Monthly Archives: July 2017

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Your transportation related headlines for Monday, July 31st, 2017.

GRANT PARK/LOOP TRAFFIC ALERT: Lollapalooza Already Closing Streets Near Grant Park Ahead Of Aug. 3 Start - DNA Chicago; Jackson And Balbo Closed From Columbus To LSD; More Lollapalooza Closures On Columbus, Congress Will Start Monday 7/31 At 8 PM; For Those In The Know, Lower Wacker Driver Is Your Best Friend To Avoid This Mess

Take A Survey On The Future Of North Lakeshore Drive - Redefine The Drive; Letter: The City’s Plan To Fix Lake Shore Drive Is A Waste Of Money - Chicago Tribune

After Pushing For The Misery Of Traffic Cameras And Traffic Clogging Bike Lanes/Road Diets On The South/West Side, Streetsblog Thinks It Knows What’s Best For Minority Neighborhoods - Chicago Streetsblog

Wabash Reopens In Loop As CTA Station Construction Nears Completion - Chicago Sun-Times

Broadway Streetscape Work Begins In August - DNA Chicago

17 Party Bus Companies Shut Down After City Council-Ordered Crackdown - DNA Chicago

Now Distracted Motorcycle Riding Has Become A Real Thing - Chicago Daily Herald

Letter: Please Don’t Misuse Handicapped Parking Spaces - Chicago Daily Herald

A History Of Night Games At Wrigley Field, And Why Cubs Want More Of Them - DNA Chicago

Friends Of The Park Object To Lack Of Input On Obama Museum - CBS 2 Chicago

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

Judge Dismisses Suit Over Toni Taxwinkle’s Crooked Cook County Soda Tax - Chicago Tribune; Tax Starts Wednesday, But Appeal May Be Filed Soon - Chicago Daily Herald

Residents, Motorists Brace For Headaches As Lollapalooza Prep Starts - Chicago Sun-Times

Now We Know Why State Closed The Convenient North Side Emissions Testing Facility (Forcing City Drivers To Go To Remote Suburban Testing Centers) — Someone Wanted To Make A Fast Buck On N. Side Real Estate - Curbed Chicago

CDOT War On Cars Will Turn Milwaukee Avenue Into An Even Worse Traffic Nightmare This Summer, With A 20 MPH Speed Limit, Traffic Clogging Nonsense Pet Projects For Bikers - Chicago Streetsblog

City Crews Have Swept 116K Miles Of Streets This Year, Officials Say - DNA Chicago

Feds Approve Plan For Toll Lanes On Eisenhower Expressway - CBS 2 Chicago

Tollway Wants Higher I-90 Speeds, But Officials Warn Of Confusion - Chicago Daily Herald

Crime On The L, CTA Buses Is Up; 90% Of Serious Incidents Go Unsolved - Chicago Sun-TimesSame Problem On The 606

Cook County Officials Have Agreed To Pay $75,000 For Sidewalk Extensions Near Elementary School In Jefferson Park - DNA Chicago

Plans For Albany Park Church Adjusted For Traffic Concerns - Nadig Newspapers

Can Uptown Make Room For Recovering Addicts - Chicago Tribune

Halsted Rezoning Effort Delayed So Alderman Can Hear From Businesses - DNA Chicago

The War On Small Business: City Slaps Fines On Businesses For Putting Signs On Windows Without Permits - DNA Chicago

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

Ald. Ed Burke Makes Ill-Advised Dumb Joke About Chicago $39M Red Light Camera Settlement - DNA Chicago

Alderman Proposes Higher Fines For Gas Spill Regulations, More Inspections For Gas Stations - Chicago Sun-Times

Sunny Day, Hot Car? Alderman Wants To Make Sure ‘You Let The Dogs Out’ - Chicago Sun-Times

Ridge Blvd. Lane Closures Set For Next Month During Resurfacing Project - Chicago Sun-Times

Letter: Illinois Drivers And Bikers Have Their Own Unwritten Rules Of The Road - Chicago Tribune

‘We Don’t Feel Safe Anymore’: Crime On 606 Trail Rarely Solved, Investigation Shows - NBC 5 Chicago

Police Warn Of Armed Robberies Near Wicker Park Intersection - Chicagoist

OPINION: Chicago TIF Program Long Past Due For Reform - Crain’s Chicago Business

Chicago Deflates Plan To Fly Giant Pig Balloons In Front Of Trump Tower - Chicago Tribune

Wicker Park Fest On Milwaukee Avenue This Weekend - RedeyeTaste Of Lincoln Avenue In Lincoln ParkFiesta del Sol In Pilsel

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

GRANT PARK/LOOP TRAFFIC ALERT: Lollapalooza Already Closing Streets Near Grant Park Ahead Of Aug. 3 Start - DNA Chicago; Jackson And Balbo Closed From Columbus To LSD; More Lollapalooza Closures On Columbus, Congress Will Start Monday At 8 PM; For Those In The Know, Lower Wacker Driver Is Your Best Friend To Avoid This Mess

City Council Approves $39M Speed, Red-Light Camera Settlement - Chicago Sun-Times; Chicago Red Light Camera Settlement Deal Could Bring Plaintiffs’ Lawyers $11.5M - Cook County Record

NTSB Drinks The Speed Camera KoolAid - CBS NewsSpeed Cameras Don’t Prevent Speeding Or Accidents

New York Testing Out ‘Textalyzer’ To Bust Drivers For Texting While Driving - CNBCWill Chicago Be NextWill 4th Amendment Issues Bar Warrantless Search Of Cell Phones

Labor Leader James Sweeney Out At Tollway Board - Chicago Daily Herald

Rahm To Cubs: ‘Live With Consequences’ Of Booking Concerts Over Night Games - DNA Chicago

Lake County, IDOT Hit With $7.1 Million Judgment In Lawsuit Over Road Project - Chicago Tribune

The Zipper Merge On Illinois Roads - Chicago Tribune

Cab Repair Shop’s ‘Rethink The Pink’ Campaign Rips Ride-Hailing Services - DNA Chicago

Uber Driver Fired After Horrified Passenger Records Sex Act During His Ride - DNA Chicago

Streetsblog Offers Its Unsolicited, Uninformed Analysis Of How Much Parking Developers Should Build, Residents Will Want - Chicago Streetsblog

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

Aldermen Bash, Then Advance Emanuel’s $38.75 Million Red Light Ticket Settlement - Chicago Tribune; ‘Heads Should Roll’ Over Red-Light Ticket Settlement, Alderman Says - DNA Chicago

Chicago Is One Of The Worst Cities To Drive In — City Is Ranked Number 88 Out Of 100 U.S. Cities, Even Worse Than New York, Almost As Bad As LA - Wallet Hub

Streetsblog Whines About No Bike Lines At New Belmont/Western Intersection - Chicago Streetsblog; CDOT’s Latest Manufactured Traffic Jam Will Be Bad Enough Without Traffic-Clogging Bike Lanes

Lake Shore Drive Ramps To Stevenson Expy. Are FINALLY Opening - DNA Chicago

Logan Street Back To One-Way As Ald. Ramirez-Rosa Bows To Pressure - DNA Chicago; Speed Bumps Will Be Added To Address Safety Issues

Touhy Avenue Water Main Replacement Nightmares: ‘End Is Near’ - DNA Chicago

Sauganash Sewer Work To Squeeze Traffic On Peterson, Hiawatha Until Fall - DNA Chicago

City Trucks Must Install Guards To Protect Bicyclists, Pedestrians: Alds. - DNA Chicago

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

Lollapalooza Street Closure On Balbo Begins, From Columbus To LSD - Chicago Office Of Emergency Management; More Closures To Follow In Advance Of Lollapalooza August 3-6; The City Should Move The Taste Of Chicago Somewhere Else

Chicago $38M Red Light Camera Settlement On Table; Deal Won’t End Risk To City, Taxpayers, Other Litigants Say - Cook County Record

$28 Million Western Avenue Project Done - DNA Chicago; Now Chicago Has To Live With Another CDOT-Designed Clusterf*ck Intersection, Instead Of The Traffic Avoiding Bridge They Should Have Just Rebuilt For $40 Million

Get Ready For CDOT’s Anticipated ‘Head Up The Ass’ Plan For What To Do With Cornell Drive Commuter Traffic, To Be Displaced For Obama Museum Sledding Hill - DNA Chicago; Obama’s Golf Course Next to His Museum Is An Elite Perk, Waste Of Millions - Chicago Daily Herald

AAA: Increasingly Volatile Gas Market has Potential to Top Year’s Recorded High

Illinois Gas Prices Likely To Rise After State Budget Strips Tax Exemption On Ethanol - Illinois News Network

In Transit: How Illinois Tollway Travel Times Are Calculated - Chicago Daily Herald

Free ‘L’ And Uber Rides After Cubs, Sox Games For Crosstown Classic - DNA Chicago

There’s Just No End To Ricketts’ Demands On Wrigleyville Neighborhood – Now They Want 11 More Night Games And Street Closures, For 50 Plus Nights A Year - Chicago Sun-Times

AFSCME Pressuring Cook County Commissioners To Raise Parking Taxes - Illinois Policy Institute

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

EDITORIAL — Another Black Eye For Chicago’s Red Light Cameras: Drivers Get Millions - Chicago Tribune

EDITORIAL — Chicago’s Parking Scam From Hell - Chicago Tribune

DUI Crackdown Coming To The South Side This Weekend - DNA Chicago; DUI Crackdown Coming To Northwest Side This Weekend - DNA Chicago

Two Years In, Illinois Happy Hour Hasn’t Delivered On Its Revenue Promises - Chicago Tribune

Taking The Test: Written Driver’s Exam Instills Fear In Autos Editor - Chicago Tribune; Road Sign Shapes Signify Level of Danger - The News Wheel

Editorial: North Lake Shore Drive — Congested, Worn And Primed For A Rebuild - Chicago Tribune

Friends Of The Park Trashes Obama Museum/Tiger Woods Golf Course Plans To Shut Down S. Side Commuter Routes On Cornell And Marquette, Without Explaining Where All The Commuter Traffic Will Go - Crain’s Chicago Business

Ramp From Dan Ryan To Stevenson To Close Saturday Morning - Chicago Sun-Times

Letter: Tollway Just Another Part Of The Illinois Government Ripoff Machine - Chicago Tribune

Rogers Park Sewer Line Replacement May Leave Road Unsurfaced Until Spring - DNA Chicago

Bike Taxes May Spread Across The Country - Washington PostWill Revenue-Grabby Chicago Be Next

Ald. Maldanado (26th) Got Into Confrontation With Police, After Officers Wouldn’t Let Him Drive Through A Crime Scene - DNA Chicago

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Your transportation related headlines for Thursday, July 20th, 2017.

CITY TO PAY $38.75 MILLION TO SETTLE RED-LIGHT, SPEED CAMERA LAWSUIT - DNA CHICAGOCHICAGO-SUN-TIMESCHICAGO TRIBUNECHICAGOISTCHICAGO DAILY HERALD

Hypocrisy Alert: Streetsblog, Car Hater Crowd Want City’s Vision Zero War On Cars To Include More Ticketing Of Drivers - Chicago ReaderMeanwhile The Same Group Of Low Information Loudmouths Wants Zero Enforcement For Scofflaw BikersEven Though Latest Evidence Shows The Menace Of Bikers On Crowded City Streets

Active Transportation Alliance, And The Traffic Clogging Bike Lanes, Dangerous Wrong Way Bike Lanes That It Lobbied For With Your Tax Dollars - Active Transportation Alliance

Protect Your Car; Take Your Keys - Chicago Daily Herald

Rahm Taps O’Hare Express Train Adviser To Be New Right-Hand Man - DNA Chicago

The Dilemma When Uber Or Lyft Outcompetes Public Transit - Crain’s Chicago Business

Howard Street Improvement Plan Teams Up Chicago, Evanston - DNA Chicago

Chinatown Group Gets $40,000 To Make Area More Pedestrian Friendly - DNA Chicago

Chicago Plan Commission Votes To Loosen North Branch Zoning Restrictions - Curbed Chicago

LGBT Housing Project In Logan Square Will Have 88 Affordable Housing Apartments, 18 Parking Spaces - DNA Chicago

West Ridge Library, Senior Housing Gets OK With 44 Parking Spaces From Plan Commission - DNA Chicago

Norwood Park Storage Warehouse With Drive Thru Loading Dock Approved By Influential Committee - DNA Chicago

These Are Chicago’s Hottest Neighborhoods - Crain’s Chicago Business

Youth Rally Blocks The 606 To Keep Anti-Gentrification Ordinance On Track - DNA Chicago

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Breaking News!Compiled by Otto Mobile.

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

Chicago Taxi Drivers Protest Medallion Foreclosures As Ride-Sharing Booms - Chicago Tribune

OPINION Chicago Could Be Capital Of Driverless Tech — If Politicians Stop Interfering - Crain’s Chicago Business; Illinois Still Without A Law Regulating Driverless Vehicles - Illinois News Network

Parking Concerns Prompt Neighbors’ Objection To Conversion Of Wicker Park Church To 28 Apartments - DNA Chicago

Buena Park Neighbors Vote To Allow Communist, Anti-Israel, Anti-Semitic Book Publisher To Open An Office In A Residential Area, Despite Scarce Local Parking Concerns - Chicago Reader; Note: This Rather Spooky, Forbidding-Looking Building Used To Be A Day Care Center, Prompting Some To Wonder Whether This Was Where Rosemary’s Baby Went To Pre-School

WOOF! PAWS Is Hosting An Adorable Beach Party For Dogs At North Avenue Beach — With A Dog Spa - DNA Chicago

Naperville To Study Downtown Parking This Weekend - Chicago Daily Herald

Schaumburg Recommends Regulating Large Hauling Trailers - Chicago Daily Herald

Suburban Fests This Weekend Feature Food Trucks, And A Truck Pull Event - Chicago Daily Herald

Months After Resigning, Ex-Top Cop Of SW Suburban Hometown Was Quietly Charged With Pocketing Towing Fees - Chicago Tribune

Police: 24 Pounds Of Marijuana Found In Missing Girl’s Car In Indiana - Chicago Sun-Times

Four Charged In Vernon Hills Car Burglaries - Chicago Daily Herald

Police Seek Suspects In Several Violent Robberies, Car Thefts In Hammond - WGN 9 Chicago

Suspect In Custody After North Elgin Incident That Closed Streets, Required Tactical Vehicles - Chicago Tribune

Woman, 18, Shot During McKinley Park Traffic Dispute - Chicago Sun-Times

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

Editorial: Prosecutor Can’t Create Drug Squad To Seize Cash From Innocent Drivers, Illinois Supreme Court Rules - Forbes; Meanwhile Jeff Sessions Wants Police To Take More Cash From American Citizens - Washington Post; High Court In Washington State Says Police Cannot Take Cars And Cash From Motorists Without Specific Evidence Of A Drug Crime - The Newspaper

Surveillance Cameras Used To Discourage Chicago Motorists From Speeding And Running Red Lights Also Will Be Put To Work To Deter ‘Nuisance Crimes’ Like Graffiti And Fly Dumping - Chicago Sun-Times

Dealerships, Rental Agencies Would Need To Lock Up Car Keys Under Stalled City Plan - DNA Chicago

Food Trucks To Pay $200 Fee To Set Up Shop At O’Hare Lots - Chicago Sun-Times

Chicago Based Parking App Spothero Raises $30 Million - Crain’s Chicago Business

Lyft Shuttle, Which Offers Rides Along A Fixed Route, Growing In Chicago - DNA Chicago

Lincoln Avenue Resurfacing Is Coming Very Soon In Lincoln Square - DNA Chicago