Monthly Archives: February 2016

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


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Your transportation related headlines for Monday, February 29th, 2016

Snow May Hit AM Commute Tuesday - DNA Chicago

Jesse White Supports Bill To Suspend Fines For Late License Plate Renewal - Illinois News Network; Letter: Schaumburg License Plate Renewal Ticketing At Woodfield Is A Disgrace - Chicago Daily Herald

Durbin, Cullerton Rally Behind Automatic Voter Registration At License Offices - Illinois News Network

Big Brother Watching: Billboard Company Clear Channel Taps Cellphone Data In Chicago Area, To Learn About Who Sees Its Ads - Chicago Tribune‎

Last Leap Day Gas Was $4 A Gallon - Chicago Tribune

Today is the Western-Belmont Overpass Last Day Open, It Closes at Midnight - DNA Chicago; Brace For Street Closures - Chicago TribuneWestern Belmont Clybourn Project

Parking In Politics

Parking can be political–especially in an election year.

No better example is of Jason Gonzales, running for a seat in the Illinois House of Representatives in the 22nd district and is the first formidable Democratic primary challenger in years to Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan.

Gonzalez has been making some noise in the 22nd district while waging a door-to-door battle against the 73-year old Madigan. The noise must have been loud enough to cause some consternation for Madigan as, inexplicably a rash of temporary no parking signs went up on the block in front of Gonzales’ campaign office on South Pulaski.

Of course, it’s all coincidence.

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

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Your transportation related headlines for Thursday, February 25th, 2016

Andy Shaw, Exec. Director Of The Better Government Association, Says That After Devastating Court Ruling, Chicago Camera Ticket Program Is A Fiasco - CBS 2 Chicago (Podcast: WBBM Watchdog Wednesday: Red Light & Speed Camera Tickets 2/24/2016); Chicago Evaluating Legal Options In Wake Of Ruling On Red Light Camera Case Motion - Illinois News Network

Red-Light Camera Fines Spike To $834,000 In Waukegan - Chicago Tribune‎

Illinois Collects $2.7 Million In Fines Since Ending Vehicle Registration Reminders - Chicago Tribune‎; Illinois Lawmakers Are Considering Suspending Late Fees For License Plate Renewals - Chicago Daily Herald

Bike Advocates Spouting Anti-Motorist Rhetoric Are Nothing But Hypocrites - Beezodogsplace

State Reps Call For Halt To Chicago’s Red Light Camera Program

noredlightcams-thumb-195x195-19024Citizens to Abolish Red Light Cameras, two Illinois State Representatives and a candidate vying to replace Speaker of the House, Michael Madigan (IL-22) called for an immediate court injunction to halt Chicago’s red light and speed camera program Friday night.

The grass roots group is an activist organization opposed to the city’s automated traffic camera enforcement programs.

Illinois State Representative Ken Dunkin (IL-5) and La Shawn Ford (IL-8), along with Jason Gonzalez, a candidate opposing Speaker Madigan in the primary, asked for the injunction after the recent ruling of Circuit Court Judge Kathleen Kennedy, who in a recent ruling found drivers were denied due process by how the City of Chicago’s managed official notices it issues to drivers ticketed for red light or speed camera violations.

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

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Your transportation related headlines for Thursday, February 25th, 2016

Want a Refund for Your Red-Light Camera Ticket – Not So Fast, City Says - DNA Chicago/The Expired Meter; Emanuel Accused Of Changing Red-Light And Speed Cam Rules In Middle Of Game - Chicago Sun-Times

Redflex Australia Throws US Division Under The Bus In $383 Million Chicago Bribery Lawsuit - The Newspaper

Big Spending In Illinois 5th House District Race Between Anti-Red-Light-Cam Candidate Ken Dunkin and Madigan Flunky/Union Backed Challenger - WBEZ 91.5 FM

Commentary: The Case For Making Bicyclists Stop At Red Lights - Chicago Tribune

Are Madigan Goons Using Parking Restrictions To Harass His Primary Challenger Jason Gonzalez - CBS 2 Chicago; Who Is Paying Private Eye To Dig Dirt On Madigan Opponent - Chicago Daily Herald; Madigan Orders Review Of Rauner Job Agency - Crains Chicago Business - Something Madigan Failed To Do In Connection The The Disastrous Quinnocchio Neighborhood Recovery Initiative

Illinois Will Temporarily Allow Registration Renewals Without Vehicle Emissions Tests - Illinois Policy Institute

Lincoln Towing Is Now Under State Investigation, Could Be Shut Down - DNA Chicago

Want a Refund for Your Red-Light Camera Ticket? Not So Fast, City Says

Double vision photo enforced signsDrivers excited at the prospect of having past red-light and speed camera tickets voided — and getting fines refunded — should put the brakes on their enthusiasm, city officials said this week.

Despite a ruling last week in which a judge said the city’s automated ticketing programs violate “fundamental principles of justice,” officials said there are no plans to return the hundreds of millions in fines and late fees collected from hundreds of thousands of drivers.

That’s because the ruling by Cook County Circuit Judge Kathleen Kennedy did not officially void any tickets nor stop the city from issuing new ones, said Bill McCaffrey, spokesman for the city’s Law Department.

And there will be no change to how the city adjudicates camera violations going forward, he said.

“The judge in this case did not rule on any claims of this case and did not void any tickets,” McCaffrey said in a written statement. “The city has procedures in place that guarantee that individuals who believe their tickets were improperly issued can contest them through the administrative process, where they receive a hearing and impartial review of the evidence.”

And as far as refunds, it could take several years to determine if the lawsuit has merit, and if so, for a judgment to be awarded. In fact, the suit filed on behalf of three ticketed drivers is not yet a class-action lawsuit.

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, February 24th, 2016

Chicago Caught Not Playing By Its Own Rules On Camera Tickets - Illinois Policy Institute

Western-Belmont Will Completely Shut Down March 4 for Viaduct Demolition - DNA Chicago

Albany Park Stormwater Tunnel Work To Start: Details at Upcoming Meeting - DNA Chicago

Anti-Car Junta, The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning, Prepping Master Plan For Motorist Misery - Curbed Chicago

Schaumburg Ticketing Woodfield Shoppers With Expired License Plates - Chicago Daily Herald

Some Parts Of Chicago Could See A Foot of Snow During Wednesday Blizzard - DNA Chicago

Milder And Relatively Snow-Free Winter Saving Chicago Millions On Snow Removal - Chicago Sun-Times

Western Avenue Overpass Demolition Starts March 4th

EDITOR’S NOTE: The news story above aired in January. Since then, the construction schedule discussed at the end of the report has changed–see below.

The wrecking ball is finally coming for the Western Avenue Overpass.

After 55 years of life transporting 35,000 drivers a day above Belmont Avenue, the viaduct will be officially be closed on March 1st in advance of a weekend of intense demolition according to the Chicago Department of Transportation.

Western Avenue and the Belmont/Western/Clybourn intersection, will be closed to all traffic between Nelson and Roscoe Streets starting Friday, March 4th at 8 PM.

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

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Your transportation related headlines for Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016

Wednesday Snow Will Hit AM Commute - DNA Chicago

Court Ruling Voiding Chicago Camera Tickets, If Upheld, Would Deal Another Major Blow To The Controversial Program - Time Out Chicago; Will Chicago Have To Dig Deep To Pay A Judgment Or Settlement - Second City Cop

Letter: Suburban Red Light Camera Laws Worth It If They Save A Life - Chicago Daily Herald

Nearly Half Of Eisenhower Could Get Noise Walls In Oak Park - Chicago Tribune

Cab Drivers Union Calls For Tougher Safety Standards For Drivers, After Driver Found Shot Dead In His Cab In Lincoln Square - CBS 2 Chicago; Victim Had Warned Other Drivers Of Robberies - DNA Chicago

Midwest Gas Prices Move Up - Gas Buddy

CBS 2 News Coverage On Red Light, Speed Camera Court Ruling

CBS 2′s Mike Parker delves into the recent court ruling allowing a class action lawsuit against the city’s red light and speed camera programs to move forward.

The lawsuit alleges the city ignored Chicago municipal law by refusing to mail a second notice for each speed or RLC violation which also gave vehicle owners an additional 14 days to contest or pay the ticket. The suit also alleges the city doubled the fines of unpaid cam tickets at 21 days when city code calls for this to occur at 25 days.

The judge in the case, in dismissing the city’s motion to dismiss the case, said in the decision there seems to be a violation of the due process rights of motorists.

A judgment in this case could force the city to payback affected drivers the millions of dollars in fines they paid toward these tickets.
The case now moves toward class certification.