Monthly Archives: September 2015

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

HeadlinesCompiled by Otto Mobile.

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.

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

Daily-News-headline-newspapersCompiled by Otto Mobile.

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

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

Extra ExtraCompiled by Otto Mobile.

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.

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

newsflashCompiled by Otto Mobile.

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

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

HeadlinesCompiled by Otto Mobile.

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

Car With Wheels Stolen, Still Ticketed For Street Cleaning

A car in Lincoln Park is still ticketed for a street cleaning violation even after getting all four wheels stolen. Photo: DNA

A car in Lincoln Park is still ticketed for a street cleaning violation even after getting all four wheels stolen. Photo: DNA

Talk about insult to injury…on steroids.

DNA Info reports a car in Lincoln Park had all four tires stolen overnight–right in front of where the owner lived in the 1100 block of West Montana St.

But it was street cleaning day on the side of the street where the car was parked. Fearing a $60 street cleaning ticket, the owners asked the officer who filed the police report on the incident what they should do?

The helpful officer said to leave a note on the dashboard explaining the situation and citing the police report. Of course, a prudent and compassionate ticket writer would take mercy on the vehicle owner with the car up on blocks and forget about writing a ticket–correct?

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

Geek1Compiled by The Parking Ticket Geek

Your transportation related headlines for Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015

EDITOR’S NOTE: Otto Mobile is play hooky again today, so local dimwit, the Parking Ticket Geek is going to struggle to fill Mr. Mobile’s big shoes. Please accept our apologies in advance. Mr. Mobile returns tomorrow.

Cab Drivers Stop Traffic At Chicago Airports To Protest Mayor Uber-Friendly Proposal – In These Times

Illiana Tollway Faces Final Nail In Coffin – Streetsblog Chicago

Are Cyclists Seeing An Enforcement Crackdown? – Chicago Magazine

Art Exhibit Features People Behind Local Street Names

A painting of Archibald Clybourn, whom that diagonal thoroughfare is named, by artist Brian Morgan hangs in the Jackson Junge Gallery in Wicker Park.

A painting of Archibald Clybourn, whom that diagonal thoroughfare is named, by artist Brian Morgan hangs in the Jackson Junge Gallery in Wicker Park.

Ever wonder who’s the person named for the street you’re driving on?

That’s the concept local painter Brian Morgan challenged head on in his latest art show Power, Politics and Pavement- The Men Behind the Street at Jackson Junge Gallery in Wicker Park.

“Gallery Director Chris Jackson approached me with an idea to highlight Chicago’s history in portraits,” says Morgan in a press release on the gallery’s website. “I accepted the challenge by choosing to uncover and reveal some of the more well-traveled and popular streets whose namesakes may or may not be remembered. While working on this project, my wife, Marianne Mather Morgan, was also working on her own bit of Chicago history. As a photo editor at the Chicago Tribune, she uncovers and researches historical Chicago photographs. A collaboration was born.”