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  • Editorial: Stay calm, alert through road construction Jul 30, 2014 9:08 AM
    A Daily Herald editorial says we'll get through this worst-ever season of construction on Chicago roadways, but only with patience and an eye on safety.

  • How the Route 53/120 extension could be funded Jul 30, 2014 5:10 AM
    The education portion is over and the hands-on work of securing numbers for potential ways to pay for a Route 53/120 extension is underway. A panel charged with making recommendations to the Illinois State Toll Highway Authority designated three groups to deal with questions involving new tolls or a gas tax in Lake County, for example, raising funds from new development and paying for a required environmental fund.

  • Truck overturns at I-90 entrance ramp Jul 29, 2014 11:21 AM
    A truck overturned on the entrance ramp to eastbound I-90 from Route 53 Tuesday morning. The accident briefly closed the left side of the ramp.

  • Chicago Transit Authority reports drop in crime Jul 29, 2014 5:35 PM
    Chicago officials are releasing figures that show violent crime and thefts on Chicago Transit Authority trains, buses and platforms has dropped significantly.

  • State police cracking down on trucks on I-90/94 Jul 29, 2014 6:06 PM
    The Illinois State Police will join 15 states along the I-90 and I-94 corridor in a massive public safety initiative called the I-90/94 Challenge aimed to reduce traffic fatalities and prevent criminal activity, according to a news release issued Tuesday.

  • Lake County trying new technology for traffic light system Jul 29, 2014 8:34 AM
    The Lake County Division of Transportation is using a new technology that allows for real-time collection of traffic data and signal timing. The first corridor is being installed along Aptakisic Road in Buffalo Grove, and a second is being considered for Gilmer Road near Hawthorn Woods. “If it were a holiday or if it were a snowstorm and people went home early, it reacts to actual traffic,” Paula Trigg, a county engineer, said.

  • Furor engulfs Chicago’s red-light camera system Jul 28, 2014 6:09 PM
    Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s administration is scrambling to contain a furor over the city’s red-light camera system, which may have ticketed thousands of motorists under questionable circumstances. Eight aldermen have asked the city’s top watchdog to launch a probe into the ticket surge, and private attorneys are gathering information for a possible class-action lawsuit.

  • Why this is the worst summer construction season ever Jul 28, 2014 5:15 AM
    Late for day care. Late for work. Late for meetings. Crawling along I-355. At a standstill on I-90. Sweating on Route 31. Weeping on the Elgin O'Hare (not) Expressway. Is this the worst summer for traffic ever? “It is one of the worst and it is only going to get worse,” University of Illinois at Chicago expert Steve Schlickman predicted.

  • Report: Falsified work logs at Metra caused problems Jul 29, 2014 5:39 AM
    Falsified work logs at Metra led to some employees being paid for work they didn't do and others not getting paid when they showed up, a report released Monday says. But the commuter rail agency blasted the Illinois executive inspector general's report as a waste of time that documented a practice that was once widely used and was abandoned by Metra three years ago.

  • Editorial: No alarm, but concern is appropriate at Metra Jul 27, 2014 1:01 AM
    A Daily Herald editorial says an increase in discipline cases at Metra deserves to be watched, but is no sign of alarm.

  • Hart Road construction update Jul 27, 2014 5:00 PM
    Officials say a Hart Road construction project in Round Lake is nearing completion.

  • O’Hare worker accused of taking computers Jul 25, 2014 7:31 PM
    A worker at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport is accused of stealing two computers from military foot lockers that were being shipped overseas. Authorities say cameras recorded James Matthews of Sauk Village taking items from the lockers at the airport’s post office and place them in a truck. Authorities say the cameras were set up to investigate suspected thefts at the post office.

  • I-90 reopens after truck fire Jul 25, 2014 7:47 PM
    The Jane Addams Tollway has reopened after a semitrailer truck caught fire near Huntley about 4 p.m. Friday. State police said the both directions of the tollway were open by 6:40 p.m.

  • Investigations of Metra engineers on the rise for 2014 Jul 24, 2014 5:14 AM
    The number of discipline cases involving Metra engineers for the first half of 2014 is 11 - the same total for all of 2013. The negative trend ... officials said. A look at problems over three years revealed speeding and signal violations plus a bathroom faux pas. “Some years you have relatively low numbers and some you have relatively high numbers," Metra Executive Director Don Orseno said. "We're doing everything we can do to drive those numbers down.”

  • FAA lifts ban on U.S. flights to Israel Jul 23, 2014 11:36 PM
    The Federal Aviation Administration lifted its ban Wednesday on U.S. flights in and out of Israel, which the agency had imposed out of concern for the risk of planes being hit by Hamas rockets. The decision was effective at 10:45 p.m.

  • Hanover Park’s Craig to replace Mulder on Metra board Jul 23, 2014 6:20 PM
    Cook County commissioners picked Hanover Park Village President Rodney Craig to fill a vacant spot on the Metra board Wednesday. Craig will attend his first Metra meeting in August, replacing former Arlington Heights Mayor Arlene Mulder.

  • Semi driver in I-55 crash faked logs, authorities say Jul 22, 2014 5:36 PM
    A semi-truck driver involved in crash that killed four people southwest of Chicago on I-55 was driving too fast and falsified entries in a logbook tracking the number of hours he spent behind the wheel, authorities said Tuesday. Last year, a Vernon Hills state trooper was killed by a truck driver who fell asleep after driving 18 hours.

  • Suburban officials: O’Hare noise monitors not enough Jul 22, 2014 6:26 PM
    In the wake of multiple complaints from communities in flight paths, Chicago announced it will install more noise monitors in the city and suburbs. This comes as new data indicates a surge in noise concerns.

  • More suburbs getting quiet zones for train horns Jul 21, 2014 5:16 AM
    Do you get misty-eyed over train songs like Willie Nelson's "The City of New Orleans"? Or are you more of a Johnny Cash, "When I hear that whistle blowing, I hang my head and cry"? Then, this column — all about relief from train horns with Quiet Zones — is for you.

  • Police: Speeding truck plowed into cars on I-55 Jul 22, 2014 9:19 AM
    Five people have been confirmed dead in two separate crashes Monday afternoon on Interstate 55 near Channahon, authorities said. The first crash on northbound I-55 south of Arsenal Road resulted in four fatalities. The second crash on southbound I-55 at Route 6, involving two semitrailer trucks, resulted in the death of a truck driver.

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