Monthly Archives: August 2014
With family and friends at her side, former Chicago Mayor Jane Byrne was honored by Illinois Governor Pat Quinn renaming the Circle Interchange after the city’s only female mayor on Friday.
DNA Info reports the ceremony was held at the University of Illinois at Chicago Student Center East. UIC used to be called the “Circle Campus” due to its proximity to the interchange.
The now Jane Byrne Interchange, one of the most congested sections of roadways in the nation, is where the Dan Ryan (I-94), Kennedy (I-90) and Eisenhower (I-290) expressways meet at Congress Parkway.
Here’s the full story, “‘Spaghetti Bowl’ Circle Interchange Renamed for Jane Byrne.”
Back at the end up May, the Illinois General Assembly finished passing Senate Bill 2015.
The vote on a bill to increase the speed limit on Illinois Tollways to 70 mph wasn’t even close–in fact the votes were veto proof.
In the Illinois Senate the vote was 48-6. In the House of Representatives it was even more of a blowout with 111 members for and four votes against.
But despite the overwhelming support, Governor Pat Quinn vetoed the bill this past Tuesday.
“Recent evidence shows that drivers already travel at excessive speeds on Illinois toll highways,” said Quinn in a letter explaining his veto. “The THA (Toll Highway Authority) conducted a study of drivers on I-94 in Lake County in 2013 and found that 71% of drivers sampled exceeded the posted speed limit by more than 15 miles per hour. A second, more thorough study conducted by the THA measured speeds on seven different toll highway segments and found that between 91 and 98% of drivers exceeded posted speed limits by rates ranging from 11 to 15 mph during off peak hours.”
What’s scarier than a bunch of flesh eating zombies trying to make a meal of you?
The Illinois Department of Transportation says it’s not wearing your seat belt.
But even the most crazy sign or signs you may have seen have nothing on one signpost in Culver City, CA.
• No parking 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday street cleaning.
If you’re not out on the town, hanging out in a VIP lounge at some hot nightclub sipping champagne, tune in WGN Radio That parking ticket savant The Parking Ticket Geek makes an appearance on WGN Radio 720 AM tonight.
The Geek joins the always hilarious Nick Digilio at 9:30 PM.
Tune in to AM 720 or stream it live here.
Martin O’Malley was recently indicted for his involvement in the Redflex Traffic Systems bribery scandal in Chicago.
But he’s already cooperating with federal authorities, according to the Chicago Tribune.
O’Malley allegedly funneled hundreds of thousands of dollars from Redflex to John Bills, the former Chicago Department of Transportation deputy commissioner who oversaw the city’s red light camera program.
Bills allegedly worked to insure Redflex won the city’s RLC contract in 2003 but then sought quid pro quo. Federal prosecutors say O’Malley was the conduit between Redflex and Bills–a friend of O’Malley’s.
The protected bike lanes proposed for Milwaukee Avenue on the city’s Northwest Side are dead, according to a spokesperson for Alderman John Arena (45th).
DNA Info reports the announcement that the controversial idea to remove a lane of traffic in each direction and install protected bike lanes had lost support of Arena.
The alderman had originally supported this proposal by the Chicago Department of Transportation over two other concepts.
“It just wasn’t going to be practical,” Arena’s spokesperson Owen Brugh told DNA Info.
Fagel, a forensic video expert who helps drivers fight their red light camera and speed camera tickets came up against four lawyers from the city’s Law Department last week and was able to defeat two RLC tickets, but lost three speed camera tickets.
During the hearings Administrative Law Judge Robert Sussman told the city attorneys in the small hearing room that he’s dismissing many of the red light camera tickets he’s seeing.
“We’re having a big problem with these yellow lights,” Sussman said. “Sixty to 70 percent are coming up under three seconds.”
Today, Fagel was victorious again by demonstrating that the city’s own red light camera violation notices exhibit a yellow light time of 2.9 seconds–a tenth of a second under the federal, state, and city minimum for amber times.
According to Fagel the Administrative Law Judge immediately saw the problem and said “the city has failed to make it’s prima facie case,” and dismissed all three in a matter of minutes.
That’s one of the key findings of a Chicago Tribune poll which found that two out of three people or 66% of those polled think red light cameras are a bad idea and 92% believe something must be done to change or eliminate the program.
The Trib poll was conducted after the newspaper published a story that revealed several dozen RLC intersections showed mysterious and dramatic spikes in ticketing jumping from a handful of tickets a day to literally hundreds. In all cases the enforcement spikes disappeared after days or weeks just as mysteriously as they began. Perhaps the most eyebrow raising part is the Department of Transportation was not aware of the issue nor had an explanation.
While nearly everyone (92%) believes the program needs to be changed, only 45% of those polled thinks the program should be eliminated while another 47% thinks the program needs better management and oversight.