Monthly Archives: April 2017

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

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Your transportation related headlines for Friday April 28th, 2017.

Car Crashes Killed 112 In City In 2015, Including 40 Pedestrians: IDOT- DNA Chicago

Voodoo Traffic Engineers At Streetsblog, Active Transportation Alliance Claim That Widening The Tri-State Is A Waste Of Money, Because Under The Phenomenon Of ‘Induced Demand,’ The New Lanes Will Be Just As Crowded When Completed - Chicago StreetsblogActive Transportation Alliance; Not Only Is The Theory Of Induced Demand A Low-Information Dogma Of The Anti-Car Crowd, The Whole Concept Of Induced Demand Has Been Discredited As A Faulty Concept, A Mistaken Myth And Junk Science

Newly Minted Cook County Judge Who Refused Traffic Court Duty Quits - Chicago Tribune

Former Gov Quinn Was Using IDOT As An Employment Agency - Chicago Tribune

Duckworth Blocks Transportation Planning Rule - Crain’s Chicago Business

West Dundee Police Choose Distracted Driving Fliers Over Tickets - Chicago Daily Herald

Part Of Jackson Sidewalk To Close For Weekend Work In West Loop - Chicago Sun-Times

What’s In The Future For Wrigleyville - Chicago Tribune

Ald. Downzones Milwaukee Ave Sites To Block Projects - DNA Chicago

Pothole Mosaic Art Fundraiser Ends Sunday - DNA Chicago

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Your transportation related headlines for Thursday  April 27th, 2017.

RIP Director Genius Jonathan Demme — Among His Many Triumphs, In 1984 He Directed The Greatest Concert Film Ever, The Talking Heads’ ‘Stop Making Sense‘ - WIRED; One Of The Highlights Was The Talking Heads’ Unforgettable Anthem About A Road Trip Through A Post-Apocalyptic, Dystopian Landscape – Life During Wartime: ‘This Ain’t No Party, This Ain’t No Disco’

WTTW/Chicago Tonight Looks At Textalyzer Issue, Privacy Concerns Of Giving Police Access To A Driver’s Entire Life On The Cell Phone - WTTW/Chicago Tonight

Police To Crack Down On Drunken Drivers In The Bridgeport Area This Weekend - DNA Chicago

$4 Billion Plan To Improve, Widen Tri-State Tollway Approved - Chicago Sun-TimesChicago Tribune; Some Suburbs Object - Chicago Daily Herald; 5 Things To Know About The Proposal To Widen The Tri-State Tollway - Chicago Tribune; Editorial: Devil Will Be Central Tri-State Tollway Rebuild Details - Chicago Daily Herald

Illinois Tollway Looking At Tougher Penalties For Missing Tolls - Chicago Daily Herald

Will Bee Buy Time To Rethink Longmeadow - Chicago Daily Herald

Letter: Expand Route 53 - Chicago Sun-Times

Oak Brook May Drop Lawsuit Over Red Light Camera - Chicago Tribune

Cook County Judge Claims He Can’t Work In Traffic Court Because Of Car Wash Investment - ABA Journal

Construction Dust Is Choking Us And Our Businesses, Broadway Merchants In Lakeview Say - DNA Chicago

Chicago-Based ParkWhiz Lands Groupon Exec - Crain’s Chicago Business

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Your transportation related headlines for Wednesday  April 26th, 2017.

Drugged Driving Eclipses Drunken Driving In Tests Of Motorists Killed - Washington Post

Western Springs Renews, May Expand, Red Light Camera Program - Chicago Tribune

Pyke: Vote Thursday Could Lead To Quicker Commute On I-294 - Chicago Daily Herald; Hinsdale, Western Springs And Oak Brook Residents Are Worried About Air Pollution And Losing Homes And Parks To Expansion; Letter: Tri-State Upgrade Plan Good For The Region - Chicago Daily Herald

Rauner Seeks To Oust Improperly Hired IDOT Employees - The State Journal-Register

New Cook County Judge Presiding Over Weddings After Refusing Traffic Court Post - Chicago Tribune

Michigan Avenue As A Unique Shopping Destination Was Nice While It Lasted (RIP Rand McNallyMiss You Marshall Field’sKan’t Live Without You Kroch’s & Brentano’s) — World’s Largest Starbucks Moving To Mag Mile, Replacing Crate & Barrel’s Flagship Chicago Location - DNA Chicago

Elgin District U-46 To Teach Students About Distracted Driving, Dealing With Police - Chicago Daily Herald

Self-Driving Cars And Space Robots: This Professor Draws National Eyes To Illinois Tech - Chicago Tribune

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Your transportation related headlines for Tuesday  April 25th, 2017.

General Assembly War On Small Business Rages On — Illinois Bill Would Require Companies To Offer Employees A Transit Or Parking Benefit - Chicago Streetsblog

Illinois Police Departments Cracking Down On Distracted Driving - Central Illinois Proud

Most Crash Reports Do Not Capture Drowsy, Drunk, Drugged and Distracted Driving, According to National Safety Council - PR Newswire

Tollway Unveils, Advances $4B Plan To Widen Tri-State, From Balmoral To 95th - Chicago Tribune

Watchdog Releases Report On IDOT Patronage Under Former Gov. Quinn - Chicago Tribune

Obama Returns To Chicago - Chicago TribuneThis Time Without A Rush Hour Traffic Jam From His Motorcade

The Pitfalls Of The Aldermanic Menu For Infrastructure - WTTW/Chicago Tonight

The Consequences Of Poorly Designed Bike Lanes: Chicago Bike Dooring Reports Saw Steep Increase in 2015, Data Shows - WTTW/Chicago Tonight

Bicyclist Apparently Hit By Car Near Unfinished Navy Pier Flyover - DNA Chicago

Downtown Divvy Bikes Hard To Find On Nice Days - Chicago Bike Report

This Crossing Guard Should Get Combat Pay - Chicago Reader

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Your transportation related headlines for Monday  April 24th, 2017.

So Much For The Myth That Rear End Crashes Linked To Red Light Cameras Are No Big Deal – Top 5 Injuries Caused by Rear-End Collisions Include Brain, Neck And Spine Injury, Paralysis -

First Test Of Lockbox Law - IL Lawmaker Wants To Raid Funds, Including Vehicle Funds, For Budget Fix - CBS 2 Chicago

Who Would Be The Main Beneficiary Of Textalyzer Technology — Ambulance Chasing Lawyers - ChicagoistAnd Shame On Them For Trying To Fudge The Fourth Amendment

Older-Driver Road Tests Cut Crashes In Illinois - Adirondack Daily Enterprise

U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Chicago’s Sweetheart Deal For Uber, Rahm’s Brother Ari - Chicago Sun-Times

After Five Years, Hazel Crest Woman Finally Gets Back Impounded Car - Chicago Sun-Times

City Inspector General Subpoenas Tollway After Sex-For-Favors Allegations Surface About Airport Official -Chicago Tribune

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Your transportation related headlines for Friday April 21st, 2017.

Editorial: Chicago’s Street, Infrastructure ‘Men u’ Program For Aldermen: 50 Ways To Waste Your Money - Chicago Tribune; Aldermen Revolt At Watchdog’s Idea To Take Away Street Paving Money - Chicago Tribune; Emanuel Shoots Down Stripping Aldermen Of Control Over Menu Money - Chicago Sun-TimesChicago Tribune

Streetsblog Perpetuates The Myth That Distracted Pedestrians Are Not A Traffic Safety Concern - Chicago StreetsblogHard Facts Show Otherwise; In The Same Breath, Streetsblog Urges The Use Of Controversial Technology To Snoop On Drivers’ Cell Phones To Find Texters, But Ignores The Constitutional Elephant In The Room With That Technology

IDOT Keeps Route Oakbrook Red Light Camera Activation On Hold - Chicago Tribune

City May Add, Remove Local Red Light Cameras On NW Side - Nadig Newspapers

Letter: Chicago Has Better Uses For Its Money Than New Street Lights - Chicago Sun-Times

Opinion: Putting The Brakes On Party Bus Violence - Chicago Sun-Times

Letter: Street Musicians Are The Heart Of This Loud, Bold City - Chicago Tribune

Letter: No Excuse For Delay In Fatal DUI Trial - Chicago Tribune

Illinois Police Warn Teens Going To Prom About Safe Driving - Chicago Daily Herald

Ohio Street Ramp On Kennedy To Close For Bridge Work Sunday - Chicago Sun-Times

Irving-Central Starbucks Decision Delayed For Traffic Study, Alderman Says - DNA Chicago

Watch Out For Runners And Street Closures During Ravenswood 5K Sunday - DNA Chicago

Geico Raises Illinois Auto Insurance Rates - Crain’s Chicago Business

Trump, City Sued By Bike Courier Hit By Falling Concrete Near Trump Tower - DNA Chicago

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Your transportation related headlines for Thursday, April 20th, 2017

New York City Marks The Completion Of A Six Year Project To Transform Times Square Into An Ill-Conceived, Traffic-Clogging Pedestrian Mall - Gothamist; Approved By Two Different Mayors (One A Nanny-State Authoritarian, And His Successor A Cop-Hating Communist), And Conceived By A Tyrannical Car-Hating-Crank Transportation Commissioner, The Times Square Project Has Been An Epic FAIL, As It Became An Embarrassing, Lawless Outdoor Peep-Show, And Left Manhattan With Permanent Traffic Gridlock

Bad Meets Worse: City Inspector General Joe Ferguson Proposes Taking Infrastructure Funds Away From The Shameless Crooks In The City Council, And Giving Them To The Pathological Liars At CDOT - Chicago Sun-Times

Longmeadow Parkway Will Eventually Happen, Despite Bumblebee Injunction - Chicagoist

Construction Season Means High Costs For Illinois Taxpayers - Illinois News Network

I-90 And Elmhurst Road ‘Diverging Diamond’ Interchange Now Set To Open In June - Chicago Daily Herald

CDOT Commissioner Scheinfeld Joins Call For Unconstitutional, Warrantless Electronic Snooping On Drivers’ Cell Phones To Catch Texters - Chicago Sun-Times; Sneed: Big Drop In Texting-While-Driving Citations Is Puzzling - Chicago Sun-Times

Lake County Sheriff Begins Distracted Driving Campaign - Chicago Daily Herald

Active Transportation Alliance Survey Tries To Figure Out Why Commuters Are Abandoning The CTA - Chicago Streetsblog

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Your transportation related headlines for Wednesday, April 19th, 2017.

Road Construction Under Way Despite Lack Of Illinois Budget - Illinois News Network

How A Bumblebee That Stalled Longmeadow Parkway Project Might Bring Road Projects To A Halt In 13 States - The Newspaper; Dubious Injunction Granted Even Though Bumblebee’s Problems Are Related To An Outbreak Of A Fungal Disease, Not Road Construction

New Study Identifies Nine Of The Worst Highway Projects Across The Country — $10 Billion In Taxpayers Dollars Wasted – IL Rt. 53 Project Makes The List - United States Public Interest Research Group; Route 53 Opposition Filling A Void Of Information - Chicago Tribune

Husband Of Woman Killed While Riding Bike In Mt. Prospect Pushes State Bill, Strengthening Penalties On Drivers Who Disregard Crosswalk Signals - Chicago Tribune

Sen. Durbin Says He Is Willing To Work With President Donald Trump And His Administration On Infrastructure - Crain’s Chicago Business

Alder-Nanny Burke Wants To Allow High Tech Snooping On Cell Phones After Collisions To Catch Texters - Chicago Sun-TimesHow About A High Tech Device That Detects When Streets And Sanitation Trucks Plow Snow Off Burke’s Street Over And Over, While Every Other Street Goes Untouched

City Council Passes Rahm’s Streetlight Shell Game, With Still Unanswered Questions On FinancingUnresolved Issues Traffic Hazards Posed By LED Lights, And A Price Tag Twice What New York Paid For A Similar Project - Chicago Sun-Times; City Has Better, More Attractive Alternatives For Street Lights - Chicago Sun-Times

City Council Votes For Yet Another Party Bus Crackdown - DNA Chicago

City Council Approves ID Cards For Illegal Aliens, Felons — What Could Go Wrong - DNA Chicago

Raise Your Hand If You Think City Aldermen Need More Power - Crain’s Chicago Business; For Once, City Council Votes For Ethics - Chicago Sun-Times

It’s Bridge Lift Season – Watch For Lifts Wednesdays at 11:00 AM, Saturdays At 9:45 AM - Chicago Loop Bridges

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Your transportation related headlines for Tuesday, April 18th, 2017.

US Drivers Distracted By Their Phones On 88% Of Trips - Yahoo Finance

Move Over to Protect Police, Fire, and EMS Personnel - National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

Little Village Neighbors Say ‘No’ To Traffic Congestion, Parking Problems, Created By CDOT’s Poorly Designed Protected Bike Lanes; Streetsblog Offers The Patronizing Explanation That Residents Would Have Liked These Lanes If CDOT Had Made Its Presentations In Spanish - Chicago Reader

CDOT Complains About Not Getting Traffic Accident Data From IDOT - Chicago Streetsblog; Ironic That CDOT Has A Long History Of Using Phony Accident Data To Justify Speed CamerasOffer Phony Rationales For Shady Street Shutdowns

Annual Battle Against City Potholes Begins In Earnest - DNA Chicago

Semi-Automatic Guns, Drugs Found On Party Bus In South Loop, Police Say - DNA Chicago; Emanuel Cracks Down Yet Again On Party Buses - Chicago Sun-Times

Latest North Branch Plan Would Tangle Traffic, Ignores Need For Park: Group - DNA Chicago

Police Riding All-Terrain Vehicles On ’606′ Spark Cheers, Jeers - DNA Chicago

Redeveloping The State Street Corridor: An Update - South Side Weekly

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Your transportation related headlines for Monday, April 17th, 2017.

Legislators, Including Dem Gov Candidate Biss, Shamelessly Grandstanding, After Dubious Report On Auto Insurance Rates For Minority Neighborhoods - Chicago Sun-TimesTwitter- Daniel Biss

Officials Tweaking New IL Licenses Plates To Make More Legible - Chicago Sun-Times

Drunken, Unlicensed CDOT Worker Who Crashed Into Parked Cars On Duty Gets Fired - DNA Chicago; Employee’s Demeanor During Termination Appeal Hearing Speaks Volumes About Culture Of Arrogance And Entitlement At CDOT

Ban Guns From Party Buses, Rahm Says After Latest Arrests On Board - DNA Chicago

Public Trash Cans Aren’t For Your Home Garbage, Alderman Warns; Violators May Be Fined, Vehicles Impounded - DNA Chicago

Chicago Vehicle Charging Infrastructure Boosted By VW Settlement - Chicago Sun-Times; VW To Invest $300M In Hundreds Of EV Chargers Across The US - CNET; Proposed $800 Million VW Diesel Settlement Vexes Companies, Activists - San Jose Mercury News

Lake Street Closed In Loop After Problem Reported With Scaffold On High-Rise - Chicago Tribune

Smart Road Technology To Ease Congestion And Keep Drivers Safe On I-90 - Illinois News Network

Anti-Car Metropolitan Planning Council Sticks By Its Questionable Conclusion That Segregation Is The Cause Of All Chicago’s Problems - Crain’s Chicago Business

Anti-Trump Tax Protesters March In Loop Streets Saturday - Chicago Sun-Times, Other Marches Around The Nation - Chicago Tribune

Streetsbloggers Up In Arms Over Police ATV Patrols On The 606 Trail - Chicago Streetsblog

Low-Speed Electric Bicycles And Low-Speed Gas Bicycles Are Permitted On The Lakefront Path – Mopeds And Motorcycles Are Not - Chainlink