Monthly Archives: April 2015

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

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Your transportation related headlines for Thursday, April 30th, 2015

More Grant Park street closures for NFL draft (Chicago Sun Times)

Do we really need the NFL draft in Chicago? (Daily Herald)

Victory Auto Wreckers retires its classic TV ad (Crain’s Chicago Business)

Illinois Senate rejects bill to ban smoking with kids in the car (Illinois News Network)

Waukegan Writes Off $250,000 In Parking Tickets As ‘Bad Debt’

wbbm1214ticketGot an old parking ticket from north suburban Waukegan?

If it’s old enough, you may not have to pay it according to the Chicago Tribune.

The Waukegan City Council voted last week to essentially write off nearly $250,000 in unpaid parking tickets as bad debt. The council agreed that any tickets issued prior to 2012 were too difficult to collect.

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Your transportation related headlines for Wednesday April 29th, 2015

Traffic downtown adapting to NFL draft street closures – so far (DNA Chicago)

Streetsblog comes out against bike helmets – putting all responsibility for bike safety on everyone else (Streetsblog Network)

Alderman Burke gets $20,000 from Archer Daniels Midland; is it tied to another lobbying push for Chicago E-15 mandate? (Chicago Sun Times)

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Your transportation related headlines for Tuesday, April 28th, 2015

Bicyclist’s letter to the editor on dangers of Chicago biking (Chicago Tribune)

Driver rescued from vehicle that plunged into Elmhurst lagoon (Chicago Sun Times)

What’s wrong with Chicago bike lanes (beezodogsplace.com)

Car hit by freight train on South Side (Chicago Sun Times)

Charges in 2013 DUI death of 3 year old (Chicago Sun Times)

Pedestrian sues city after cop ran into him (Chicago Sun Times)

Semi driver’s sneeze causes Indiana truck rollover (Chicago Sun Times)

Bucktown auto shop loses classic Cutlass (DNA Chicago)

NBC 5 Helps Couple Fight 20 Year Old Parking Tickets

In Illinois, there’s four “criminal” acts which have no statute of limitation–murder, rape, arson and…parking tickets.

This fact surprised a suburban couple who recently tangled with the City of Chicago over a pair of parking tickets from 1991 and 1993. The couple, after receiving a recent parking ticket, were informed by the city their car was in danger of being booted for three outstanding tickets according to NBC 5.

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Your transportation related headlines for Monday, April 27th, 2015

Grant Park street closures for NFL draft begin (Chicago Sun Times)

Sun Times offers 2 editorial views on Illinois red light camera ban (PRO) (CON)

Tribune: Please stop on red, Mr. Mayor (Chicago Tribune)

Tribune opposes bill to ban red light cams in non-home rule towns (Chicago Tribune)

Biker support for red light cameras misguided (beezogsplace.com)

Anti-Red Light Camera Group Scores Big In City Elections

Citizens to Abolish Red Light Cameras member Scott Davis hands out fliers at a protest last summer.

Citizens to Abolish Red Light Cameras member Scott Davis hands out fliers at a protest last summer.

A local group dedicated to eradicating red light and speed cameras from Chicago streets, was able to put a few notches in their political belt during the most recent municipal elections.

Citizens to Abolish Red Light Cameras
sent their pledge to abolish red light and speed cameras to all city aldermanic and mayoral candidates prior to the election. Eight of those candidates who signed the group’s pledge, won city council seats for the next four years.

Nearly 50 candidates representing races in 30 wards, and four mayoral candidates signed the group’s pledge.

“We want to congratulate newly elected on their impressive victories and express our gratitude to these champions of reform on their election to the City Council” said Mark Wallace, Director of Citizens to Abolish Red Light Cameras.

The list includes three new aldermen–Susan Sadlowski-Garza, Derrick Curtis and David Moore as well as Toni Foulkes, an incumbent who was redistricted out of her current ward but won in the newly drawn 16th ward.

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Your transportation related headlines for Friday, April 24th, 2015

Metropolitan Planning Council issues rose-colored assessment of Chicago’s parking meter lease (Metropolitan Planning Council)

Stevenson lane closures begin this weekend at Arsenal Road interchange (DNA Chicago)

Sunday lane closure on Ike for bridge checks (Chicago Sun Times)

Video Pranksters Torment Chicago Drivers With Fake Tickets

The YouTube trouble making crew of Reality Pranks decided to play jokes on Chicago drivers a few months ago. Dressed up as a city Parking Enforcement Aide, an actor stalked private parking lots and started giving legally parked motorists “parking tickets” for fictional offenses.

Unsurprisingly, slipping a bright orange ticket onto someone’s windshield always elicits reaction–usually an explosive one.

Of course, cameras rolled as the hilarity ensues.

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Your transportation related headlines for Thursday, April 23rd, 2015

Citizens to Abolish Red Light Cameras endorsed 7 aldermanic candidates, and has now won 4 of those 7 races (7th, 10th, 16th, and 18th Wards) (Chicago Board of Elections)

Rahm turns to Springfield for help in museum land grab schemes (CDOT road/transit boondoggles sure to follow) (Chicago Tribune)

Tollway says contractors now can sidestep unions (Daily Herald)