Monthly Archives: April 2016

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

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Your transportation related headlines for Friday, April 29th, 2016 

Streets Closures For NFL Draft – Chicago Sun-Times; Loop Commuter Alert: Congress And Columbus Shut Down For 11 Days From Friday April 22 To Monday May 2, Balbo Closed Until Friday May 6, CTA To Add Service For Draft Attendees; Draft Turns Into Theatre Of The Bizarre – Chicago Tribune; Grant Park — This Space For Rent Cheap – Chicago Tribune

More Sentencing Delays In Redflex Corruption Trial In Chicago – The Newspaper

Metropolitan Planning Council Urges More Transit Oriented Development – Metropolitan Planning Council

Uber Touts Poll Showing Chicagoans Oppose Licensing Ordinance – Chicago Sun-Times; Alderman Slams Alleged Survey As Misleading Push Poll – Chicago Sun-Times; Rahm Tries To Reassert His Stranglehold On City Council, To Save Uber And His Brother Ari From New Ordinance – Chicago Sun-Times

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Your transportation related headlines for Thursday, April 28th, 2016 

Streets Closures For NFL Draft - Chicago Sun-Times; Loop Commuter Alert: Congress And Columbus Shut Down For 11 Days From Friday April 22 To Monday May 2; CDOT Mismanagement Strikes Again – The CDOT Elevated Bridge Project On Wacker Drive Closes Multiple Lanes Of Lower Wacker Between Michigan And LSD, Just When Lower Wacker Is Needed To Relieve Traffic Congestion From The NFL Draft

Opinion: Keep State From Pirating Money Meant For Transportation - Chicago Sun-Times

A Record-Breaking $543 Million Property Tax Increase Has Not Done Anything To Improve Bond Investors View Of Chicago Creditworthiness -Crains Chicago Business; Study Finds Illinois Residents Pay Highest Property Tax Rate - CBS 2 Chicago

Emanuel Losing Control Of His Own Bureaucracy, Inspector Suggests; Water Department Workers Sell Off City Scrap Metal And Pocket The Proceeds - Crains Chicago Business

Letter: A Quick Reminder Of Illinois Pension Problems - Chicago Tribune‎

Just When You Thought It Could Not Get Worse, Hastert Sentencing Hearing Marks A New Low In Illinois Politics - Chicago Tribune

Beverly Breast Cancer Walk Returns For 17th Annual Mothers Day March - DNA Chicago

Artist Installs No Trump Sign Outside Trump Tower - Chicago Tribune‎

20 Year Old Wallet, Drivers License Found During Davis Theatre Restoration - DNA Chicago

Fox 32 News Helps Driver Fight Ticket From Confusing Signs

Sometimes Chicago’s traffic signs can be confusing.

In some cases that confusion can lead to a parking ticket. That’s what happened to one driver who thought she was parked legally but ended up with a $100 ticket.

Fox Chicago News spotlighted the woman’s story as she thought she was safe to park in what seemed like a spot reserved for vehicles with handicapped plates or placards.

It turned out the sign was faded to the point that crucial restrictions were unreadable and rush hour parking restrictions were in force at the time.

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

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Your transportation related headlines for Wednesday, April 27th, 2016 

Streets Closures For NFL Draft - Chicago Sun-Times; Loop Commuter Alert: Congress And Columbus Shut Down For 11 Days From Friday April 22 To Monday May 2; Other Cities Besides Chicago Want Chance At Hosting NFL Draft - Chicago TribuneChicago Sun-Times; Philadelphia Emerges As Favorite To Host 2017 NFL Draft - ESPN

Trump Mocks Obama For Failed 2016 Olympic Bid For Chicago - Chicago TribuneHow Chicago Dodged A Fiscal Fiasco By Losing The Bid, AndThe Lone Voice In The Wilderness That Opposed The Games

Privately Built Toll Lanes On The Stevenson – Legislators Are Anxious - Crains Chicago Business

The $40 Million Bus Boondoggle: Loop Link Buses Still Creep By At 3 Miles An Hour, While Shoddy Design Leads To Confrontations Between Buses And Other Vehicles - Chicago Streetsblog

Metropolitan Planning Council Pushing For New Anti-Car Federal Regulations - Metropolitan Planning Council, Plus Another Illinois Constitutional Time Bomb On Transportation Funding - Metropolitan Planning Council

Mihalopoulos: Rahm Should Quit Back-Seat Driving In Uber Debate - Chicago Sun-Times

Convicted Chicago Official Wants Redflex Exec To Pay Bribery Fine

Photo graphic credit: The Newspaper.com

Photo graphic credit: The Newspaper.com

By The Newspaper.com

John Bills, the former Chicago, Illinois transportation official convicted of taking bribes from Redflex Traffic Systems, continues to insist that the government’s case against him remains fatally weak. In documents filed with the federal court, Bills attorney Nishay K. Sanan asked Judge Virginia Kendall to reject the feds’ attempt to confiscate the $680,107 in illicit funds that Bills had accepted in return for expanding the Windy City’s red light camera program.

“The government relies on the testimony of Martin O’Malley and Aaron Rosenberg,” Sanan wrote. “This testimony was not believed at trial, and should not be bought into now.”

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Your transportation related headlines for Tuesday, April 26th, 2016 

Streets Closures For NFL Draft - Chicago Sun-Times; Loop Commuter Alert: Congress And Columbus Shut Down For 11 Days From Friday April 22 To Monday May 2; Rahm Trying To Save Draft For 2017 - Chicago Sun-Times

Illinois, Indiana Join In Funding Move To Keep Illiana Alive - Crains Chicago Business‎

Lane Closures At Harlem And Irving Begin Wednesday - Chicago Sun-Times

Office Of 46th Ward Alderman Cappelman Notes Overwhelming Opposition To The Ridiculous CDOT Blockade of Halsted, Broadway, Grace Intersection - Chicago Streetsblog

Survey Claims Chicago Had 50 Million Visitors In 2015 - Crains Chicago Business; Really — Chicago Had 4 Million More Domestic Visitors Than New York - NYC & Company; Sounds Like Rahm Has Cooked The Books Again

A Senseless Death On State Street And The Bystander Effect - Chicago Tribune

Letter: What A Sorry State We Are In On Illinois Drivers Licenses - Chicago Daily Herald

Bikers And Boozing - Beezodogsplace

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Your transportation related headlines for Monday, April 25th, 2016 

Streets Closures For NFL Draft - Chicago Sun-Times; Loop Commuter Alert: Congress And Columbus Shut Down For 11 Days From Friday April 22 To Monday May 2; Additional Closures On Balbo, Michigan Avenue; City Hall Blows It Again – Grant Park Rental Worth $3.2 Million, But NFL To Pay $103,000 - DNA Chicago; Roger Goodell Offers Some Good News For Loop Commuters: NFL Draft Very Likely To Leave Chicago For 2017 - NFL,DNA Chicago

Madison Street Bridge Repairs Begin Monday - DNA Chicago

Chicago Firm A Player In Self-Driving Cars - Crains Chicago Business‎

Restaurants Convert Parking Lots To Customer Seating, Pushing Off The Burden Of Parking Onto The Local Neighborhood - Chicago Streetsblog

Letter: Bears Legend Needed To Enforce Traffic Laws - Chicago Daily Herald

Bike Safety Goes Mainstream, Loses Shrill, Anti-Car Propaganda - Beezodogsplace; The Dishonesty of Bike Activists - Beezodogsplace

Bike Hooligans Hurl Rocks And Obscenities At Logan Square Pedestrians - DNA Chicago

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Your transportation related headlines for Friday April 22nd, 2016 

Streets Closures For NFL Draft - Chicago Sun-Times; Loop Commuter Alert: Congress And Columbus Shut Down For 11 Days From Friday April 22 To Monday May 2; Additional Closures On Balbo, Michigan Avenue

Weekend Eisenhower Lane Closures Start Friday Night - Chicago Sun-Times

A Wider I-294 – Solutions Sought For Central Tri-State - Chicago Daily Herald

Letter: Cullerton Mileage Tax Was A Bad Idea - Chicago Daily Herald

Streetsblog Cheers The Morons Who Left Planters In The Middle Of A Disputed Lakeview Intersection, Creating A Dangerous Traffic Hazard -Chicago Streetsblog

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Your transportation related headlines for Thursday April 21st, 2016 

Streets Closures For NFL Draft - Chicago Sun-Times; Loop Commuter Alert: Congress And Columbus Shut Down For 11 Days From April 22 To May 2; Balbo Already Closed For Event Set Up

Harrison Street Bridge Now Reopen After Two-Year Closure - DNA Chicago

Fullerton Avenue Facelift Will Widen Sidewalks, Remove Train Tracks And More - DNA Chicago

Lots Of Questions, Fewer Answers Regarding Ike Expansion - Chicago Tribune

Future Of CDOT Boneheaded Traffic Blockade At Halsted/Broadway/Grace Still Uncertain; Lakeview East Chamber of Commerce Note Traffic Bottleneck During Cubs Games, As Slip Lane Is A Necessary Safety Valve When Halsted Backs Up - Chicago Streetsblog

AAA: More Than One-Third Of Americans Will Take A Family Vacation This Year, As Gar Prices Lowest In 12 Years - AAA

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Your transportation related headlines for Wednesday, April 20th, 2016

Streets Closures For NFL Draft - Chicago Sun-Times; Loop Commuter Alert: Congress And Columbus Shut Down For 11 Days From April 22 To May 2; Balbo Already Closed For Event Set Up

Flower Sales On Street Draw Flak From Florists - DNA Chicago

Big, Red Food Truck Headed To Chicago Will Hand Out Free Pocky Cookie Sticks - Chicago Tribune‎

Brown: Maybe More Regulation Not Answer In Taxi-Ride-Share Debate - Chicago Sun-Times‎

Mega Mall To Finally Be Demolished; Developer Nears Deal With Grocery, Gym, 313 Parking Spots - DNA Chicago

Avondale Project Adds Off Street Parking, In Wake Of Neighbor Concerns - DNA Chicago