Monthly Archives: February 2013

Chicago Gas Prices Jump In January

At gas pumps all over Chicago, local drivers are getting some ominous news–gas prices have jumped dramatically over the past month.

After enjoying four months of declining fuel prices and some of the lowest prices in the last few years, local gas prices have risen over 10% according to two websites which track area gas prices.

According to AAA’s Fuel Gauge Report, the average cost for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline in the city has increased from $3.59 to $3.96 a gallon, a 37 cent bump. The price rose 25 cents just in the last week.

ChicagoGasPrices.com, which tracks pricing for the Chicago metro area,  has seen the cost of fuel rise 42 cents a gallon or a 12% increase the past 30 days. Local gas has gone from $3.44 to $3.86 a gallon in the past month and has risen 20 cents in the past week.

Two Suburbs Ending Red Light Camera Programs In March

It seems red light camera enforcement has worn out its welcome in two suburbs west of Chicago.

Far west suburban town Geneva, located in Kane County, is not renewing it’s three year contract with Redflex Traffic Systems, which is due to expired in March according to Geneva Patch a year ago.

Even though the Geneva Police Department still stands behind the program, it seems ticketing has declined to such a level, that the town was paying more to Redflex than revenue it was generating for itself according to data that came to light in an opinion piece published in the Geneva Patch.

March is also the month Westmont’s four year contract with RedSpeed Illinois expires according to MySuburbanLife.com.

Be Safe On Super Bowl Sunday

If you’re hosting or planning to attend a Superbowl party on Sunday, the Illinois Department of Transportation and Illinois State Police are suggesting you enjoy the big game responsibly to ensure you get home safe.

“We hope everyone enjoys the festivities of Super Bowl Weekend, but we want to remind everyone – before you decide to drink- to choose a sober designated driver,” said Illinois Transportation Secretary Anne Schneider. “We want
you to hand off your keys to ensure you, your passengers and everyone on our roadways can return home safely. Drunk driving is always preventable, and driving drunk or buzzed could result in seriously injuring or killing yourself or someone else.”

Last year, four people in Illinois died in car crashes on Superbowl Sunday–three of them involving alcohol.

Illinois State Police and local law enforcement plan on stepping up their enforcement and will be extra vigilant for impaired drivers on Sunday.

Semi-Trailer Gets Stuck Under Bucktown Viaduct

One truck driver had a difficult Friday afternoon after getting his semi-trailer wedged under a viaduct in Bucktown

A semi-trailer lodged beneath a Metra viaduct slowed traffic in Bucktown Friday afternoon.

It took crews more than an hour to dislodge the truck from the viaduct on Webster Street, just east of Damen and the Kennedy Expressway in Bucktown.

The truck, heading eastbound on Webster, passed under the I-90/94 viaduct without incident but became lodged beneath the viaduct supporting the Union Pacific Northwest Metra line. Both signs, however, show a clearance of 12-foot-four.

The crash occurred at approximately 3:15 PM and had traffic blocked on Webster in both directions for just over an hour.

Alderman Scott Waguespack (32nd) along with ward staff and volunteers were on the scene helping detour traffic from the accident scene as no Chicago Police personnel responded to the incident.

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