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Your transportation related headlines for Friday, February 5th, 2016

Legislator Wants Grace Period For License Plate Stickers - Chicago Tribune

Millennium, Grant Garages Get A New Operator - Crains Chicago Business; How Long Before The New Operator Has To Sue The City For A Multi-Million Dollar Contract Breach

Anita Alvarez Challengers Raise Issue Of Dash Cam Shooting Scandal - Chicago Daily Herald; Alvarez Says She Did Nothing Wrong - Chicago Daily Herald

CTU Protest Blocks Congress Parkway, Loop Streets At Height Of Thursday PM Rush Hour - DNA Chicago; CPS Kicks A $1.8 Billion Can Down The Road - Chicago Tribune

Temporary Lane Closures Scheduled For Sunday On Kennedy Expressway - Chicago Sun-Times

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Your transportation related headlines for Thursday February 4th, 2016

NU Gets $311,778 To Study Red-Light Camera Program - Chicago Sun-Times; Despite Hundreds Of Red Light And Speed Cams Installed For Dubious Safety Concerns, Chicago Pedestrian Deaths Went Up Last Year - Chicago Streetsblog

Governor Seeking To Add Paid Express Lanes To Stevenson Expressway - CBS 2 Chicago

Feds Link Chicago Parking Meter Bribes To Oregon Scandal - Chicago Sun-Times

Illinois EPA No Longer Sending Emission Test Notices - ABC 7 Chicago

Time For Lincoln Towing To Answer for Its Sins, Alderman Says - DNA Chicago

All Chicago Street Police Will Now Receive Tasers at Start of Their Shifts - DNA Chicago

Streetsblog Heaps Praise On A CDOT Screw Up - Chicago Streetsblog; Intersection Of Irving And Clarendon Completely Gridlocked To Make A Bike Lane; Cars That Used To Be Able To Go South On Clarendon To Halsted/Broadway Are Now Forced To Turn — And Only One Or Two Cars Can Even Make That Turn At Rush Hour — Traffic Engineering? FAIL!

New Wood Street Bike Lane Could Extend to The 606, Cortland Street in 2017 - DNA Chicago

Free Weekend Parking Comes To An End In Logan Square

CDOT workers remove signs allowing parking along Logan Square Wednesday. Photo credit: Andrew Schneider/DNA Info.

CDOT workers remove signs allowing parking along Logan Square Wednesday. Photo credit: Andrew Schneider/DNA Info.

The signs came down Wednesday.

After five years, parking along historic Logan Blvd., Kedzie Blvd. and Humboldt Blvd. officially ended when Chicago Department of Transportation workers removed signs allowing parking on weekends according to DNA Info.

The signs, which went up in 2011 at the behest of former alderman Rey Colon, allowed parking 7 AM and 9 PM Saturday and Sunday, and from 7 to 9 PM Wednesday.

The signs just formalized the unofficial stand down order for parking enforcement which allowed patrons of several churches in the area to park without fear of parking tickets.

But many residents were opposed to the change in parking policy at the time and felt parked cars detracted from the beauty of the boulevards.

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Your transportation related headlines for Wednesday February 3rd, 2016

Illinois State Reps Slam Red Light Cameras, Chicago Administrative Law Judges - Illinois News Network

Streetsblog Launches Attack On Rep. Ken Dunkin For Opposing Red Light Cameras That Do Not Reduce Accidents And Brought Multi-Million Dollar Corruption To Chicago - Chicago Streetsblog

CTU To Rally Downtown Thursday In Dispute With CPS - NBC 5 Chicago; Rahm Wants To Raise Taxes Again For Teacher Pensions - Chicago Sun-Times – On Top Of The Largest Tax Increase In Modern Chicago History; 5 Reasons Why Chicago Cannot Afford To Get Steamrolled By Another CTU Contract - Illinois Policy Institute

Rahm Will Not Get To Appoint His Own Stooge For The Full Remaining Term Of 4th Ward Seat – Special Election Set For Next Year - DNA Chicago

Ben Joravsky: This Would Have Been The Year For The Chicago Boondoggle Olympics - Chicago Reader

Active Transportation Alliance Cheers Dangerous Contra Flow Bike Lanes For N. Side - Active Transportation Alliance

Potholes Are Down Due To Mild Winter

There are many upsides to a mild winter, but one positive outcome has been less potholes–a lot less than in the previous two years.

The winters of 2014 and 2015 produced a bumper crop of potholes across the city. But data from the city indicates much fewer potholes popping up this winter.

WLS TV reports CDOT only filled about 40,000 potholes in January. That’s down from 60,000 in January 2015 and a whopping 94,000 in 2014 when the polar vortex gob smacked the city.

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Your transportation related headlines for Tuesday February 2nd, 2016

UPDATE: Lincoln Towing Gives Back Car Involved In Dispute, Says Driver Is New – DNA Chicago

Remembering The Groundhog Day Blizzard/LSD Shutdown Of 2011, Five Years Later – WGN 9 Chicago; And Speaking Of Groundhog Day, One Of The Funniest Car Chase Scenes Ever From The Classic Film (Not Bad Driving For A Quadruped)

State Comptroller: State Income Tax Would Have To Double To Dig Illinois Out Of This Hole – Crains Chicago Business

LaSalle Closed at Randolph For Two Weeks Due to Water Work – DNA Chicago

Ex-LAZ Parking Exec To Plead Guilty To Alleged Chicago Parking Meter Scam – Chicago Sun-Times

Letter From The Too-Tight-Tinfoil-Hat-Crowd: Red Light Cameras Are Safer Than Being Pulled Over By A Trigger Happy Cop – Chicago Daily Herald

Family Fights Lincoln Towing For Illegally Removing Car

What would you do if a towing company mistakenly towed your car and then wouldn’t admit their mistake return it?
Would you pay the tow fees to get your car back or fight the towing company?

Well, one family is fighting to have their car returned by Lincoln Towing after they say it was improperly and illegally towed from behind the building where they live.

DNA Info Chicago broke the story Monday. Aileen Manipol went to take the garbage out on Friday and realized, their car was missing.

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Your transportation related headlines for Monday February 1st, 2016

Rep. Dunkin Renews Call For End To Red-Light Cameras - Chicago Sun-TimesThe Expired MeterCitizens To Abolish Red Light Cameras

Australian Federal Police To Investigate Redflex Over Role In $2 Million Chicago Bribery Scheme - Chicago Tribune

Emanuel Job Approval Hits Record Low, As Chicagoans Reject McDonald Dashcam Video Explanation - Chicago Tribune; Attorney Says Chicago Officer Did Not ?Tamper with Dashcam - WBEZ 91.5 FM; Even Rahm Allies Are Talking Cover Up On Dashcam Video Case - DNA Chicago; January Crime Rate Spikes, With Cops Making Fewer Stops And Arrests, Following The Dashcam Scandal And The ACLU Street Stop Agreement With CPD - DNA Chicago

Corporations Moving Their Headquarters To Chicago Arrive With Only A Handful Of Employees And A Modest Economic Impact - Crains Chicago Business

Creeping Communism Alert: Alderman Procto Joe Moreno Wants To Double Down On Failed City Plastic Bag Ban - Chicago Tribune

Rahm Announces Deal for New OHare Runway, Ignoring Pleas to Halt Expansion - DNA Chicago

Group, Lawmaker Demand Vote On Bill To Ban Red Light Cameras

Ken DunkinCitizens to Abolish Red Light Cameras and Illinois State Representative Ken Dunkin demanded a floor vote on his bill for a statewide ban on red light and speed cameras at a press conference on the South Side on Sunday.

Their demand comes in the wake of a recent guilty verdict given to John Bills, the former manager of the city’s red light cameras for accepting nearly $2 million in cash and gifts for helping Redflex Traffic Systems obtain and hold onto the lucrative contract to operate Chicago’s red light camera system. The company raked in over $150 million over the 11 years they held the contract for the nation’s largest RLC program.

Dunkin introduced the bill (HB 141) in Springfield nearly 13 months ago, where it’s sat in the rules committee since.

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Your transportation related headlines for Friday, January 29th, 2016

2015 Saw Dozens Of Highway Shootings In Chicagoland, And Now It Is Deja Vu All Over Again: Chicago Highway Shootings Spike in January Amid Rising City Violence - DNA Chicago

Lawyer For Cop In Dash Cam Video Shooting May Seek Change Of Venue - CBS 2 Chicago

Letter: Quit Bellyaching Over License Sticker Renewals - Chicago Tribune; Letter: Just Look At Your License Plate Sticker - Chicago Daily Herald

Madigan Budget Solution Is To Make Illinois The Most Heavily Taxed State In The Midwest - Illinois Policy Institute; Pennsylvania Close To Passing Illinois As 5th-Largest State In U.S. For Jobs And Population - Illinois Policy Institute

Lane Closures Planned On I-190 Near OHare On Saturday Morning - Chicago Sun-Times

Halsted Bridge Over Eisenhower To Close Friday - Chicago Sun-Times