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Your transportation related headlines for Friday, October 2nd, 2015

Cab Medallions In Chicago, Once Worth $360K, Now Selling For $240K - DNA Chicago; Taxi Vs. Ride-Share At City Budget Hearings - Chicago Tribune; Uber-Cabbie Battlefield Moves To City Hall - Crains Chicago Business; Opinion: Open The Airports To Uber - Chicago Tribune

Overnight Ramp Closures Scheduled On Kennedy This Weekend - Chicago Sun Times

Rt. 59 Construction Schedule Slips - Daily Herald

Jeff Park Neighborhood Association Elects Critic Of Density And Ald. Arena - DNA Chicago

Bike Lanes Belong On Randolph St., Not Lake St., West Loop Group Says - DNA Chicago

Streetsblog Celebrates More Traffic Clusterf*cks - Chicago Streetsblog

South Loop Poised For Building Boom; Neighbors Leery - Chicago Tribune

A Walking Tour Of Chicago Architecture, Part Two: A Skyscraper Canyon Near Jackson - Curbed Chicago; A Walking Tour Of Chicago Architecture, Part Three: The Loop In Transition - Curbed Chicago

Letter: Emanuel Tax Plan Rips Off Chicagoans - Chicago Tribune; Rahm Not Done Picking Pockets Of Taxpayers - Illinois Policy Institute; Chicago Businesses Brace For Potential Doubling Of Property Taxes - Yahoo

Letter: Do Not Let Museums Destroy Our Lakefront - Chicago Tribune

Opinion: State Subsidies Are Wasted On ConAgra - Crains Chicago Business

Surf Up On Lakefront Today, This Weekend - ABC 7 Chicago

Co-Workers Honor Memory Of Beloved Mailman By Driving His Route - Kane County Chronicle

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Your transportation related headlines for Thursday, October 1st, 2015

Eisenhower Expansion Plan Would Lower Oak Park Traffic Noise, Officials Say - Chicago Tribune

Ramp Connecting Lake Shore Drive to Upper Wacker Drive Closed For 2 Weeks - DNA Chicago

ConAgra Moving Headquarters To Chicago - Chicago Tribune; Will A New Loop Congestion Tax Make ConAgra Employees Regret That Move; And Will Taxpayers Of Illinois Pay For The State Tax Credits That Sealed The Deal - Crains Chicago Business; Omaha Is Pissed That ConAgra is leaving - Omaha World

Lisa Madigan Seeks Details From Volkswagen - Pantagraph

Sewer Projects to Snarl Traffic Near Dunham Park - DNA Chicago

Second Meeting On Star Wars Museum Draws Brickbats Over Traffic/Parking Issues - DNA Chicago

Bikers Need To Follow Rules Of The Road -; And Downsize Their Sense Of Entitlement -

Active Transportation Alliance Cheers Traffic Clogging Bike Lanes - Active Transportation Alliance

Low Turnout At Meeting To Remove Bucktown Area Red Light Cam

A Xerox contractor installs a new red light camera at the corner of Clark Street and Irving Park Road.

A Xerox contractor installs a red light camera at the corner of Clark Street and Irving Park Road in 2014.

Just a handful of Bucktown area residents dropped by Holstein Park on Wednesday night to voice their thoughts on two area red light cameras slated to be permanently decommissioned.

Two red light cameras as Ashland and Diversey and another pair at the intersection of Western, Armitage and Milwaukee have been turned off since March, after a pre-election announcement by Mayor Rahm Emanuel to turn off 50 cameras at 25 intersections across the city.

The intersections, according to the Chicago Department of Transportation, have had crashes fall below a certain metric that made in unnecessary to keep the cameras there. Crashes at Ashland and Diversey have fallen to just 1.31 crashes per million vehicles with zero right angle crashes. At Western-Armitage-Milwaukee, crashes were at 1.99 per million vehicles with zero right angle crashes.

The one hour open house had poster boards extolling the benefits of red light cameras as well as crash data at every RLC intersection in the city.

But perhaps just four or five residents showed up to check out the open house, ask questions and voice their opinion Wednesday evening. Two of the attendees were from the anti-camera group Citizens to Abolish Red Light Cameras.

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Your transportation related headlines for Wednesday, September 30th, 2015

U.S. Government Has Drastically Understated The Number Of People Killed In High-Speed Police Car Chases - USA Today

Report Raises Concerns About Driving While On Drugs - Pittsburgh Post Gazette

Redflex Tries To Win Back Shareholders -

UAW May Reject Fiat Contract – Vote May Hinge On Belvidere, Illinois Plant - ABC News

Streetsblog Cheers Traffic Clogging Road Diets, Poorly Designed Bike Lanes For The 1% Who Bike To Work, And The Technicolor-Bukakke Traffic-Jam Nightmare At Lincoln-Southport-Wellington - Chicago Streetsblog

Organizers Of Star Wars Museum Meeting Stacked The Deck With Museum Officials, But Friends Of The Park, Residents Still Jeered The Project - DNA Chicago

Glenwood Avenue Wrong-Way Bike Lane Now On Hold - DNA Chicago

Work Begins On Wood Dale Interchange To New Route 390 OHare Access Road - Chicago Sun Times

Uptown Square District Landmark Status Being Considered Thursday - DNA Chicago

33rd Ward Meeting On The Rahm Taxes - DNA Chicago; Ald. Smith Proposes Rebate To Protect Longtime Homeowners From The Rahm Taxes - DNA Chicago; The Rahm Tax – What Would It Cost You - Chicago Tribune; Letter: Rahm And The Big Lie On Taxes - Chicago Tribune; Rahm Playing Class Warfare With Property Taxes - Crains Chicago Business

After Traffic Choking Bike Lanes Installed, Clybourn Traffic Will Get Worse As New Residential Projects Open - Chicago Real Estate Daily

Ramp From Lower To Upper Wacker Drive Closed For Two Weeks

CDOT logoA ramp connecting Lower Wacker Drive with Upper Wacker Drive was closed on Wednesday for about two weeks for a rehabilitation project according to the Chicago Department of Transportation.

The ramp, which allows vehicles traveling westbound on Lower Wacker to transfer to Upper Wacker, is located at the eastern portion of Wacker Drive near Columbus Drive.

CDOT recommends drivers take alternate routes to avoid inevitable delays. A detour will divert traffic from Lower Wacker via southbound Columbus Drive to westbound East South Water Street which feeds into East Wacker Place, and then north on Wabash Avenue to ultimately connect with Upper Wacker Drive.

The ramp is scheduled to reopen the second week in October.

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Your transportation related headlines for Tuesday, September 29th, 2015

Jesse White: Up To You To Remember To Renew Your Plates - Chicago Sun Times

Streetsblog Tries To Blame Driver For Accident That Killed Biker, Despite The Police Statement That The Biker Ran The Red Light

Federal Court Ruling Throws A Monkey Wrench In Rahm Tax Plan For Taxis And Ride Shares - Chicago Tribune

Rahm Already Changing His Garbage Tax - Chicago Tribune; Opinion: Do Not Balance City Finances On The Back Of Business - Crains Chicago Business; Emanuel Tax Hikes Will Have Impact On City Competitiveness - Crains Chicago Business; Rahm Taxes Will Not Be Enough To Fix City Budget Clusterf*ck - ABC 7 Chicago

Opinion: Star Wars Museum Will Bring Bills For Taxpayers, Traffic Nightmares To Lakefront - Crains Chicago Business

Cubs Plan To Show Oct. 7 Wild Card Game At Wrigley - Chicago Tribune; Watch For Traffic Issues And Parking Restrictions

No Parking On Sheridan Tuesday For Chicago P.D. Filming - DNA Chicago

Roberts Road To Be Closed In Lake Barrington For 20 Days - Chicago Tribune

Aurora Lists 10 Most Accident-Prone Intersections; Biggest Factors Are Heavy Volume, Construction, Distracted Driving - CBS 2 Chicago

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Your transportation related headlines for Monday, September 28th, 2015

IDOT To Host Public Meetings On Highway Improvements - Chicago Sun Times; Only 1 Meeting Set For Chicago - IDOT

Jesse White Says His Office Will Suspend Mailing Reminder Notices On Renewing Motor Vehicle Registrations Because There Is Still No State Budget - Crains Chicago Business

Busy Fulton and Halsted Intersection Gets New Traffic Lights - DNA Chicago

City Open House Wednesday in Bucktown to Discuss Ashland, Western Red-Light Cameras - DNA Chicago

Lawsuit Says Chicago Cop Disabled Dash Cam Before Abusing Motorist - Fox 32 Chicago

Lawsuit Filed After CTA Hit And Run Accident - Chicago Sun Times

Editorial: For Ride-Hailing, Remember To Tap The App - Chicago Sun Times

Letter: Time To End Ethanol Mandate - Crains Chicago Business

Dairy Queen Boot Dispute Shocks North Shore Suburb

global-bootPeople don’t like it when their car gets booted–especially when all they want is an ice cream cone.

A disagreement over a vehicle booted in a strip mall parking lot grew heated and then violent last week when a man parked in the lot, but then walked over to the adjacent Dairy Queen according to Pioneer Press.

Earlier this year, the property management company of a Wilmette strip mall hired Chicago Parking Management, a private booting firm, to enforce parking restrictions on their property. The problem was that drivers would use the strip mall parking lot to park and not to patronize the businesses in the strip mall, but to purchase something scrumpdillicious from the popular Dairy Queen.

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Your transportation related headlines for Friday, September 25th, 2015

Lincoln Towing Driver Knocks Man Off 16-Foot Ladder To Take Truck: Charges - DNA Chicago

Rahm Seeks Aldermanic Support For His Proposed Billions In New Taxes And Fees - DNA Chicago; Tries To Justify Screwing The Taxpayers - DNA Chicago; Aldermen Still Waiting For A Spine Donor - DNA Chicago; Opinion: Rahm Budget Built On Fear Of Making Waves - Chicago Tribune; Opinion: Chicago, City Of Big Taxes - Wall Street Journal; Letter: Rahm And Aldermen Pushing Class Warfare With Tax Exemptions - Chicago Tribune

Traffic on Downtown Expressways To Be A Mess Once Again This Weekend - DNA Chicago

Wells Street Bridge Closure Postponed - Chicago Sun Times

Lane Closure Planned On Stevenson Expressway Overnight - Chicago Sun Times

Tribune Sues Emanuel Over Use Of Private Email, Seeks Records Of Red Light Camera Issues - Chicago Tribune

Jesse White Says Budget Stalemate Could Mean Power Shut Off At Driver’s Facilities - Chicago Tribune; Illinois Budget Ills Threaten State Armored Car, Garbage Pickups - Reuters

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Your transportation related headlines for Thursday, September 24th, 2015

Red Light Camera At Western And Pratt To Go, But Speed Camera Will Remain - DNA Chicago

Byrne Interchange Closures This Weekend - Circle Interchange

Riverwalk Work To Close Wells Street Bridge To All Traffic This Weekend - DNA Chicago

Police To Crack Down on Drunken Drivers Along Lake Shore Drive This Weekend - DNA Chicago

Editorial: City Going Wrong Way With Congestion Tax - Daily Herald

Despite Having Its Wheels Stolen, SUV Gets Parking Ticket - DNA Chicago

Your Tax Dollars At Work On Vital Projects: DePaul Arena And Other McCormick Place Construction Pushes Forward - DNA Chicago; Rahm Wasted Tons Of Tax Money On Frivolous Park Grill Lawsuit - Chicago Sun Times; Editorial: Emanuel Budget: Raising Taxes On Somebody Else - Chicago Tribune; ?Opinion: Opinion: Rahm Budget Slams Poor, Middle Class - Chicago Sun Times; Opinion: Rahm E-Cigarette Tax Is Pure Baloney - Chicago Sun Times; Historic Tax Hike May Inspire Rare Council Fight - Chicago Tribune; Biz Relationship With Emanuel Takes A Sour Turn - Crains Chicago Business; Business Rips Emanuel Tax-Break Plan In Springfield Hearing - Crains Chicago Business

Lincoln Towing In Hot Water For Unauthorized Towing - DNA Chicago

Chicago Is Selling Parking Lots, And The Payoff Is Bigger Than The Sales Price - Metropolitan Planning Council