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Trib Says Mayor Got $10,000 In Donations Linked To Red Light Camera Bidder

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Your transportation related headlines for Friday, March 24th, 2017.

Weekend Closures Planned For Adams Street Bridge - Chicago Sun-Times

Illinois’ New License Plate Is A Mashup Of Indiscernible Clip Art - Chicago Tribune

Questions On Timing, Cost Remain For Automatic Voter Registration At Drivers License Offices - Illinois News Network

The Wrong Way On Illinois DUIs - Chicago Tribune

IDOT: Time Running Out For I-55 Toll Lane Proposal - Chicago TribuneWould Losing Out On Another Illinois Cash Grab Scheme Really Be A Tragedy

Tollway Puts $4 Million Toward Increasing Contractor Diversity - Chicago Daily Herald

Hundred March In Loop Over Obamacare Repeal Effort - Chicago Sun-Times

Emanuel’s Wrigleyville Parking Ripoff Could Be Just The Beginning - Chicago Tribune

Alderman Spar Over City Placing Red Light Cameras Against An Alderman’s Wishes - Chicago Tribune

Active Transportation Alliance Using Crash Victim To Lobby For Ill-Conceived, Likely Illegal Truck Safety Measures, Which A City Cannot Impose On A Federally Regulated Industry, Plus More Traffic Clogging Bike Lanes As Well - Active Transportation Alliance

Aldermen Tussle Over Honorary Streets - Chicago Sun-Times

More Fake News About How Issuing Tickets To South, West Side Bikers Is Racial Profiling - Chainlink

Lack Of Crossing Guards At Schools A Dangerous ‘Failure,’ Alderman Says - DNA Chicago

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Your transportation related headlines for Thursday, March 23rd, 2017.

Of 10 Largest Metro Areas In U.S., Only Chicago’s Loses Residents - Chicago Sun-Times; High Taxes, High Crime Rate Cited By Those Who Have Left Illinois - Chicago Tribune; The Horrifying Health Stats On Chicago’s Poorest Neighborhoods - Crain’s Chicago Business; Meanwhile Builders Here Are Still Building Apartments - Wall Street Journal; Watch For Madigan, Preckwinkle And Emanuel To Monetize This Trend With An Exit Fee; Slow Growth, Aging Population Plaguing Illinois - Crain’s Chicago Business

The Insatiable Monster Of Municipal Greed: City Chief Financial Officer Carole Wanted To Boost Parking Rate 500% To $12 A Hour During Events At Wrigley Field - Chicago Sun-Times

Tunney, Wrigleyville Residents Remain Opposed To Ricketts Racketeers’ Demands For Street Closures Around Wrigley - Chicago Sun-Times

DUI Crackdown Coming To The Bridgeport Area This Weekend - DNA Chicago

Boy’s Death Prompts CDOT Traffic Study Of Intersection - Chicago Streetsblog; Alderman, Spokesman Already Grandstanding About Speeding And Truck Traffic, BOTH OF WHICH HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH THE ACCIDENT

More Low-Information Nonsense About How Bike Ticketing On South/West Side Equals Racial Profiling - Next City

Here’s How Bicyclists, Runners Will Be Split On Revamped Lakefront Path - DNA Chicago

Alderman Hurt By Squirrel While Biking Returns To City Hall, Jokes About Banning Them - DNA Chicago

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Your transportation related headlines for Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017.

A Hero’s Story: Neighbor Pulls Man From Hoffman Estates Apartment Fire - Chicago Daily Herald

Parking Ticket Aide Who Angered Neighbors Transferred Out, Alderman Says - DNA Chicago

Dearborn Street ‘Special Snowflake’ Bikers Object To Having To Watch Out For Pedestrians Traversing Their City Subsidized ‘Safe Space’ - Chainlink; News Flash: ALL VEHICLE OPERATORS, Including Bikers, Are Required By Illinois Law To Watch Out For Pedestrians; Blame CDOT For Poorly Designed Bike Lanes That Bring Bikers, Pedestrians, And Drivers Into Conflict

Hypocrisy Alert: Active Transportation Alliance Claims That Enforcing Biker Laws On The South And West Side Is Racial Profiling - Active Transportation Alliance; But Somehow The Concentration Of Hundreds Of Red Light And Speed Cameras In Those Same Neighborhoods, And The City Flagrantly Breaking The Law On Camera Ticketing, Is Just Dandy

Over The Top, Gold-Plated, ‘Sistine Chapel Level’ Restoration Of The CTA Wilson Red Line Station Explains Much Of The Bloated $200M Budget For Just ONE Station - CBS 2 Chicago

CTA Would Take Bit Hit Under Trump Budget Cuts - Crain’s Chicago Business; Active Transportation Alliance Wants To Keep The Transit Boondoggle Cash Flowing - Active Transportation Alliance; As City Hall Is Set To Renew Sanctuary City Law - Chicago Tun-Times, Will Trump Move To Cut Even More Funds To Chicago

Shooting Themselves In The Ass With Their Own Agenda — Streetsbloggers Whine And Complain About Upgraded Parking For Irving Park Metra Station - Chicago Streetsblog, Even Though Offering Parking Would Boost Metra Ridership, And Reduce The Number Of Cars Coming Downtown

Lincoln Square’s North-South Divide Needs To Be Bridged By Reconnecting Lincoln Avenue, Alderman Says - DNA Chicago

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Your transportation related headlines for Tuesday, March 21st, 2017.

Red-Light Changes Nowhere Near Enough, Alderman Says; Yellow Lights Still Too Short - Chicago Sun-Times

Streetsblog, Active Transportation Alliance Both Drink City Hall Kool-Aid, Completely Buying Into CDOT Junk-Science Study On Chicago Red Light Cameras — A 104 Page Collection Of CDOT Alternative Facts, Fake News And Plain Old Bullcrap On Traffic Safety - Chicago StreetsblogActive Transportation AllianceNever Trust CDOT To Tell The Truth On Traffic Safety; See The National Motorists Association Website For A Collection Of Real Science Studies On The Safety Myth Of Red Light Cameras

City Will Harass Commuters With New West Loop Morning Parking Ban - DNA Chicago

Cyclists Have Never Ending Demands For Pet Projects, But Never Want To Pay For Them - Urban Milwaukee

Hypocrisy Alert: Streetsblog Demands Full Enforcement Of The Law For Drivers, But Wants No Bike Law Enforcement For South, West Side (Or Anywhere Else For That Matter) - Chicago Streetsblog

Streetsblog’s Latest Dumbass Idea: Let CTA Scofflaws Skip Out On Fares — Leaving The Honest Riders, Taxpayers, And The Perennially Bankrupt CTA Holding The Bag For Lost Revenue - Chicago Reader

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Your transportation related headlines for Monday, March 20th, 2017.


conic Rock And Roller, Chuck Berry – Singer Of Classic Car Tune‘Maybellene’, Dies At 90 - New York TimesSong Made Our List Of Top 50 Car Or Driving Themed Songs Ever

Here’s Where Red-Light Cameras Are Being Installed, Removed - DNA Chicago; Note That CDOT Will Be Targeting Downtown With Six New Cameras; And Surprise, Surprise: THE CAMERAS THAT ARE BEING REMOVED DID NOTHING TO REDUCE CRASHES, AND ACTUALLY CAUSED MORE REAR-END CRASHES!

Red Light Rules Change As City Relaxes Time Allowed To Run A Light - DNA ChicagoChicago Sun-Times

The Second City: Love Advice For A Chicago Red Light Camera - Redeye

The Latest Laughable Justification For Letting Bikers Ignore Red Lights, Stop Signs - Bicycling

Pyke: Answers To Questions About New Illinois License Plates, Railroad Crossing Safety - Chicago Daily Herald

Neighbors’ Traffic, Parking Concerns Raised Over Jefferson Park Project - DNA Chicago

Project With 16 Apartments, 16 Parking Spaces, Near Montrose And Cicero, Granted Final Approval, Despite Neighbors’ Traffic And Parking Concerns - DNA Chicago

Jefferson Park Car Haters Plan Nonsense Protests Over Parking Spaces For September - Nadig Newspapers

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Your transportation related headlines for Friday, March 17th, 2017.

HAPPY SECOND BIRTHDAY!! Two Years Ago, The Drivers Side Column Began Appearing In The Expired Meter. On March 19, 2015, The Very First Drivers Side First Column Debuted, Featuring News Regarding Red Light Cameras –  An Issue That Is Still Making News Today. Thank You For Your Loyal Readership Over These Past Two Years. We Hope You Have Enjoyed Our Daily Recaps, Retorts, And Rants, On The Issues Affecting Drivers In Chicago And Elsewhere. As Always, Your Feedback Is Always Welcome And Encouraged.

Toronto Is Considering A Sale Of Its Parking Meters - Toronto Star; Someone Tell Them How That Deal Turned South For Chicago

Illinois Seat Belt Bill Sparking Debate - Fox Illinois

Last Call For Common Sense: No Drinking Before 21 At Restaurants - Chicago Tribune

Police Department Will Soon Provide Real-Time Crash Data to CDOT - Chicago StreetsblogBut Don’t Expect CDOT To Tell The Truth About Accidents

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Your transportation related headlines for Thursday, March 16th, 2017.

Kamin: On Further Review, Illinois’ New License Plates Even Worse - Chicago Tribune

DUI Crackdown Coming To South Side For Second Weekend In A Row - DNA Chicago

New Loop ‘L’ Stop Construction To Shut Down Wabash Avenue Traffic, Reroute Loop ‘L’ Trains, On St. Patrick’s Day Weekend - DNA Chicago

Lane Closures Scheduled For Weekend On Jane Addams Tollway - Chicago Sun-Times

City Releases More Details About The Upcoming Vision Zero War On Cars - Chicago Streetsblog

Ideas For Safer Biking On Chicago Street - Chicagoist; Dibs For Bikers - Chainlink

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Your transportation related headlines for Wednesday, March 15th, 2017.

Congressman Lipinski Ponders Self Driving Car Regulation - Chicago Tribune

Extra DUI Patrols Will ‘Saturate’ River North For St. Patrick’s Day: Police - DNA Chicago

Chicago Other Cities Shop For $10 Billion Of Electric Cars To Defy Trump - Crain’s Chicago Business

City Rolling Out New Loading Zone Charges To Gouge Businesses For Truck Deliveries - Chicago Tribune

While Fingerprint Checks Remain Gold Standard For Ride-Share Companies - The HillChicago Gives Uber (And Principal Investor/Rahm’s Brother Ari Emanuel) A Free Pass

After Tuesday Lake Effect Snowstorm, Widow, Seniors Get Help Shoveling Snow From My Block My Hood My City - DNA Chicago

Canadian Pacific In Battle With Illinois Over Use Of Railroad’s Yard Next To O’Hare For Highway Project - Trains

Chicago Anti-Trump March Set For April 15 - Chicago Tribune

CTA Construction To Cause Lane Closure On Dan Ryan - Chicago Sun-Times

CTA Trying To Cram The $600M Belmont Flyover Boondoggle Down The Neighborhood’s Throat - DNA Chicago

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Your transportation related headlines for Tuesday, March 14th, 2017.

Mother Nature Brings Belated Blizzard Bitch-Slap — Lake Effect Mid-March Snow Blankets Chicago, Causing Mess For Roads, Trains And Airports - CBS 2 ChicagoChicago Sun-TimesChicago TribuneChicago Daily HeraldDNA ChicagoChicagoist; 1920 Video Shows How Chicago Dealt With Snowstorms Nearly 100 Years Ago - DNA Chicago; 7 Injured In 35 Car Pileup On Icy Kennedy Expressway - Chicago Tribune; Baby Girl Born On Lake Shore Drive Amid Snowstorm Traffic Delays - DNA ChicagoChicago Tribune; Road Salt Piling Up Even As March Snowstorm Hits - Chicago Tribune; Clearing The Snow Off My Driveway In 20 Easy Steps - Chicago Now; Ooops — Convertible ‘Completely Full Of Snow’ After Top Left Down During Snowstorm - DNA Chicago

Are You Sharing An I-PASS Transponder — Tollway Might Penalize You If It’s Missing - Chicago Daily Herald

Letter: Illinois Bill Would Let Kids Drink With Parents – What Could Go Wrong - Chicago Sun-Times

Pace Buses May Soon Use Jane Addams Tollway Shoulder For Express Service - Active Transportation Alliance

Chicago Law Firm Focuses On Legal Aspects Of Ride-Sharing, Including Insurance Coverage - Chicago Tribune

Hit And Run Victims Often Get Little Help - Chicago Reader

Driver Attacks Cyclist During Road Rage Fight In Logan Square, Police Say - DNA Chicago

Streetsblog Has Terminal Temper Tantrum, Cyclist Sense Of Entitlement Meltdown, When Broke State Of Illinois Delays Funding For A Bike Bridge - Streetsblog Chicago

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Your transportation related headlines for Monday, March 13th, 2017.

Chicago Red Light Camera Bribery Prosecutor Resigns At Request Of Trump Administration - Chicago Tribune

Drivers Beware: City Stepping Up Enforcement Of Cars Blocking Bike Lanes - Chicago Tribune

Late Winter Snow Snarls Chicago Road Traffic, Cancels Flights - ABC 7 Chicago; It’s The Law: Shovel Your Sidewalk By 10 P.M. Or Risk A $500 Fine - DNA Chicago; The History of ‘Dibs’: Did It Begin in Chicago - DNA Chicago

Emanuel To Unveil Plan To Eliminate Traffic Deaths - CBS 2 Chicago

CDOT: Rauner Plays Politics With Chicago Infrastructure Funds - CBS 2 Chicago

Repairs Planned For 115th Street Bridge Over Bishop Ford - Chicago Sun-Times

Illinois Bill Seeks Stiffer Sentences for Impaired Wrong-Way Drivers - U.S. News And World Report

New Ids Foster Communication Between Drivers With Disabilities, Police - Chicago Daily Herald

No Accountability For Driver Who Hit Active Trans Staffer - Active Transportation Alliance