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

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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

Gas Leak Briefly Shuts Downtown Streets - Chicago Tribune

Food Trucks & Yoga Part Of ‘Positive Loitering’ At Loop’s Pritzker Park - DNA Chicago

Can You Say Ingrate? – Streetsblog Complains That New Upgraded Lakefront Bike Path Is Too Close To Lake Shore Drive - ChicagoStreetsblog

Caterpillar Snubs Chicago, Picks Deerfield For Global Headquarters - Chicago Sun-Times

Chicago Used-Car Data Startup Drivin Purchased For $43 Million - Chicago Tribune

This Self-Driving Robot From U. Of I. Could Shape The Future Of Farming - Chicago Tribune

U. of C. Orchestra Tracks Down 1929 Taxi Horn For Gershwin Concert - DNA Chicago

What’s Next For the Booming West Loop — City Leaders Host Workshop Saturday - DNA Chicago

High-Rise Hotel Project Near Chicago’s New McDonald’s HQ Seeks Zoning Change — Would Replace Surface Parking Lot - Curbed Chicago

Retirement Road Trips In, From Chicago - Chicago Daily Herald

Schaumburg Budgets For More Road Repairs Without Tax Increase - Chicago Daily Herald

Rolling Meadows To Opt Out Of Cook County’s Minimum Wage, Sick Leave Rules - Chicago Daily Herald

Cook County Commissioner Wants To Regulate Facebook - Chicagoist

Lawmakers Driving Proposal That Could Add New Tolls To Indiana Roads - CBS 4 Indianapolis

Good Samaritan Driver Rescues Lost Dog Wandering In Traffic — Uses Twitter To Try And Find Her Owner - DNA Chicago; Try Not To Fall In Love When You See The Pictures

Uptown Author Tells Stories Of Rescue Dogs With New Book Series - DNA Chicago

Rarely Seen Fish Caught On Lakefront - Chicago Sun-Times

Double The Otter Trouble: Twin Pups Born At Brookfield Zoo - Chicago Sun-Times

Help Make Labagh Woods An Avian Paradise At Bird-Themed Fundraiser Saturday - DNA Chicago

Here Are All The Outdoor Cleanups Happening On The NW Side This Earth Day - DNA Chicago

City Council Clown Show Still Trying To Make Political Hay From United Passenger Incident - DNA Chicago; From Modest Upbringing, Munoz Now CEO At Center Of United Storm - Chicago Sun-Times; Durbin Says Legislation Unlikely From United Fiasco - Crain’s Chicago Business; Airlines Must Improve Customer Service Or Face Government Action - The Hill; Jimmy Kimmel Boots Matt Damon From Spoof United Airlines Ad - Entertainment Weekly; Anger Over Passenger Dragging Has Business Flyers Taking On United, Airlines - Chicago Tribune; United Picks A Funny Time To Attract More Passengers - Bloomberg

City Revs Up O’Hare Hotel Plans - Crain’s Chicago Business

Chicago-Based Boeing Gives $1 Million To Trump Inauguration Committee - Chicago Tribune

Ex IL Congressman Aaron Schock Shouldn’t Get More Info About Informant In His Mileage Fraud Trial: Prosecutors - Chicago Sun-Times

Carjacker Shoots Man, 32, Near McKinley Park - DNA Chicago

Latest Scam Involved Crooks Posing As Stranded Drivers - DNA Chicago

Chiraq Report – Shootings Kill 3 People, Wound 12 Tuesday, Police Say - Chicago Sun-Times

Man Charged With DUI In Fatal Southwest Side Crash - Chicago Sun-Times

Fatal DUI Case Languishes In Cook County Court For More Than A Decade - Chicago Tribune

Lawsuit Seeks More Than $800K For 2 Struck By Truck In 2015 - Chicago Sun-Times

Logan Bars Raising Money For Bridgeport DJ Severely Hurt In Freak Car Accident - DNA Chicago

Slaying Outside CTA Red Line Station Leads To Murder Charge For 33-Year-Old Man - DNA Chicago

Wolf Road Closing In Orland Park For Metra Crossing Repairs - Chicago Sun-Times

The Railroad That Became The Illinois Prairie Path Bike Trail - Chainlink

Trump Promises Infrastructure Package ‘Coming Fast,’ But Democrats Say No Movement - New York Daily News; Opinion – Trump’s New ‘Buy American’ Executive Order Will Just Make Infrastructure More Expensive - Vox; What We Know About Trump’s ‘Buy American, Hire American’ Plan - Chicago Tribune; 2017 US Flight Cancellations Down From Previous Year - eTurboNews; Trump Expresses Support For Democratic Bill That Would Increase Federal Requirements To Use American-Made Products In Construction Projects - The Hill; House Panel To Hold Hearing On Airline Consumer Issues - The Hill

Where Does That Oil Come From - Gas Buddy

Exxon Asks Trump Administration For Waiver From Russia Sanctions - The Hill

Eco-Friendly Products And Cars - Gas Buddy

Demand For Electric Vehicles Bucks Low Gas Prices, Says New AAA Report - CNBC

4 Ways AI Is Helping You Drive Smarter - Venture Beat

Cloud Computing’s History Foretells The Future Of Automotive - Diginomica

97.5 Percent Of Volkswagen Diesel Owners Have Chosen Buyback, Not Repair - The Car Connection

Dangerous Takata Air Bag Inflators Are Being Installed In Used Cars - Chicago Tribune

Study Shows That People Have Concerns About Flying Cars For Some Reason - The Car Connection

Will Autonomous Driving Kill The Sports Car - Auto News

How Will Maintenance Change With The Autonomous Vehicle - readwrite

Driverless Cars Could Either Be Scary Or Great For The Environment - Northwest Public Television

Self-Driving Trucks Aren’t The Stuff Of Science Fiction Anymore - National Law Review

Ten Of The Fastest Cars In The World Today - National Motorists Association Blog

Most With Autism Steer Clear Of Driving - Disability Scoop

Car Seat Safety Should Be Travel Priority - Chicago Sun-Times

Is Texting And Driving So Common That It’s Now Acceptable — Some Americans Think So - Huffington Post

Uber, Lyft Drive Texas House To Debate Statewide Ride-Hailing Regulations - Dallas Morning News

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

  1. Jeff says:

    Alder-Nanny Burke Wants To Allow High Tech Snooping On Cell Phones After Collisions To Catch Texters – Chicago Sun-Times; How 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
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    Still some unresolved 4th amendment issues with this technology – S Ct ha made it clear that 4th amendment protects against cell phone searches

  2. Jeff says:

    Alder-Nanny Burke Wants To Allow High Tech Snooping On Cell Phones After Collisions To Catch Texters – Chicago Sun-Times; How 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
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    Legally speaking, there may may be no justification to allow a cell phone scan in the same way that police are allowed to use a breathalyzer:

    http://www.abajournal.com/magazine/article/newyork_distracted_driving_textalyzer_bill

  3. Jeff says:

    City Council Passes Rahm’s Streetlight Shell Game, With Still Unanswered Questions On Financing, Unresolved 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
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    Why is the city paying double here, especially for technology that has questionable safety implications? Better question is why we have a City Council at all if they can’t ask these questions and demand to know how it will be paid for?

  4. Jeff says:

    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
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    Sound like a misuse of the endangered species laws here – surprised the judge did not see right through that

  5. Jeff says:

    Can You Say Ingrate? – Streetsblog Complains That New Upgraded Lakefront Bike Path Is Too Close To Lake Shore Drive – ChicagoStreetsblog
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    Unbelievable how the most overly catered to minority — the 1 percent of those who bike to work in Chicago – demand everything and still want more.

  6. Jeff says:

    Good Samaritan Driver Rescues Lost Dog Wandering In Traffic — Uses Twitter To Try And Find Her Owner – DNA Chicago; Try Not To Fall In Love When You See The Pictures
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    Cheers for this driver – hope this dog finds her owner or finds a good home

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