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

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Your transportation related headlines for Thursday, April 13th, 2017.

Today In History, A Lesson On Infrastructure: 25 Years Ago Today, Basements Of Buildings Throughout The Loop Flooded After The Breach Of An Old Freight Tunnel Under The Chicago River; The Flood Closed Many Businesses For Days Or Weeks, And Caused $1B In Damages And Business Losses; The Kicker — The City Was Made Aware Of The Problem By A Sharp Eyed Cable Installer, Who Provided The City With Video Of The Leak Three Months Before The Flood Occurred — But The City Ignored The Problem Until It Was Too Late - Chicago Tribune

Police: Mercedes Speeding 135 MPH When Family Fatally Struck; Mercedes Blocking Efforts To Examine Car’s Black Box - Chicago Daily Herald; Mercedes May Want To Play Ball Rather Than Get Dragged Into Cook County Circuit Court, With A Judge Already Mad At Them For Stonewalling

Smart Street Lighting Project Advances, Despite Financing Questions, Concerns Over Cost - Chicago Sun-TimesChicago Tribune; Better Government Association: Chicago Light Overhaul To Cost Double That Of New York’s

Party Bus Crackdown Advances But More Must Be Done, Alderman Says - Chicago Sun-Times

Grocery Co-Op Wants To Make Its Home At Building That Was Part Of CTA’s Gold-Plated, $200M Sistine-Chapel Level Restoration Of Wilson Station - Chicago Tribune

‘How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Rahm’ – Chicago Bikers And Their Fatal Attraction To Corrupt Tiny Dancer - Chi.Gov.com

Chicago’s SpotHero Buys Rival Parking Panda - Crain’s Chicago Business

Drive Through Starbucks At Six Corners Raises Ruckus Over Traffic Safety - DNA Chicago

These Jefferson Park ‘Ghosts’ Convinced A Jury To Drop Gas Station Firebombing Charges - DNA Chicago

Stations of the Cross Processional Takes To The Streets In Pilsen Friday - DNA Chicago

Streetsblog Tells Tale Of Biker Who Fought His Own Health Insurer After An Accident - Chicago Streetsblog; Lesson Here Is That Your Health Insurer Has A Right Of ‘Subrogation,’ For Any Settlement Amount That You Receive From The Party That Caused Your Injuries — So Don’t Settle For An Amount That Doesn’t Take This Into Account

Work To Start On River North Apartment Tower With 176 Units, 84 Parking Spaces - Curbed Chicago

A Look At The South Loop Construction Boom - Curbed Chicago

A Vast New-Urbanism Walkable Project For Hoffman Estates - Crain’s Chicago Business

Next Phase Of Longmeadow Construction Begins Next Week - Chicago Daily Herald

Elgin Church Offers Drive-Through Communion - Chicago Daily Herald

Now’s The Time To Spot Nesting Birds In Chicago (But Don’t Get Too Close) - DNA Chicago

United Doctor Lost Two Front Teeth, Had Nose Broken, Concussion: Lawyer - DNA Chicago; Unfriendly Skies Won’t Improve Anytime Soon - Chicago Sun-Times; Kass: It Takes A Video To Really Get A Reaction - Chicago Tribune; Anger Over Media Reporting On Victim’s Past - Snopes; What Are The Chicago Aviation Police - Chicago Tribune; A Simple Way To Ease The Pain Of Airline Overbooking - Crain’s Chicago Business; United Ties $500,000 CEO Bonus To Customer Satisfaction Results - Crain’s Chicago Business; 11 Things I Never Knew About Flying — Until I Became A Flight Attendant - Crain’s Chicago Business; United Dragging Incident Fuels Push For Passenger Rights - The Hill; With Grotesque Profits & Worse Ethics, Airlines Are A Bloody Outrage - Chicagoist; United Passengers React to Airline’s Apology - USA TODAY; At City Council Hearing, Aviation Commissioner Apologizes For Dragging Passenger Off United Flight - DNA ChicagoChicagoist; United Says It Will Waive Voucher Agreement’s Ban On Lawsuits For Flight’s Passengers - The Hill; Third-Party Browser Extension Aims To Boycott United - The Hill; After Dao-United Incident, City Will Review All Airport Policies - Chicago Sun-Times; Why Corporations Treat Consumers Like Doormats - Chicago Tribune; Let The Arrogant Airline Industry Feel Consumers’ Wrath - Chicago Tribune

Chicago Municipal ID Advances, Despite Opposition Over Cost, City Mismanagement, Fraud - Chicago Sun-Times

Goofball Idea Contest Winner – Chicago Should Annex Adjoining Suburbs - Chicago Tribune

After Imposing Ruinous Taxes On Soda, Cook County’s Mismanagement Costs Taxpayers Millions - Chicago Tribune

Elk Grove Village Plans To Opt Out Of Cook County Minimum Wage Law - Chicago Daily Herald

Several Industries Ask State Lawmakers For Tax Carve Outs - Illinois News Network

Illinois’ Over-Regulations ‘Grind Down Small Businesses’ - Illinois News Network; Failure Of Reform Behind CAT Layoffs - Illinois Policy Institute

Pew: Illinois Pension Funds Invested In Risky, Alternative Investments - Illinois News Network

Another Illinois School Funding Plan Proposed - Peoria Journal-Star

Illinois Failure Across The Board - Champaign News-Gazette

Proposed Illinois $1 Limit On ATM Fees Could Spell End Of Free ATMs - Illinois News Network

Kids Forced To Sell Candy On Streets Is Abuse, Police Tell Wicker Residents - DNA Chicago

Elgin Police Seek Info On Man In Vehicle Who Approached Young Boy - Chicago Daily Herald

New Police Oversight Agency To Launch Sept. 15, Officials Say - DNA Chicago; Johnson Gets Mixed Reviews After 1 Year In Hot Seat As CPD Chief - Chicago Sun-Times; Police Reform And A New Superintendent — One Year Later - Chicago Sun-Times

New Police Union Boss Vows To Fight ‘Anti-Police Movement In The City’ - DNA Chicago; Brown: New Video Of Police Shooting Greets New FOP President - Chicago Sun-Times; Black Officials Want Changes To Contract With Police Union - Chicago Tribune; CPD And City’s Black Caucus Put Emanuel In A Vise - Crain’s Chicago Business; New Chicago Police Union President Assembling A Team - Chicago Sun-Times

2 Pizza Delivery Drivers Robbed At Gunpoint In Austin - Chicago Sun-Times

Kenosha Man Arrested After Two Zion Hit-And-Run Incidents - Chicago Tribune

Suburban Cop On Leave After License Suspension In Fatal Crash - Chicago Tribune

Teddy Bear With Gun Features Takes Aim At Gun Violence - Chicago Tribune

Chiraq Report – Shootings Kill 1 Person, Wound 9 Since Wednesday, Police Say - DNA Chicago; Doing Nothing When Violence Visits Is Not Because We Didn’t Care - Chicago Tribune

Parents Of Boy, 12, Shot In Old Town Drive-By Say Older Boys Used Him As Shield: ‘It’s Messed Up’ - Chicago Tribune

Austin Shooting Kills Man, 26, Sitting Inside Car, Police Say - DNA Chicago

Man Wounded In South Chicago Drive-By Shooting - Chicago Sun-Times

Driver, 21, Dies 2 Weeks After Auburn Gresham Drive-By Shooting - DNA Chicago

Pair Charged After Archer Heights Drive-By Shooting - Chicago Sun-Times

Man In Van Wounded In West Englewood Shooting - Chicago Sun-Times

Man In Garage Shot, Critically Wounded In Brighton Park - Chicago Sun-Times

Boy In Car, 16, Grazed By Drive-By Bullet In Ashburn - Chicago Sun-Times

20-Year-Old Man Shot In Back Of The Yards Drive-By - Chicago Sun-Times

Passenger Killed In Southwest Side Crash With Garbage Truck - Chicago Tribune

Man Killed, Another Injured In South Side Crash After Speeding Driver Ran Stop Sign - Chicago Sun-Times

Motorcyclist In Critically Injured In Crash On Lake Shore Drive - Chicago Sun-Times

Driver Rescued By Police, Firemen, After Van Plunges Into Round Lake - Chicago Sun-Times

Semi Truck Rolls Over On I-355 Ramp To I-80 In New Lenox - Chicago Sun-Times

An Infrastructure Plan Coming, But When - The Hill

Sensing Trouble, Automakers Prepare To Bargain With EPA, CARB On Emissions - The Car Connection

Bigger, Faster, More Lavish: Americans Crave SUVs, and Carmakers Oblige - New York Times; Mighty Muscle Cars And Crazy Crossovers Headline New York Auto Show - Chicago Tribune

Automotive 2.0: The New Road Ahead To Autonomous Vehicles - ReadWrite

Securing Driverless Cars From Hackers Is Hard. Ask the Ex-Uber Guy Who Protects Them - WIRED

Driverless Car Travel Will Cut U.S Travel Costs By 2030 - Industry Leaders Magazine

The Potential Downside To Autonomous Autos - Rock River Times

Self-Driving Trucks, Delivery Vans At Vanguard Of Autonomous Vehicle Revolution - Trucks.com

Tesla Model 3 Could Set The Charging Standard For Electric Vehicles - Electrek

Elon Musk To Disgruntled Tesla Shareholders: Buy Ford Stock - CNBC

Tech Features For Your Next New Car - Business Insider

Who Should Regulate Cybersecurity For Connected Cars - Gov Tech

Uber ’Hell’ Program Reportedly Tracked, Targeted Lyft Drivers - Engadget

Lyft Raises $600M Amid Uber’s Crises - CNNMoney

Ex-Uber Employee Who Spurred Sexual Harassment Probe To Lead New Publication - The Hill

Vega Casinos Raise Parking Prices - Los Angeles Times

ND House Votes To Keep Parking Meter Ban - Inforum

Ohio Town Fights To Avoid $3.4 Million Speed Camera Refund - The Newspaper

If Safe Driving Were A High School Course, Drivers Would Classify As C Average Students - Everquote

San Bernardino Motorcyclist Decapitated In Freak Accident Is Identified - Chicago Tribune

Florida Prosecutors Charge Police Officer In Street Shooting Of Caretaker Of Autistic Man - Chicago Tribune

8-Year-Old Ohio Boy Drives His Little Sister to McDonald’s After Learning How by Watching YouTube Videos - USA TODAY

8 Tips To Buying Tires - Gas Buddy

 

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

  1. Jeff says:

    Smart Street Lighting Project Advances, Despite Financing Questions, Concerns Over Cost – Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago Tribune; Better Government Association: Chicago Light Overhaul To Cost Double That Of New York’s
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    Double the cost? No details on financing? And the Council just rubber stamps this nonsense? Only in Chicago!

  2. Jeff says:

    ‘How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Rahm’ – Chicago Bikers And Their Fatal Attraction To Corrupt Tiny Dancer – Chi.Gov.com
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    Wait till the poison dwarf starts taxing bikers to plug holes in the City budget – they will sing a different tune then.

  3. Jeff says:

    Today In History, A Lesson On Infrastructure: 25 Years Ago Today, Basements Of Buildings Throughout The Loop Flooded After The Breach Of An Old Freight Tunnel Under The Chicago River; The Flood Closed Many Businesses For Days Or Weeks, And Caused $1B In Damages And Business Losses; The Kicker — The City Was Made Aware Of The Problem By A Sharp Eyed Cable Installer, Who Provided The City With Video Of The Leak Three Months Before The Flood Occurred — But The City Ignored The Problem Until It Was Too Late – Chicago Tribune
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    I remember having our office downtown close that day – and since none of the subways were working, it was a giant mass walk out of the Loop for everyone, as buses and taxis were full.

  4. venus velvet says:

    The lights are too bright (not to mention cold and harsh looking)and will disrupt sleep cycles of people, animals, birds, etc.

  5. Jeff says:

    Venus:

    The new lights are also a traffic hazard as they reduce drivers’ night vision:

    https://www.ama-assn.org/ama-adopts-guidance-reduce-harm-high-intensity-street-lights

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