Supporters of extending Route 53 north into Lake County got a warmer reception from Illinois tollway directors Tuesday than previously. But the $1.6 billion question is - how do you pay for it and could a toll increase be in the cards?

     
  • Old McHenry Road project meeting: Nov 17, 2014 5:04 PM
    A public hearing to discuss the proposed improvements to Old McHenry Road through Long Grove, including the intersection at Robert Parker Coffin Road, will be 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 18, at Kildeer Countryside Elementary School, 3100 Old McHenry Road, Long Grove.

     
  • New I-90 bridge over Fox: How do you build in a river? Nov 17, 2014 5:11 AM
    At dawn today, wind willing, two hoists will lift a 190,000-pound beam from a waiting truck on the Jane Addams Tollway and heave it onto columns rising about 40 feet above the Fox River in Elgin. Two teams of ironworkers 170 feet apart will chatter on walkie talkies, calibrating the movement of the beam so it's in the right spot at the right time.

     
  • Metra answers frustrations on fare hikes, staff raises Nov 14, 2014 5:27 AM
    Aren't existing locomotives good enough? Why were public hearings inconveniently timed? Does Metra get that I'm not receiving a pay increase as it plans to hike fares? Why are some conductors rude? Metra answers riders' questions in advance of a vote today on whether to raise fares.

     
  • Island Lake fatal crash cited as Illinois no-tolerance DUI pot law is challenged Nov 14, 2014 5:23 AM
    Some argue Illinois' zero-tolerance law deeming a driver impaired if any amount of marijuana is detected is archaic. The state bar association has submitted legislation to change it. But prosecutors and other law enforcement officials stand firmly behind the so-called "trace" law. Absent a medical marijuana card "and we take a blood test and it's in your system, you're going to go to jail,” said Limey Nargelenas, deputy director of the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police.

     
  • Metra board approves 10.8 percent fare hike Nov 14, 2014 2:28 PM
    Metra leaders Friday approved an average 10.8 percent fare hike that will pay employees more and buy essential equipment but won’t deliver any extras such as more express trains or additional weekend and late-night service. Board Director John Zediker of Naperville suggested halving the increase. “Clearly, we can’t balance everything on the backs of the riders” he said.

     
  • Editorial: Doubts cloud proposed Metra fare increases Nov 13, 2014 5:01 AM
    Skeptics wondering if Metra's fare hike proposal is too high can point to salary increases given to Metra employees in the last year as one example supporting their case, a Daily Herald editorial says.

     
  • New legislation could help with O'Hare plane noise Nov 13, 2014 5:32 AM
    A group of DuPage County Board members learned the county could help residents suffering from O'Hare plane noise by supporting a proposed state law change and lobbying Chicago to update O'Hare's noise compatibility plan. “Any advocacy the county can provide would be greatly appreciated,” Bensenville Village Manager Mike Cassady said.

     
  • Kane likely to help get I-90 interchange for Hampshire Nov 12, 2014 12:24 PM
    Kane County might contribute $300,000 toward getting a partial interchange at Interstate 90 and Brier Hill Road near Hampshire.The county board transportation committee heard a proposal Wednesday from the Hampshire village president. It will vote on a formal resolution in December. The money would be used to pay for the first two phases of engineering, which is estimated to cost $1.95 million.

     
  • Crash on eastbound I-90 leading to traffic delays Nov 12, 2014 10:35 AM
    A crash on eastbound I-90 near Mannheim Road is causing traffic to back up past the Arlington Heights Road exit. The accident is blocking the right lane at mile marker 76.7, according to the Illinois Tollway Trip 90 twitter account.

     
  • Public gets chance to comment on Route 53/120 corridor Nov 12, 2014 7:36 PM
    The first of two public input sessions regarding the Route 53/120 corridor land use plan in Lake County was held Wednesday in Grayslake. "We want to hear from pleplle -- what do they care about -- and make sure we consider that in our planning process," said one of the project's planners.

     
  • Metra employees get raises averaging 15% as agency eyes fare hikes Nov 11, 2014 5:31 AM
    Metra riders are teetering on the brink of a huge fare increase in a year noncontract employees' salaries rose 15 percent on average compared to 2013. "We have to invest in our employees that are unique to the railroad. Underinvesting in our workforce costs us money.” Chief Executive Officer Don Orseno said. But some riders are steamed.

     
  • Route 53/120 open house Wednesday in Grayslake Nov 11, 2014 5:52 PM
    The first of two open house workshops regarding the Route 53/120 Corridor Land Use Plan, which is currently in development, will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 12, at the Byron Colby Barn at Prairie Crossing, 1561 Jones Point Road, Grayslake. The corridor study is intended to create a plan for land use, open space, local transportation, and economic development within a two-mile buffer of the proposed 53/120 tollway.

     
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