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  • Pyke: What local legislators say about transit cuts Mar 2, 2015 5:30 AM
    If you’re a Republican state lawmaker whose voters depend on Metra to get to work, how do you defend a budget that slashes transit? And if you’re a Democrat from the suburbs, can you denounce a budget that gives $120 million more to roads? We examine those paradoxes, plus readers hot about distracted driving and more.

     
  • CTA promises quick links for commuters Mar 2, 2015 7:21 PM
    The CTA starts work this spring on a new bus center at Union Station aimed at making it easier for commuters to get around the Loop.

     
  • Vehicles could compare notes about hazards on I-90 Mar 2, 2015 7:22 PM
    The tollway hopes to test out 'Knight Rider' technology on its revamped I-90 corridor. The agency is partnering with an engineering firm to apply for a federal grant to turn I-90 into a laboratory for "connected cars" that talk to each other.

     
  • Stevenson football championship signs: Mar 2, 2015 5:23 PM
    The Illinois Department of Transportation has recently installed three Class 8A Illinois Football State Champions signs on northbound Milwaukee Avenue, eastbound Half Day Road and westbound Half Day Road to commemorate Stevenson High School’s first football state championship.

     
  • Rauner’s transportation budget: Bikers up, transit down Mar 2, 2015 6:39 PM
    Disabled transit riders are losers but motorcycle riders are winners in the proposed budget by Gov. Bruce Rauner, a Harley enthusiast. The fiscal plan would chop about $8.5 million for paratransit and increase funding for free motorcycle safety classes by $633,000. The budget also recommends significant cuts to Pace, Metra and the CTA while bumping up revenues for highways and roads.

     
  • New Hampshire lake is Lower 48’s only ice runway Feb 28, 2015 2:49 PM
    After being grounded by bad ice and worse weather for most of the winter, the Alton Bay Seaplane Base and its ice runway are open.Dozens of pilots from all over the Northeast took advantage of a rare, sunny, storm-free Saturday to touch down on the frozen lake, the only ice runway in the lower 48 states approved by the Federal Aviation Administration.

     
  • Suburban O'Hare Commission hires consultants to help battle airport noise Feb 27, 2015 8:35 AM
    A group of towns near O'Hare International Airport has hired two consulting firms to assist them in their battle against airport noise. The Suburban O'Hare Commission, a group of 11 governmental entities in Northwest suburban Cook County and northern DuPage County, announced Thursday the hiring of aviation experts who will provide the group technical data and help lobbying federal, state and Chicago officials in hopes of reducing airport noise, officials said.

     
  • Water pipeline move begins; costs $73 million Feb 27, 2015 3:30 PM
    Massive pipes carrying water to northwest Cook residents are being moved starting this week to make way for I-90 expansion. Will the $73 million cost mean a rate hike? Not necessarily, the water agency director says.

     
  • Airport responds to mayors' oppostion to runway extension Feb 27, 2015 5:30 AM
    Chicago Executive Airport managers say they hear “loud and clear” from CEA's municipal owners who came out swinging this week against a runway extension. But the third busiest airport in Illinois also released a statement Thursday saying a controversial master plan continues.

     
  • Trucker convicted in 2014 fatal Illinois Tollway crash Feb 26, 2015 4:34 PM
    Trucker convicted in 2014 Illinois Tollway crash that killed worker, injured state trooper

     
  • Airport CEO would get big bonus if runway extension is approved Feb 26, 2015 9:01 AM
    The contract between Chicago Executive Airport and CEO Charlie Priester shows that he could receive lucrative bonuses if the CEA wins state and federal approval for a runway project. As CEO, Priester's primary job is steering a long-term study, for which he is paid $6,000 a month, according to the one-year contract obtained by the Daily Herald.

     
  • 'Massive' construction ahead for I-90, Elgin-O'Hare commuters Feb 27, 2015 5:27 AM
    Remember the 90-minute crawl home on the tollway last summer? Those were the good old days. This year will be worse as tollway engineers embrace the biggest road work load ever.

     
  • Prospect Heights mayor joins opposition to longer runway Feb 25, 2015 8:50 AM
    The leaders of Wheeling and Prospect Heights have announced their opposition to runway extension at Chicago Executive Airport, but Charlie Priester, hired to oversee a blueprint for the facility’s future, wants to keep studying expansion. "I can’t see any purpose to disenfranchising people with their homes and their business to extend the runway,” Helmer said Tuesday, a day after Agiris expressed his objections.

     
  • Toyota rolls out first mass-market cars to run on hydrogen fuel cells Feb 25, 2015 7:18 PM
    At 300 miles, the four-seat Mirai offers the longest range of any electric vehicle on the market. A full tank of hydrogen, Toyota adds, has enough energy to power the average American home for a week.

     
  • Algonquin to build new path, widen Highland Avenue Feb 25, 2015 5:26 PM
    Algonquin is applying for state funds to build next year a new “shared-use” path for walking, bicycling, and inline skating. The path will run along Highland Avenue from Tanglewood Drive to the village limits with Barrington Hills. Additionally, Highland Avenue will be completely redone, including new curbs and gutters, an enclosed storm sewer system, and widening from the current 22 feet to 28 feet.

     
  • Learn about Washington St. project at Grayslake open house Feb 24, 2015 6:54 PM
    An open house is set for Monday from 5 to 7 p.m. in Grayslake on the Washington Street underpass project. This and an adjoining project set to begin this summer, will complete the widening and improvement of the main east-west throughfare that has been ongoing for 25 years.

     
  • Wheeling mayor: ‘Enough’ with runway study Feb 24, 2015 5:30 AM
    Wheeling Village President Dean Argiris has sent a clear message to Chicago Executive Airport brass: runway expansion is “never going to happen.” Gesturing his hands in a timeout, Argiris told airport leaders Monday night to put the brakes on talk of extending the main runway. “Don’t waste any more of our time or my time,” Argiris told airport CEO Charlie Priester.

     
  • Why hands-free driving isn't risk-free Feb 24, 2015 5:58 AM
    Thanks to technology, drivers can conference call, set up a play-date, yell at underlings, order pizza AND drive with a hands-free device. Yet, safety experts warn, hands-free doesn't mean risk-free. “You need your brain to drive and you need your brain to talk,” cognitive psychologist Paul Atchley cautions. “If you try to do both at once, you increase the risk of being in a crash.”

     
  • Trial of trucker opens Tuesday in fatal 2014 crash by Aurora Feb 23, 2015 1:34 PM
    Trial of trucker opens Tuesday in 2014 crash that killed Tollway worker, hurt police officer

     
  • Mt. Prospect in way of airport expansion Feb 23, 2015 5:00 AM
    Letter to the editor: Jim Mack writes that the real losers in the proposed expansion of Chicago Executive Airport are residents of Mount Prospect liek him, who will get the bruint of the smell and additional noise.

     
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