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  • Why U.S. doesn't allow solo shifts in the cockpit Mar 27, 2015 8:29 AM
    Solo in the cockpit? That's against FAA policy, the agency explained in the wake of the Germanwings tragedy. Also, pilots must undergo regular medical examinations that include questions about their mental state of mind, the FAA explained.

  • CTA train operator worked long hours before 2014 crash at O'Hare, documents show Mar 27, 2015 1:02 PM
    A former CTA train operator admits she didn't get any sleep the night before a train she piloted crashed into an escalator at the Blue Line O'Hare station. The National Transportation Safety Board released a number of documents related to the collision Thursday.

  • Tollway sets higher speed limits, bucks state law Mar 26, 2015 7:29 PM
    Tollway leaders approved 60 to 65 mph speeds on local toll roads despite a backlash from supporters of a 70 mph law.

  • Road work set to begin in Libertyville, Lake Zurich Mar 25, 2015 7:16 PM
    Lake County drivers can expect construction-related delays in the weeks ahead as resurfacing and other work begins on three major roadways. Resurfacing work will begin soon on Milwaukee Avenue in Libertyville and Vernon Hills, and Rand Road near Lake Zurich. Work resumes on Peterson Road in Grayslake next week.

  • Randall Road to get flashing yellow turn arrows Mar 25, 2015 4:39 PM
    Kane County hopes traffic will improve, and left turns completed more safely, with the introduction this spring of flashing yellow arrows on Randall Road from Geneva to South Elgin. "Yellow conveys more of a 'yield' operation," county traffic engineer Stephen Zulkowski told the Geneva City Council Monday.

  • Why gas prices are rising in the suburbs Mar 26, 2015 8:51 AM
    Heaven forbid - is that $2.90 for a gallon of regular! What happened to the good old days of $2.50 a week ago? Is is a government/big oil conspiracy to give Chicago the highest gas prices in the nation? Or is it just our old nemesis - the summer blend coming out of hibernation.

  • 15 trucks hit new railroad bridge in Bensenville Mar 25, 2015 3:03 PM
    It was an accident waiting to happen and it did when several trucks collided with a new bridge on Irving Park Road in Bensenville. The resulting traffic mayhem caused the closure of Irving Park at York for four months, which is no joke for commuters and truckers who use the road daily transporting freight to and from O'Hare.

  • Pyke: Oberweis, tollway showdown emerging over 70 mph Mar 24, 2015 5:51 AM
    It's a legal showdown between state Sen. Jim Oberweis and the Illinois tollway over proposed speed limits. Oberweis sponsored legislation last year increasing speed limits to 70 mph, but the tollway is recommending lower limits for the system.

  • Wolf Road in Des Plaines faces temporary closures Mar 22, 2015 4:31 PM
    Temporary, daytime lane closures on Wolf Road in Des Plaines are scheduled this week as work begins to rebuild the bridge carrying the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90) over the local road. This work is part of the I-90 Rebuilding and Widening Project scheduled to be complete in 2016.

  • River Road work in Des Plaines starts Wednesday Mar 22, 2015 4:31 PM
    The Des Plaines Public Works and Engineering Department has announced that Phase 2 of the River Road reconstruction project will begin Wednesday, March 25.

  • Police: Man shot at New Orleans airport had explosives Mar 21, 2015 5:48 PM
    At one point a male TSA agent blocked the machete with a piece of luggage as White ran through a metal detector. Lt. Heather Slyve of the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office drew her weapon. White continued to swing the machete as she approached, and she fired three rounds, striking him in the face, chest and leg,

  • Testers needed to try paying for Metra, Pace with phone app Mar 21, 2015 9:26 AM
    Metra, Pace and the Chicago Transit Authority are seeking guinea pigs to try out a new transit app that will debut in a few months. Already, agency employees are testing the smartphone Ventra app, which will let people buy and display Metra mobile fares in lieu of paper tickets.

  • Transit sky ‘not falling,’ but proposed Rauner budget cuts tough, RTA says Mar 19, 2015 6:28 PM
    To compensate for proposed transit cuts in Gov. Bruce Rauner's budget, Metra would have to raise fares by 6 percent, RTA officials estimated. That was one example of possible fare increases and service reductions, the RTA posed. "We're trying to lay out the numbers in real human lives," Chairman Kirk Dillard said.

  • Tollway wants would-be Don Drapers to coin safety slogans Mar 19, 2015 6:04 AM
    If you've wanted to be Don Draper, the Illinois tollway has a job for you. The agency seeks snappy messages to post on its digital signs that will stop drivers behaving badly. The contest runs through March 27 and everyone can vote on top contenders.

  • Demolition clears way for Meijer in Round Lake Beach shopping center Mar 18, 2015 10:59 PM
    The aging and what had been mostly vacant Mallard Creek shopping center in Round Lake Beach is being demolished to make way for a Meijer store. The center adjoins Rollins Road, where two years of road construction to eliminate an at-grade train crossing is expected to wrap up by the end of June.

  • Fremont Center Road, other upgrades topic of open house Mar 18, 2015 1:15 PM
    Straightening the angle at Fremont Center Road and Route 60 near Mundelein originally was envisioned as a single intersection improvement, but the scope has expanded to a much larger area because of the possible Route 53 extension. "We're taking this opportunity to get all of these road connected in a way that makes sense," said project manager Darrell Kuntz. A public open house on the process is set for Wednesday.

  • Pedestrian struck, killed by Metra train in Lisle Mar 16, 2015 11:12 PM
    An inbound Metra train struck and killed a pedestrian Monday afternoon in Lisle, causing extensive delays for BNSF line commuters throughout rush hour, officials said.

  • Drowsy drivers the next target of safety group Mar 17, 2015 2:22 PM
    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will target drowsy drivers in 2015, Administrator Mark Rosekind told the Daily Herald. "Falling asleep at the wheel is a recipe for tragedy," Rosekind said during a visit to Chicago. Last month a trucker was convicted after fatigue led to a fatal crash on I-88.

  • Demolition of Buffalo Grove bridge set to begin Mar 15, 2015 8:44 PM
    The Raupp Boulevard Bridge between Lake-Cook Road and St. Mary’s Parkway in Buffalo Grove will be closed beginning Monday as part of a replacement project expected to last several months.

  • Peterson Road work to resume: Mar 13, 2015 5:01 PM
    Motorists in central Lake County are reminded that construction will resume shortly on Peterson Road and on Route 83 as part of a multiyear project.

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