Monthly Archives: July 2015

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

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Your transportation related headlines for Friday, July 31st, 2015

The Essential Guide To Lollapalooza 2015 (Chicago Reader)

Bad Day On The Ike: Fatal Rollover Accident Closes Westbound Lanes At Laramie (WGN 9 Chicago); Man Shot While Riding Eastbound In Van (Chicago Tribune)

Alderman Waguespack Gets Overwhelmingly Negative Response From Constituents On The Southport Strangler Intersection At Lincoln/Wellington (Chicago Streetsblog)

Opponents Of Illiana Tollway Want Hearing On Tax Breaks (Daily Herald)

What Is Next For The Illinois Auto Industry (Crains Chicago Business)

Opinion: Earlier Loud Music Ban Proposal Music To Some Ears (Chicago Tribune)

Letter To The Editor: Respect For Police Would Avert Tragedy (Daily Herald)

Creeping Communism Alert: Chicago Alderman Resurrects Sugary Drink Tax Proposal (ABC 7 Chicago)

Move Over Chicago, Houston Will Be Second City As Residents Leave Chicago For Other Cities (DNA Chicago)

Episode 2 Of IDOT’s Driving Dead Video Series

What’s more frightening and/or dangerous? Flesh eating zombies or driving without a seatbelt or with a driver who’s had a beer?

The Illinois Department of Transportation has produced a video mini-series called The Driving Dead–a take off of AMC’s The Walking Dead with actor Michael Rooker–a star of the popular TV series.

Well produced and with excellent production values, it’s IDOT’s way of trying to warn motorists and their passengers that it’s dangerous not to buckle up and to drink and drive.

This is the second of the three part series.

If you missed it, here’s episode one of The Driving Dead.

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

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

Judge refuses to throw out lawsuit challenging red light cameras (Chicago Tribune); Protest At Daley Center By Citizens To Abolish Red Light Cameras (Citizens To Abolish Red Light Cameras)

Emanuel Defends Privatization Guidelines (Chicago Tribune)

Creeping Communism Alert: Progressive Alderman Offer A Full Scale Anti-Business Tax Plan (DNA Chicago)

Best Chicago Car Pictures (Chicago Tribune)

Illinois Sets Record For Front Seat Belt Usage (Daily Herald)

New Front In War On Parking Space – Curbside Cafes Could Have Chicago Diners Eating In The Street (Chicago Tribune)

Even Though Contra Flow Bike Lanes Normalize Bad Behavior, And Create Biker-Motorist Conflicts, A Bike Injury Lawyer Is All In Favor Of Them (Redeye); A Contrary View Of View Of Contra Flow Lanes

A Culture War With Cyclists (Beezodogsplace.Com)

Judge Rules Red Light Cam Lawsuit Can Proceed…For Now

Plaintiff's lead attorney Patrick Keating talks to reporters outside of court at the Daley Center Thursday.

Plaintiff’s lead attorney Patrick Keating talks to reporters outside of court at the Daley Center Thursday.

A Cook County judge on Thursday refused to throw out a class action lawsuit challenging the legality of the Chicago’s lucrative red-light camera program.

The lawsuit, Kata v. City of Chicago, was filed in 2012, but Thursday’s hearing addressed the city’s motion to have the case dismissed.

But after 2 1/2 hours of sparring between attorneys for the city and those that brought the suit, Judge Rita M. Novak sided with the plaintiffs on several points but continued the city’s motion until Oct. 6 to hear arguments on several other issues.

“We feel good, we feel optimistic,” Patrick Keating, one of the lead attorneys for those seeking to get rid of the cameras, said outside the courtroom. “I think the court gave very careful consideration of the arguments. We’re pleased the case continues and look forward to discussing the merits of the other issues.”

Chicago’s red-light camera program, which began in 2003, is the nation’s largest with 302 cameras at 147 intersections. It has generated over $500 million in revenue for the city — money opponents believe should be refunded to the drivers who paid the fines.

Read more at DNA Info Chicago.

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

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Your transportation related headlines for Wednesday, July 29th, 2015

Emanuel To Introduce Privatization Rules To Avoid Repeat Of Parking Meter Debacle (Chicago Sun Times)

Trash Pickup, Drag Racing On Tap As City Council Wraps Up This Summer (Chicago Tribune)

Chicago City Council Coming To Grips With Big Tax Hike (Crains Chicago Business)

Alderman Wants Crackdown On Noise, Including Cars Blasting Their Music (Chicago Sun Times)

Rauner May Sign Bill Authorizing Tickets/Tows For Parking In Electric Car Charging Spots (ABC 7 Chicago)

N. Shore Police Crack Down On Rule-Breaking Cyclists (Chicago Tribune); Cyclists Need The Wakeup Call (Beezodogsplace.Com)

Going To Lollapalooza Here Is What You Need To Know (Chicago Tribune); City Details Lollapalooza Emergency Plans Ahead Of Festival (Chicago Tribune); CTA Adding Service (Chicago Sun Times)

Group Plans Red Light Camera Protest Thursday At Daley Plaza

Red light  camera protest signCitizens to Abolish Red Light Cameras will be taking their anti-camera message downtown Thursday morning, July 30th, with a protest planned for Daley Plaza at 10 AM.

The group chose this site and date, because of a court hearing regarding a class action lawsuit filed against Chicago’s red light camera program is scheduled for 10:30 Thursday morning at Daley Center, in Cook County Circuit Court.

The case, Kata et. al v. City of Chicago, asserts the city’s red light program, begun in 2003 was never legally authorized under state law for many reasons. This includes the fact that the state had no laws on the books allowing this type of enforcement, and when the Illinois General Assembly did change the vehicle code in 2006 to allow red light camera enforcement, the city never revised its municipal code to readopt the new law.

The lawsuit also contends the state law is unconstitutional because it allows red light camera enforcement in just a handful of counties in and around Chicago and St. Louis–and not the entire state.

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

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

Traffic on Near West Side To Worsen With Byrne Interchange Construction (DNA Chicago)

Rauner Proposes Sales Tax Break For Illiana Expressway (Crains Chicago Business)

Modest Proposals For Bicyclists (Chicago Now)

Lake Shore Drive Bassist Mitch Aliotta Dead At 71 (Chicago Sun Times)

Would You Let This Company Rent Out Your Car At OHare (Crains Chicago Business)

Stop Calling The Milwaukee-Damen-North Intersection Six Corners And Start Calling It The Crotch (Time Out Chicago)

Legislator Pushes Tickets For Electric Car Reserved Parking Spaces

Can a traditional combustion engine vehicle be ticketed for using a parking spot that’s supposed to be used for a public electric vehicle charging station?

That’s the question ABC 7 News wanted to answer.

Right now, the answer is no.

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

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

Reilly Details Plan To Prevent Lower Wacker Drag Racing (Chicago Sun Times)

Rahm Introduces Anti-Car Ordinance To Curtail Parking In New Residential Buildings – So Who Will He Tax Now, Without The Easy Target Of Cars And Drivers (Chicago Tribune)

Emanuel Infrastructure Trust Gets Top-To-Bottom Overhaul (Chicago Sun Times)

Streetsblog Still Unclear On The Concept Of Why Divvy Having A $671,000 Operating Loss, Dependence On Millions In Government/Corporate Subsidies, Is Not A Case Of Sound Financial Footing (Chicago Streetsblog)

Facing Growing Local Opposition Over Traffic, Cost Overruns, And Other Issues, USOC Terminates Boston Olympic Bid (Yahoo)

Editorial: The Jailhouse Death Of Sandra Bland (Daily Herald)

Who Bankrolled The Return Of Illinois Happy Hour (DNA Chicago)

Plenty Of Bad Apples Among Motorists And Cyclists (Beezodogsplace.Com)

Anti-Red Light Camera Activists Protest In Tinley Park

noredlightcams-thumb-195x195-19024The red light camera protest movement has moved into the suburbs.

A small group of protesters using a bullhorn and waving handmade signs at the corner of 159th and Harlem in Tinley Park, tried to bring their anti-camera message to south suburban drivers according to the Daily Southtown.

The anti-camera movement in Chicago, led by Citizens to Abolish Red Light Cameras, has set the bar high in their efforts to rid the city of red light and speed cameras with well attended protests at locations all over the city during the past several years.

This group was a total of four protesters was led by Chicago community activist Raul Montes, who has also led protests against the parking meter lease deal in the past.

Here’s the Daily Southtown’s full story, “Camera Challenge Light On Turnout.”