Monthly Archives: August 2017

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Your transportation related headlines for Friday, August 18th, 2017

Metra Extends Service For Chicago Air And Water Show - Patch Chicago; CTA Increases Service For Air & Water Show - ABC 7 Chicago; If You Insist On Driving, WATCH FOR PARKING RESTRICTIONS, STREET CLOSURES, OR YOU MAY BE TOWED!

WOOF! MEOW! — PAWS Is At Capacity & Urgently Needs Foster Families For Dogs & Cats - Chicagoist

Eclipse Traffic Jams? States Have Been Working For Months To Avoid Them - Chicago Daily Herald; 10 Things You Need To Know About The Solar Eclipse While Being In Chicago - Chicago Now; Chasing Eclipses Across The Globe Is A Way Of Life For Some - ABC News; Lean Back And Watch The Eclipse From Your Volvo — Volvo Created Eclipse Viewers That Attach To The XC60′s Moonroof - Engadget; Is It Safe To Remove The Glasses? Solar Eclipse Eye Safety 101- Chicago Tribune; Can Taking Eclipse Photos Damage Your Smartphone - Chicago Tribune

Crackpot Campaign Against Historic Monuments Comes To Chicago - Chicago Sun-TimesChicago Sun-TimesChicago Tribune

Chinatown Beautification Tax Ripped By Opponents But Supporters Forge Ahead - DNA Chicago

Controversial Developer Who Bought Wilson Men’s Hotel Refuses To Discuss Relocation Plans, Residents Say - Chicagoist

2 More Depressing Statistics For Chicago-Area Homeowners - Crain’s Chicago Business

Vehicle Crashes Into Chicago Bulls Practice Facility Near United Center - NBC 5 Chicago

CTA Fails Miserably In Response To Tuesday’s Fatality On Red Line Tracks - Chicago Tribune

After 30 Years Of Cubs Night Games, CTA Decides Just Now To Launch A Program To Reduce Crowding On Game Nights - Chicago Tribune

CTA Has No Plans To Extend Green Line To Jackson Park For Obama Museum - Curbed Chicago

Man Shot On CTA Red Line Train At Jackson Stop, Police Searching For Gunman - Chicagoist

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Your transportation related headlines for Thursday, August 17th, 2017

Despite Fatally Flawed Analysis Of State-Level Data On Speeding, NTSB Final Report Pushes For Lower Speed Limits, Photo Radar; Demands That States Repeal Laws Restricting Camera Enforcement - The Newspaper

Overdoses On The Road: Drugged Driving Rises As A Menace - Los Angeles Times

Lake Street Bridge To Close Early Friday For Testing - Chicago Sun-Times

Lane Closures Scheduled For Monroe Starting Monday In Loop - Chicago Sun-Times

Uber Is Giving Out Refunds For Surge Pricing During Tuesday’s CTA Stoppage - DNA Chicago

Stamford, CT Officials Eye Legislation That Would Outlaw ‘Distracted Walking’ - CBS 2 New YorkShould Chicago Finally Face This Issue

Illinois Secretary Of State Jesse White Running For Re-Election - Chicago Sun-Times

Taxpayer Supported Car-Hater Lobbyists At Active Transportation Alliance Flubs Their Vision Zero/War On Cars Summit - Active Transportation Alliance

Will Rahm Rename Washington Park, Remove The Statue Of The Father Of Our Country, To Placate The Anti-History/Know-Nothing Crowd - The Hill; Will Chicago Be Next Battleground Of The Idiots’ Crusade For Mindless Destruction Of Historical Monuments - DNA ChicagoDNA ChicagoChicago Sun-TimesChicago Sun-TimesChicago TribuneChicago TribuneChicago NowCurbed Chicago; Alderman Says 100 Year Old Abraham Lincoln Bust In West Englewood Burned - Chicago Daily Herald; The Irony Of It All — While Local Morons Debate Whose Monument Should Be Removed, Chicago Just Recently Named A Street For A Convicted, Unrepentant Terrorist; NY Governor Asks Army To Reconsider Confederate Street Names After Charlottesville - The Hill; Dem To Introduce Bill Forcing Pentagon To Change Confederate Base, Street Names - The Hill

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Your transportation related headlines for Wednesday, August 16th, 2017

Lakefront Traffic Alert: Air And Water Show This Weekend – Watch For Street Closures, Parking Restrictions - CBS 2 Chicago

Distracted Driving Related Crashes Are Up In The US - CBS 4 Miami

Humboldt Park Drunken Driving Target Of Police Crackdown - DNA Chicago

Unelected, Sanctimonious Metropolitan Planning Council Plays The Race Card, When Neighbors Raise Issues Of Parking, Density - Chicago Tribune

New Illinois Law Allows Ambulances To Take Police Dogs For Emergency Treatments - Illinois News Network

Anti-Trump Protesters Block Loop Traffic - NBC 5 Chicago

Misinformed Anti-Racism Protesters Arrested For Blocking The Street Near Criminal Court Building - Chicago Tribune

37 Unit Transit Oriented Building Proposed For Bucktown - DNA Chicago

Logan Square TOD Developers Promise To Replace Historic Facade - DNA Chicago

Will Yet Another Overpriced TOD Replace A Historic Edgewater Building - Curbed Chicago

How Jefferson Park Alderman Greased The Wheels For CHA Housing Project That Residents Oppose - Nadig Newspapers; Outside Agitators Trying To Force Public Housing On Jefferson Park - Chicago Reader

CTA Will Re-Open Madison/Wabash Station 8/31, After 2 And A Half Years Of Loop Street Closures For Construction, And Extravagant Overspending On A Roof That Adds Zero Functionality To The $75 Million Project - Chicago Streetsblog; CTA, CDOT Also Cheer The Slow Motion Loop Link Bus Fiasco, And The Flagrant Abuse Of The Transit Oriented Development Ordinance, Which Allows Cheapskate Developers To Dump Their Parking Problems On Neighborhood Streets

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Your transportation related headlines for Tuesday, August 15th, 2017

National Safety Council: Motor Vehicle Deaths Dip Slightly In 2017 - Business Insider; But Illinois Deaths Climb - Chicago Tribune

77% Of Chicago Pedestrian Deaths This Year Occurred Mid-Block – Chicago StreetsblogIs It Time For Chicago To Finally Take Jaywalking Seriously

Chicago’s New Law On Trucker Side Guards - Chicago ReaderBut Safety Guards May Not Prevent Accidents Where Bikers Pull Out In Front Of Trucks

CTA Trains Halted After Man Jumps Into Path Of Train At Fullerton- Chicago Tribune; Uber, Lyft Implement Predatory Surge (‘Gouge’) Prices — Fare For Trip To Loop Soared To Over $100 - DNA ChicagoYou Can Thank Rahm For The Regulatory Handjob He Gave His Brother, Uber-Investor Ari Emanuel; City Spokesman Says (With A Straight Face) That Lyft, Uber Somehow ‘Took Advantage’ — By Following The Flawed Ride Share Rules That Rahm Wrote And The City Council Passed; Casual Divvy Use Doubles On Tuesday After Trains Stopped During The Morning - DNA Chicago; Uber & Lyft: We Tried To Get More Drivers On Road After Major Morning Commute Price Surge - Chicagoist

PC Runs Amok: Streetsblog Wants Balbo Drive Renamed, Monument To Aviator Removed - Twitter; Does This New Assault On History Mean That We Have To Remove Any Statues, And Rename Any Streets, Parks, Schools, And Neighborhoods That Are Named For Presidents Who Held Slaves (Washington, Jefferson, Madison, Monroe, Jackson, Van Buren, Harrison, Polk, Taylor And Grant)? Do We Have To Get Rid Of Lincoln Avenue, Lincoln Park, Lincoln Square, And Any Lincoln Statues, Based On His Views That Blacks Should Not Have The Same Rights As Whites?

How Can New Ideas Help Illinois Fix Its Rickety Bridges By 2050 - Chicago Tribune

Opinion: Build The Franklin St. Connector Between Day-Ryan, Lower Wacker - Chicago Now

New Jackson Park Golf Course May Have Many Hidden Costs For Road Closures, Bridges, Parking, Metra, And Pedestrian Underpasses - Chicago Sun-Times

Adler Planetarium Hosting Giant Block Party Next Monday For Solar Eclipse - Alder Planetarium

Opinion – If Illinois Wants 4,000 New Auto Jobs, Rauner Needs To Approve Tax Credit Plan - Chicago Tribune

WI Senator Says Illinois Should Share $3B Cost Of Foxconn Plant Since Illinois Workers Will Get Jobs Too - U.S. News & World Report

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Your transportation related headlines for Monday, August 14th, 2017.

History Channel Debuts Series On The Cars That Made America - History Channel

Chicago Is One Of The 15 US Cities With The Absolute Worst Traffic - Business Insider

Adams Street Bridge Closing Over The River Tuesday For Repairs - Chicago Sun-Times

Clark Street Bridge To Close Tuesday For Bike Lane Project - Chicago Sun-Times

Construction Nightmares? Depends On Your Route To Work - Chicago Daily Herald

Letter: Tollway Speeding Fines Could Settle State Debt - Chicago Daily Herald; Letter: No One Enforcing Speed Limit On I-90 - Chicago Daily Herald

The Illinois Department Of Transportation Is Offering To Donate The Historic Ford City Drive Bridge Over Pulaski Road Near The Ford City Mall - Chicago Tribune

Chicago: Pedestrian Death Surge Continues With 27 This Year, Data Shows - DNA Chicago

We Don’t Wanna Do Rahm’s Dirty Work: Streetsbloggers Oppose Using Bike Lanes To Give Uptown Homeless The Bum’s Rush - Chicago Streetsblog

Suit: Uber Driver Used App To Find Customer’s Home, Beat Him - Chicago Sun-Times

More Discipline Problems For Teen Suspect In Uber Driver Murder: Official - Chicago Tribune

Intersection Of Damen, Elston, Fullerton Avenues Reconstructed Into 3 Separate Intersections - ABC 7 Chicago

Streets In River North Should Be Tidier With Resumption Of A Weekend Street Cleaning Program - Loop North News

Eating Disorder Facility Gets Zoning Permit To Operate At 1 East Erie Despite Neighbors’ Traffic Concerns - Loop North News

Don’t Let Traffic Eclipse Once-In-A-Lifetime Opportunity - Chicago Daily Herald; Southern Illinois As Ready As It Can Be For Next Week’s Eclipse - Illinois News Network; ‘We Gotta See This’: Nothing Can Deter Some Suburbanites From Seeing Eclipse - Chicago Daily Herald; ECLIPSE ‘Biggest Driver Distraction Of The Century.’ Officials Brace For A Solar Eclipse Traffic Nightmare - TIME

Alleged Driver Of Car That Plowed Into Charlottesville Crowd Was A Nazi Sympathizer - Washington Post; Street Protests In Chicago - Chicago Tribune

SlutWalk Chicago Devolves Into Anti-Semitic Travesty - Chicagoist

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Your transportation related headlines for Friday, August 11th, 2017.

Traffic Alert: Evening Concerts At Wrigley Field Friday (Billy Joel) And Saturday (Florida Georgia Line) — Watch For Street Closures, Parking And Traffic Restrictions, Jacked Up Parking Meter Rates

Distracted Pedestrians Are On The Rise: What To Do About Them - Lytx

Lane Closures On Dan Ryan Bridge Over Chinatown Feeder On Saturday - Chicago Sun-Times

Madison To Close This Weekend In Loop As CTA Construction Continues - Chicago Sun-Times

DUI Crackdown Coming To Lincoln Square, Uptown, Andersonville Saturday - DNA Chicago

Mechanics, Dealers Still Don’t Have Deal After All-Day Talks - Chicago Daily Herald; Vote On Contract Saturday - Chicago Tribune

No Love For Parking Lot Tow Dudes - Chicago Tribune

Which Chicago Mega Development Needs To Happen The Most - Curbed Chicago

Letter: Give Chicago’s Southeast Side Community What It Deserves With South Works Site - Chicago Tribune

Park District, CDOT To Hold 8/23 And 8/24 Meetings, To Tell South Siders Why Obama Needs To Close Down The Roads They Drive To Get To Work For - Chicago Tribune

8/22 Meeting In Lincoln Square Will Discuss Transit Oriented Projects Dumping Their Parking Burdens On Neighborhoods - DNA Chicago

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Your transportation related headlines for Thursday, August 10th, 2017.

Traffic Alerts: Bears Versus Broncos At Soldier Field Thursday Night; Evening Concerts At Wrigley Field Friday (Billy Joel) And Saturday (Florida Georgia Line) — Watch For Street Closures, Parking And Traffic Restrictions, Jacked Up Parking Meter Rates

Editorial: Abolish The Cook County Soda Tax - Chicago Tribune; Time For Repeal - Chicago Tribune; State Rep. Urges Repeal - Illinois News Network; Illinois Could Lose $87 Million In Federal Food Stamp Funding Over Cook County Soda Tax - Chicago Tribune; County Board Will Vote On Repeal September 13 - CBS 2 ChicagoIllinois ReviewSuburban Chicagoland; Imagine What Will Happen, Once Soda Distributors Tell Their Drivers To Stop Bringing Taxed Beverages Into Cook County: ‘Oh, Sorry. Looks Like Youse Guys Are Only Gettin’ Yer Dasani And Fiji Waters Dis Week. Da Coke AndDa Resta Da Pop Musta Been Left Back Dere At Da Distributor. If Youse Soda Jerks Wants Yer Coke Or Pepsi, Youse Needs Ta Drive Out To DaJewel’s Dere In Napersville.’

Letter: For Chicago Drivers, Illegal Aliens Disappear After The Accident - Chicago Tribune; Letter: Why Should Chicago Shelter Criminal Illegal Aliens - Chicago Sun-Times

Wells Street Bridge To Close Early Friday In Loop - Chicago Sun-Times

Community Meeting Set On Downtown Edgebrook Traffic Issues - Nadig Newspapers

10th Ward To Vote On Infrastructure Spending - DNA Chicago

City’s Anti-Car Vision Zero Program Not Only Wages Tax Dollar Supported War On Cars And Drivers, It Gives Short Shrift To South, West Side - Chicago Streetsblog

Debbie Downer: Rachel Dratch Gets Chicago Parking Ticket Notice From 1997 - DNA Chicago

Drunken Drivers Targeted In The Gresham District Friday - DNA Chicago; Column: Sobriety Checkpoints Are A Necessary Hassle For Safer Roads - Chicago Tribune

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Your transportation related headlines for Wednesday, August 9th, 2017.

Kass: Chicago, Cook County Sanctuary City Policy Allowed Illegal Alien Hit-And-Run Drunk Driver To Walk Away After Deadly Crash - Chicago Tribune

Homeless Coalition Threatens Suit Over Lake Shore Drive Project, Displacement Of Sidewalk Homeless Encampments For Bike Lanes - Chicago Sun-Times

Ridge Avenue To Be Resurfaced From Devon To Fargo Starting Next Week - DNA Chicago

99th Street Railroad Crossing At Vincennes Avenue Closes For Repairs - DNA Chicago

Alderman, Local Businesses, And Residents Oppose Any Bike Lane Plan For Edgebrook That Would Remove Scarce Parking Spots Or Eliminate Driving Lanes - DNA Chicago

Meetings Set For To Discuss Whether Developers Can Dump Their Parking Problems On Neighborhood Streets, With Transit-Oriented Projects In Albany Park - DNA Chicago

Pair Of W. Loop Condo Buildings Will Have 28 Units Each, 2 Parking Spots Per Unit - Curbed Chicago

‘Uber For Moving’ Start-Up App, Truxx, Rolls Into Chicago - Chicago Sun-Times

Little Italy Neighbors Don’t Want CHA Project Being Shoved Down Their Throats As Part Of New Library - DNA Chicago

Did Picasso ‘Borrow From Himself’ For Daley Plaza Sculpture Design - Chicago Sun-Times; Why We Need The Picasso - Chicago Tribune

CTA’s Dishonest Test Of Lincoln Avenue Bus Was Shamelessly Rigged Shell-Game - Chicago Streetsblog

Meet, Support Homeless Dogs At Alarmist Taproom On Thursday - DNA Chicago

Country Star Brett Eldredge Promotes New Album — In A Lakeview Pothole - DNA Chicago

NorthHalsted Market Days This Weekend - Watch For Street Closures, Parking Restrictions

Retro On Roscoe Keeps Summer Festival This Weekend - DNA Chicago

Bud Billiken Parade This Saturday

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Your transportation related headlines for Tuesday, August 8th, 2017.

Car Haters Around The Nation Take The Law Into Their Own Hands, By Making Their Own Hazardous, Amateur Bike Lanes - The Spokesman-Review; Would The Same Principle Of Self-Righteous, So-Called Activism, Allow Drivers To Improve Traffic Flow By Taking A Spray Can And Eliminating Bike Lanes?

After Waging War On Cars In Wicker Park With Parking Bans And 20 MPH Speed Limits (Plus The Inevitable Speed Camera TBA), CDOT’s War on Cars Moves North To Avondale - DNA Chicago

If You’re Old Enough To Drive In Illinois, You’re Now Old Enough To Be An Organ And Tissue Donor - Chicago Tribune

No Deal Between Striking Mechanics, Auto Dealers After Talks Monday - Chicago Daily Herald

Emails Shed Light On Rahm’s O’Hare Tunnel Vision - Chicago Tribune

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Your transportation related headlines for Monday, August 7th, 2017.

Pyke: Chicago Transportation Questions Answered - Chicago Daily Herald

End Of The Line Coming For No. 11 Lincoln Bus, After CTA’s Phony, Rigged Test - Chicago Tribune

Illinois Preparing To Make Roads Safe For Solar Eclipse - Chicago Tribune

Illinois Truck Drivers Might Join Fight Against Human Sex Trafficking - Illinois News Network

An Essay On Jerk Drivers - Chicago Now

Streetsblog Pushing For Moronic Road Diet Plan On Elston, When That Stretch Is Already Choked With Traffic - Chicago Streetsblog

Clark St. Closed Tuesday Morning As Andersonville’s Swedish Flag Water Tower Is Going Back Up - DNA Chicago

Negotiations Resume Monday For Union Auto Mechanics, New Car Dealers - Chicago Sun-Times

Ford To Repair Chicago-Built Police SUVs With Carbon Monoxide Issues - Chicago Tribune

Amazon Means Yelp, And Chicago-Based Groupon And Grubhub Need Each Other - Crain’s Chicago Business

Letter – City Council Blowhards Grandstand On Driverless Car Issues - Crain’s Chicago Business

State Budget Deal May Cost Drivers At The Pump - Champaign News-Gazette