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  • Suburbs putting new O'Hare noise on ballots Aug 21, 2014 5:11 AM
    As complaints about increased airplane noise from O'Hare International Airport grow louder, more towns are voicing their displeasure by putting advisory referendum questions on the Nov. 4 ballot. The completion of a new runway in October has upset thousands of area residents. “This is obviously an issue that needs to be addressed,” Bensenville Village President Frank Soto said.

  • Learn to ride motorcycle free at Harper Aug 20, 2014 3:34 PM
    Harper College administers the state’s Motorcycle Safety Training Program for all of Cook County. The program is available to new and veteran bikers alike and aims to reduce deaths and injuries – and it’s free.

  • Bartlett bracing for traffic delays around Route 59 bridge project Aug 20, 2014 4:07 PM
    Bartlett police are warning drivers to brace for construction delays around the Route 59 bridge over the Metra tracks. The Illinois Department of Transportation will begin a nine-month long project on the bridge Monday.

  • Metra could get extra RTA money for improvements Aug 20, 2014 8:02 PM
    The RTA's budget proposal for 2015 estimates about 4 percent in sales tax growth. New ideas include a $100 million bond sale to aid Metra, the CTA and Pace. What's uncertain is whether the three agencies will fight over a $200 million fund that's up to the RTA's discretion.

  • Bloomingdale voters to weigh in on O’Hare noise Aug 19, 2014 9:40 AM
    Bloomingdale will be joining several other suburbs by asking voters for their opinions about airplane noise at O’Hare International Airport. The village board agreed on Monday night to put three advisory questions on the Nov. 4 ballot related to O’Hare noise. “This is an opportunity for our residents to weigh in on the issue,” Village President Franco Coladipietro said. “Hopefully, it will show the level of impact that this is having on people’s lives.”

  • Tollway explores how to pay for Route 53 extension Aug 19, 2014 6:10 PM
    Are more tolls coming on the north end of the Tri-State? Increasing rates at the Waukegan toll and charging at the Wisconsin border and Route 132 are among ideas being tossed around by a Lake County advisoryo group.

  • Bumps, ruts and potholes, oh my Aug 18, 2014 5:01 AM
    Letter to the editor: James Cole of Mount Prospect is begging someboyd to fix the bumps and ruts and potholes on Central Road from about Fernandez to the entrance to the Wellness Center of Northwest Community Hospital.

  • Pyke: Highway bridge protests exercise free speech, but irk drivers Aug 18, 2014 5:05 AM
    Fuming in gridlock caused by protestors atop a bridge over the tollway? It's perfectly legal, police say. And it's constitutional, says Fred Schneider whose political protest signs have irked more than a few motorists. "If you give a thumbs up, we give one. If you give us a finger, we wave to you," he said.

  • Residents, cyclists feud over Barrington Hills roads Aug 17, 2014 7:45 AM
    While many suburbs are doing their best to provide a safe and welcoming atmosphere to cyclists, Barrington Hills residents are in a nasty battle with bikers over access to the town’s scenic, tree-lined roads. They say their roads are being clogged by unlawful, unsafe riders. Cyclists, meanwhile, say they're being driven off the road, harassed and even pelted with objects as they ride by.

  • Elk Grove man competes in trucking contest Aug 15, 2014 2:27 PM
    An Elk Grove Village truck driver is competing in this week’s National Truck Driving Championships in Pittsburgh. Nenko Topalov, owner of Nando Express Inc., is competing in the 5-Axle Sleeper class.

  • Chicago Executive Airport holding open house Aug 15, 2014 11:05 PM
    Chicago Executive Airport is inviting the public for a rare opportunity to be on its runways and taxiways during its open house from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 30.

  • Metra service expansion called unlikely in face of shortfall Aug 15, 2014 4:59 PM
    Metra's strategic plan needs to face the fact there's no money right now for more express trains or new stations -- such as in Marengo, Hampshire, Richmond, Sugar Grove and Oswego -- and other commuter dreams, officials said Friday. Meanwhile, the question of whether a fare hike looms in 2015 remains a mystery. (Plus, video of safety poster awards.)

  • Pace, Rosemont propose cutting lunchtime circulator route to entertainment district Aug 16, 2014 7:41 AM
    An infrequently used “lunchtime circulator” Pace bus route that brings people to and from the Rosemont entertainment district on weekdays may be eliminated.

  • Driver who fled Elgin-O’Hare crash still at large Aug 15, 2014 9:19 PM
    Illinois State Police on Friday night were still searching for a 30-year-old man from Melrose Park who is believed to have fled a crash on the Elgin-O’Hare Expressway that injured two construction workers.

  • Warren High students get around Grand Avenue construction near O’Plaine Road campus in Gurnee Aug 14, 2014 5:32 PM
    Major road construction near Warren Township High School’s freshmen-sophomore campus in Gurnee didn’t cause travel delays for students on their first day of classes, officials said Thursday. “From our end, things went very smooth,” Warren District 121 transportation director Tina Delabre told the Daily Herald.

  • Dist. 15, Rolling Meadows police crack down on drivers who ignore bus signs Aug 14, 2014 5:49 PM
    A maker of red-light cameras has found new business in suburban school districts. Several are experimenting with cameras that catch drivers blowing stop signs on school buses. In Rolling Meadows, police will review footage to catch violators and issue $150 tickets.

  • Daily Herald reporter receives railroad safety award Aug 13, 2014 8:02 AM
    Daily Herald transportation columnist Marni Pyke won an award from the DuPage Railroad Safety Council. The award was presented during an international symposium on railroad crossing safety last week.

  • Lake in the Hills firm sues over toll scofflaw list Aug 13, 2014 5:17 PM
    Name recognition is great when you're a business but not when you're known as a tollway "scofflaw," says John O'Hara of Specialty Contractors. The company is suing the Illinois tollway over mistakenly including it on an infamous list of debtors.

  • Rule would limit immigrant driver’s license calls Aug 12, 2014 10:17 PM
    Illinois wants to head off businesses that are swamping the secretary of state’s office with robotic requests for appointments for special immigrant driver’s licenses.

  • More railroad crossing work scheduled in Grayslake Aug 12, 2014 4:32 PM
    While Route 120 in Grayslake is expected to reopen Wednesday night at a railroad crossing that’s been closed due to repairs, drivers should brace for similar work a few blocks away at Route 83.

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