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“The Driver’s Side” – News From The Motorist’s Perspective

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Your transportation related headlines for Wednsday, November 25th, 2015

After Court-Ordered Release Of Laquan McDonald Shooting Video, Over Rahm Objections, Protesters Block Streets, Intersections, And Expressways Downtown; Assaults On Police Lead To Arrests - Chicago Tribune; Now We Know Why Rahm Wanted To Bury This Video During His Re-Election Campaign - Breitbart; And This Is Not The First Time That Rahm Has Tried To Use Litigation Tactics To Cover Up Police Misconduct

Uber, Lyft Land At Chicago Airports In Time For Thanksgiving - Chicago Tribune

Gas Up Before Thanksgiving Rather Than After Says Expert - Chicago Sun Times; Cheap Gas Fueling Expanded Thanksgiving Travel Day - Yahoo

Is Chicago Food Truck Law Vulnerable To Legal Challenge - Illinois Policy Institute

No Route 59 Lane Closures Expected Over Holiday Weekend - Chicago Tribune‎

Voodoo Traffic Engineering – Streetsblog Says Widening Highways Increases Traffic Congestion - Chicago Streetsblog; In The Real World, This Theory Of Induced Demand Is Pure Hogwash - Cato Institute

Streetsblog Peddling Same Old Nonsense That Speed Cameras Promote Safety - Chicago Streetsblog

IDOT Debuts Winter Weather Driving Tips Video

The Illinois Department of Transportation just released a video, just ahead of winter, to remind drivers on how best to deal with challenging seasonal road conditions.

Good tips and perhaps a reminder to all those motorists who completely forgot how to drive on snow and ice over the past few months.

“The Driver’s Side” – News From The Motorist’s Perspective

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Your transportation related headlines for Tuesday, November 24th, 2015

Approximately 42 Million Americans Are Expected To Take A Road Trip This Thanksgiving - AAA; 2.5 Million In Illinois - Chicago Sun Times; Traveling for Thanksgiving – Gas Prices Are Lowest in Seven Years - NBC News

Turkey Day Run Thursday Morning Will Close Some LSD Exits - Turkey Day Run

Letter: Cheers For Reporting On Camera Revenue, But Where Did The Money Go - Chicago Tribune

Rahm Tax Shakedown To Hit North Side Neighborhoods Hard - Chicago Real Estate Daily

Chicago Struggles To Auction Off Taxi Medallions - Crains Chicago Business

Streetsblog Embraces Euro-Crackpot Scheme For Car Free Streets In The Loop, Despite The Retail Apocalypse That Was The State Street Mall -Chicago Streetsblog

Letter: Grateful For Help From Highway Good Samaritans - Chicago Tribune

Michigan Avenue Ramp Off Lake Shore Drive To Close Tuesday - DNA Chicago

Vehicle Sticker Renewal Reminders Latest Victim Of Budget Stalemate - Chicago Tribune

Laquan McDonald Protesters Produce Traffic Chaos Tuesday Night


It started around 5 PM or so in the South Loop.

Just after the city released the dash cam video of Laquan McDonald being shot and killed by a Chicago police officer, a small group of protesters began a march down Roosevelt eastbound from UIC.

According to media reports, using social media, the crowd grew to several hundred, emboldening protesters to step into the middle of Roosevelt at several intersections to block traffic. Roosevelt at State, Wabash and Michigan. Then an attempt to move down Michigan Avenue was thwarted by a line of policemen.

“The Driver’s Side” – News From The Motorist’s Perspective


EDITOR’S NOTE: After a well deserved week long break Mr. Otto Mobile returns from vacation with his excellent (and often hilarious) roundup of transportation news and headlines. Welcome back Otto!

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Your transportation related headlines for Monday, November 23th, 2015

State Rep. Calls for Moratorium on Red Light Cameras in Illinois - NBC 5 Chicago

Redflex Admits There Is No More Room For Growth In The US Red Light Camera Or Speed Camera Market - Thenewspaper.Com

Record November Snow Hits Chicago Area Streets - Chicago Sun Times; Icy Roads Blamed For Most Crashes On Ryan, Kennedy - Chicago Tribune; New Chicago Snow Removal Ordinance Taking Effect This Saturday - Active Transportation Alliance

Chicago Gas Prices Slipping Ahead Of Thanksgiving Holiday - Chicago Sun Times; Many Factors Behind Gas Price Spikes, Attorney General Madigan Told - State Journal Register; Chicago Gas Prices Still Higher Than They Would Ordinarily Be, Due To Taxes - Illinois Policy Institute

Kennedy Expressway Ranked Worst Bottleneck In U.S. - CBS 2 Chicago

Chicago Has Lots At Stake In Federal Highway Bills - Crains Chicago Business

Chicago Thanksgiving Parade Thursday Morning On State Street; Watch For Street Closures - DNA Chicago; Father Pfleger Plans Black Friday Protest On Michigan Avenue - DNA Chicago

Dan Ryan Lane Closures Set For Overnight Monday And Tuesday - Chicago Sun Times

State Rep. LaShawn Ford Calls For End To Red Light, Speed Cams

Turn them off and take them down.

That’s the essence of what Illinois State Representative LaShawn Ford wants to do to all red light and speed cameras operating in Illinois.

Ford recently introduced legislation in Springfield–legislation that could come up before the Illinois General Assembly as soon as next month according to NBC 5.

260 Trucks & Snow Plows Battle Early Season Snowstorm

A city snow plow travels down Milwaukee Avenue Monday afternoon.

A city snow plow travels down Milwaukee Avenue .

260 city trucks hit the streets to begin tackling the season’s first snowstorm late Friday night.

The Department of Streets and Sanitation says 70 trucks were deployed at 9 PM, and another 190 began snow removal and salting on the city’s major thoroughfares at 10 PM.

An early season snowstorm threatened the area with between two to 10 inches of snow between Friday and Saturday night according to weather forecasts.

Mayor Under Fire Over Speed Camera Debacle

Mayor Rahm Emanuel is not happy.

That’s because one of his pet revenue projects, the city’s speed camera program, has been proven to have issued hundreds of thousands of improperly issued violations by the Chicago Tribune.

The Tribune estimates the city has issued nearly $2.5 million in erroneous ticket fines.

The Tribune discovered problems with nearly every aspect of speed camera enforcement. In some cases signs were not installed properly, tickets were issued around schools when school was out, or were issued after parks closed or when parks were under construction.

Tribune Exposes Thousands Of Erroneous Speed Camera Tickets

Tribune speed cam coverIn an effort to make himself the most hated person on the 6th floor of City Hall, reporter David Kidwell dropped another blow to Chicago’s automated traffic enforcement industry in Wednesday’s Chicago Tribune.

The Trib story provides overwhelming evidence the city’s speed camera program has been issuing tens of thousands of erroneous violations costing unsuspecting drivers millions of dollars in fines.

Among the findings, the Tribune discovered more than 22,000 speed cam tickets were issued around parks which were closed for construction, over 11,000 speeding tickets were issued around parks past the parks posted hours, and 28,000 tickets were issued at locations where warning signs were either not posted or obscured.

Not only that, a random review of 1,500 tickets around school zones found a third had no children present in the video or photographs. And 62,000 school zone speeding tickets were issued during the summer–when school was out.

Video: City’s Parking, RLC Ticket Amnesty In The News

Fox Chicago News reports on city’s parking and red light camera ticket amnesty program, which allows vehicle owners to pay tickets from before 2012 at face value–without any of the additional fines for paying late or collection fees.

The reporting is mildly erroneous stating that scofflaws can pay off old speed camera tickets, however no speed camera tickets would be eligible as the city’s speed camera program began in 2013.

The amnesty program lasts until December 31st, 2015.

After that date all the discounted fees would be reinstated.

This six week period is a great way for scofflaws to pay off old tickets at the original, face value of the ticket–a savings of at least 50% of what was owed.