Monthly Archives: March 2016
STAY OUT OF THE LOOP FRIDAY AFTERNOON, AS CTU WILL SHUTDOWN TRAFFIC; CTU Illegal Strike/Loop Street Shutdown Friday Playing Against Backdrop Of Financial Disaster – Chicago Tribune; Mad About The Teacher Strike – Then Strike Back – Crains Chicago Business
Street-Sweeping Season Starts Friday; Look-Up Your Address – Chicago Tribune
Rahm Makes List Of The 19 Most Disappointing Leaders In The World; McDonald Dashcam Video Shooting Cover-Up Earns Special Recognition As Second Most Breathtakingly Craven Political Move of the Year – Fortune
Potholes To Become Works of Art, Artist Says – DNA Chicago
How do we know?
Because the city’s Winter Overnight Parking Ban is ending and street cleaning season is beginning.
April 1st is the annual date for the end to the prohibition of parking from 3 AM to 7 AM on select main thoroughfares in the city–just in case a big snowstorm strikes.
But it’s also the date city street sweepers begin cleaning the neighborhood streets of Chicago.
Temporary orange paper signs have already sprouted up on blocks across the city and street sweepers will get to work starting at 9 AM sharp Friday. Drivers will need to stay off designated streets until 2 PM or 3PM (depending on the sign) or until the signs are removed by Department of Streets and Sanitation personnel.
If you forget or ignore the signs, a ticket will set you back $60.
Your transportation related headlines for Wednesday, March 30th, 2016
NFL Draft In Chicago Plans Announced; Look For Street Closure Overkill Downtown - DNA Chicago
North Broadway Restaurants Can Stay Open After City Nixes Water Boil Order For Water Main Work - DNA Chicago
Public Meeting Reveals CDOT Plans For Latest Intersection Screwup At Lincoln/Belmont/Ashland – Turns Will Be Banned, And New Poorly Designed Bike Lanes Will Further Complicate The Intersection - DNA Chicago
Hyde Park Businesses Offer Free Parking To Lure Customers - DNA Chicago
Your transportation related headlines for Tuesday, March 29th, 2016
CTU Illegal Strike Aims To Shut Down Loop Traffic Friday - DNA Chicago; Union Bosses Make Yet Another Two-Fisted Money Grab, For The Salary Of Any Teacher Who Obeys The Law And Reports To Work Friday - Chicago Sun-Times; CPS Lays Out Plans For Students During Teachers Walkout - Chicago Tribune; Commentary: Why We Teach – And Why The CTU Walkout Is A Mistake Chicago Tribune
Illinois Trails Other Great Lakes States In Job Growth - Crains Chicago Business
Too Stupid For Words: CDOT Wants To Road Diet Austin Avenue, Because Of An Accident That Involved A DRUNK DRIVER - DNA Chicago
Streetsblog Drinks The Kool-Aid On Green Grifter, Junk Science Survey, Claiming That Chicago Has Too Much Residential Parking - Chicago Streetsblog
First there was the movement to stop distracted driver. Now there’s a new push to stop distracting walking.
You know drivers can’t text while driving–at least in most states.
But in New Jersey, a new bill aims to prohibit pedestrians from texting while crossing the street.
The recently introduced bill, according to the Washington Post, would treat distracted walkers like jaywalkers and could face a $50 fine and possible jail time for violating this potential law.
Your transportation related headlines for Monday, March 28th, 2016
CDOT Getting Ready To Turn Another Chicago Intersection Into Permanent Gridlock, This Time At Belmont, Lincoln And Ashland - Chicago Streetsblog; Will It Be Even Worse Than The CDOT Engineered Traffic Jam At Lincoln, Wellington, Southport
2nd Chicago Towing Firm Could Lose Its License, State Warns - Chicago Tribune
More Than 130,000 Vehicles Fail State Emissions Tests - Chicago Daily Herald
Letter: Stop Wrong-Way Drivers With Spikes On Expressway Ramps - Chicago Daily Herald
Bill Would Permit Speed Cameras In Downstate School Zones - The Expired Meter
Dubious, Methodologically Flawed Study, By Anti-Car Crank Group, Claims That Chicago Apartment Buildings Have A Parking Glut - Chicago Tribune; Then Why Does Every Desirable High Rise On The North Lakefront Have A Years-Long Waiting List For Parking, With Spaces Being Rented Or Sold At Sky-High Prices
Rahm Does End Run Around Police Board To Hand Pick New CPD Head - Chicago Sun-Times; Rahm Fighting To Save His Career - Chicago Sun-Times; Letter: Rahm Touts Shiny New Lakefront Parks, While City Safety Ignored - Chicago Tribune
If you live in the greater Chicagoland area (or East St. Louis area) and own a car, you are familiar with the chore of taking your vehicle to an Illinois Air Team facility to get its emissions output tested.
Perhaps you’ve faced the drive of shame away from the facility having flunked your emissions test.
The only consolation to soothe the heat in your flushed cheeks is over 130,000 other Illinois drivers also failed their tests in 2014 according to the Daily Herald. 1.9 vehicles took their emissions tests in 2014, which means that only 7% of tested vehicles fail.
Pension Ruling Will Cost Chicago Taxpayers Dearly – Crains Chicago Business; On Pensions, Chicago Has No Choice But To Pay A Lot More – Crains Chicago Business; Supreme Court Hands Chicago A Pension Reality Check – Chicago Sun-Times; Pension Ruling Another Blow To Chicago Taxpayers And Emanuel – Chicago Tribune; Illinois Supreme Court Strikes Down Chicago Pension Reform But Opens Door For Other Changes – Illinois Policy Institute; Moodys: Chicago Pension-Reform Ruling Means Increased Financial Pressure, Rapidly Growing Pension Debt – Illinois Policy Institute; Chicago Telephone-Tax Hike Should Be Eliminated In Wake Of Pension Ruling – Illinois Policy Institute
6 Reasons Why Chicago Taxes Will Keep Going Up – Illinois Policy Institute
While Rahm Spends Millions For Bike Paths, Real Needs Of City Go Begging – Beezodogsplace
In Illinois, there’s only one municipality in the state where speed camera enforcement is allowed–Chicago.
But if a downstate lawmaker gets his way, this invasive species may expand to the entire state of Illinois.
Your transportation related headlines for Thursday, March 24th, 2016
Need Parking – CTA Is Renting Spaces Under The Brown Line - DNA Chicago
Chicago River Drawbridge Testing Underway - Chicago Tribune
Surprise: Uber, Lyft Hate Proposed Ride-Hailing Regulations - Crains Chicago Business
Headline Club to Honor Former Tribune Transportation Columnist Jon Hilkevitch - Robert Feder
New Startup To Offer Kiosks For Key Storage - Crains Chicago Business; Will Chicago Issue Tickets For These Key Storage Boxes, Like They Did For Valet Operators