Monthly Archives: September 2017

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Your transportation related headlines for Friday, September 22nd, 2017

1st Fall ‘Boat Run’ Bridge Lift Planned For Saturday On Chicago River - Chicago Sun-Times

Prepare For Traffic Headaches On Sunday With Bears-Steelers And Chicago Half Marathon - Chicago Tribune

DUI Crackdowns On S. SideS.E. Side This Weekend

IDOT Approves Red Light Cameras For Already Safe Intersections - Chicago Tribune

Lincoln Towing Hauls Author’s Car Away From Her Book Launch Party - DNA Chicago

Editorial: Take Highway Work-Zone Safety Seriously - Chicago Daily Herald

Rail Safety Week To See Enforcement, Education Efforts By Police - Chicago Daily Herald

Illinois State Rep. Dan Brady Wants To Hike Gas Taxes - Illinois Policy Institute; Editorial: Gas Tax May Be Pure Pork - Chicago Tribune

New Illinois Auto, New Forfeiture Rules Welcome - Champaign News-Gazette

Citing ‘Racism,’ Petition Says City Shouldn’t Use Police To Enforce New Traffic Safety Plan - ChicagoistSlow Roll ChicagoChange.org; City Tries To Sell Its Anti-Car Vision Zero Program On The West Side - Chicago Reader

Voodoo Traffic Engineering – Active Transportation Alliance Blames Highway Improvement For Job Losses - Chicago Reporter

Make Obama Center Put Its Promises In Writing, Activists Urge City - DNA ChicagoChicago Sun-Times; Jackson Park Golf Course and Obama Center Meetings Both Set For Monday - DNA Chicago

Future Looks Bleak For Cabbies As Rides Dip 41 Percent: ‘The Worst It’s Ever Been’ - DNA Chicago; Suffering Taxi Industry Finds Hope In City’s Cab-Hailing Apps - DNA Chicago

Protesters Erect Tent In Uptown Alderman’s Yard To Blast Displacement Of The Homeless - Chicagoist; Homelessness Is Preventable — If Chicago Invests In The Right Programs - Chicago Tribune

Jefferson Park Car Cater Club Planning To Stack The Vote On Ward Infrastructure - Nadig Newspapers

Susana Mendoza Might Have Just Won Her Next Election, After Confronting Notorious Driver John ‘Quarters’ Boyle In Wild Hit And Run Incident - Chicago Reader

If You’re Late Paying Those Higher Auto Premiums, Allstate Now Will Ding You - Crain’s Chicago Business

Couple Who Launched Nonprofit To Cover Hospital Parking Extend Program To Prentice Women’s Hospital - Chicago Tribune

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Your transportation related headlines for Wednesday, September 20th, 2017

[Otto Mobile Will Be Taking The Day Off Thursday, September 21, 2017, And Returning With The Next ‘Driver’s Side’ Column On Friday, September 22, 2017.]

Several Downtown Bridges Closing This Week For Testing - Chicago Sun-Times

Chicago Half Marathon Brings LSD/Street Closures, Parking Restrictions To South Side Sunday

Gov. Rauner Urges Cuts, Not Tax Increases, To Fund Construction Projects - Illinois News Network

Why Flood-Damaged Cars Are More Dangerous Than You Think, Even In Chicago - Market Watch

Uptown’s Tent City Homeless Face ‘Disarray,’ Uncertainty After Eviction From LSD Viaducts - DNA Chicago; Homeless Near Uptown Viaducts On The Move Again - Chicago Sun-Times; What Uptown Tent Cities Were Moved For - Chicago Tribune

Gov. Rauner Signs Changes To Illinois’ Asset Forfeiture Law, Limiting Ability Of Prosecutors To Seize Cars And Other Assets - Illinois News Network

Rep. Gutierrez Arrested In NY For Blocking Traffic During Trump Tower Protest - Washington Post

Illinois Medical District To Get Largest Ambulance Garage In Cook County - Crain’s Chicago Business

New Residence Hall And Academic Center On UIC Campus Will Replace Surface Parking - Curbed Chicago

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Your transportation related headlines for Tuesday, September 19th, 2017

Chicago On Pace To Surpass 800 Carjacking Incidents This Year — More Than Double The Number In 2014 And 2015 Combined - CBS 2 Chicago

Recent Death Of Motorcyclist Raises Concerns About Dangerous Motorcycle Riders On The Kennedy Expressway - Nadig Newspapers

Illinois Looking At Gas Tax Increase - Illinois News Network

Taxpayer Supported Active Transportation Alliance Teaches Car Haters How To Misdirect Even More Taxpayer Funds For Anti-Car/Anti-Driver Pet Projects - Active Transportation Alliance

Brown: Uptown’s Homeless Fold Their Tents Under LSD Viaducts, City Covers Its Eyes - Chicago Sun-Times; Chicago Exploring Pilot ‘Tiny Houses’ Project To Help Homeless - Chicago Sun-Times

Will Obama’s Jackson Park Mega Land Grab Include His Final Resting Spot - Chicago Sun-Times

Little Italy Neighbors Object To New City Library/Public Housing Project, Over Traffic And Parking Issues; Their Objections Are Joined By Objections From Local ABLA Public Housing Residents,? Who Aren’t Happy With City’s Stonewalling Either - DNA Chicago

West Town Project To Have 15 Apartments, 9 Parking Spaces - DNA Chicago

Huge Megamall Replacement Project Shrinks As XSport Fitness Drops Out - DNA Chicago

Why Chicago Shouldn’t Want Amazon’s Second Headquarters – Opinion - Crain’s Chicago Business; The Amazon HQ2 Deal Could Sell Chicagoans Down The River - Chicago Reader; Illinois State Economic Development Agency Says Chicago Is Top Competitor - Crain’s Chicago Business; With Amazon In, Online Grocery Shopping Taking Off In Chicago - Chicago Daily Herald; Oak Brook To Bid For Amazon Headquarters At McDonald’s Site -Chicago Tribune; Gary Leaders Making ‘Far-Fetched’ Pitch For Amazon Expansion - Chicago Tribune; Will Amazon Set Up Shop In The Brooklyn Bubble - Bloomberg; Will Chicago’s Weather Be A Plus For Amazon - Chicago Sun-Times; How Pundits Handicap The Amazon Race - Crain’s Chicago Business; Kohl’s To Start Accepting Amazon Returns At Some Stores In Chicago, LA - Chicago Tribune

Chicago Startup Is Trying To Disrupt The Consumer Auto-Insurance Business - Crain’s Chicago Business

Riot Fest Still Causing Problems With Neighborhood Traffic, Parking - DNA Chicago

Taft Food Truck Fest In Norwood Park Aims To Lure Parents, Neighbors Thursday - DNA Chicago

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Your transportation related headlines for Monday, September 18th, 2017

Are Illinois Legislative Leaders Discussing More Tax Increases To Pay For Road Construction Plan - Illinois News Network; What Happened To The Money Protected By The Lockbox Amendment; Lawmakers Catch An Earful On State Budget From Constituents - Illinois News Network; Is Wave Of Lawmaker Retirements An Argument For Term Limits - Illinois News Network; Illinois Is Taxed To Death - Chicago Sun-Times

Are Illinoisans Paying Higher Insurance Rates For Sins Of Other States’ Drivers - Crain’s Chicago Business

Calling All Distracted Illinois Drivers: Hands Off That Phone - Chicago Tribune

After Uptown Viaducts Cleared, Homeless Set Up Tents Along Wilson Ave. - DNA Chicago; BROWN: Homeless Relocate Their Tents And Wait For City’s Next Move - Chicago Sun-Times; Advocates Withdraw Bid To Stop The Uptown Viaduct Bike Lane Construction, Which Lying P.O.S. Rahm Used As Flimsy/Transparent Pretext For The Ejection Of Tent City - Chicago TribuneWhile Rahm Gives Homeless The Boot, Luxury High Rise A Few Blocks Away Gets Rahm Bucks From Corrupt TIF Program; Chicago’s Homeless Need Housing, Not Handouts - Chicago Tribune

Jefferson Park Residents Strike Back Against Car Hating Cranks; Neighbors Thwart Their Unlawful Protest/Blockade Of Public Parking Spots, Post Signs Warning Local Alderman Arena About Adopting The Anti-Car Agenda - DNA Chicago; Jefferson Park Residents Pleased With Area’s Transportation, Housing Options But Want More Retail - Nadig Newspapers

Kass: Comptroller Mendoza Confronts Chicago Tough Guy John ‘Quarters’ Boyle (Infamously For Stealing Millions In Quarters From The Illinois Tollway) Leaving Crash Scene With 2 Magic Words: Say Cheese! - Chicago Tribune

Four-Year Deal Ends Chicago-Area Auto Mechanics Strike - Chicago Sun-Times

Can A Neighborhood Grocery Store Make It With Zero Parking Spaces - Chicago Streetsblog

Obama Won’t Make Any Written Promises For His Ego-torium On Public Land Jackson Park - Chicago Sun-Times

Chicago Amazon Headquarters Bid Requires A United Front – Opinion - Crain’s Chicago Business; Deputy Gov. Munger Is State’s Point Person Luring Amazon Here - Chicago Sun-Times; Rauner, Rahm Sending Team To Amazon’s Seattle HQ — To Look, Not Talk - Chicago Sun-TimesDNA Chicago; EDITORIAL: Chicago, Its People, Its Ideals — And Why Amazon Must Come - Chicago Sun-Times; Rauner Is Helping St. Louis Win Amazon, Too - Crain’s Chicago Business; For Chicago Warehouse Owners, Amazon Effect Is Already Big - Chicago Tribune; Will Amazon Break Chicago’s Heart - Chicago Tribune; Crime And Taxes Will Kill Amazon Bid For Chicago – - Chicago Sun-Times

The Most Detailed Look Yet At The Redevelopment Of The Old Chicago Post Office Astride Congress Parkway; Project Includes A Landscaped RiverwalkComplete With Food Truck Parking And A Water Taxi Stop - Curbed Chicago

New Name And Transit Plan Revealed For Riverside-Tribune Redevelopment Site - Curbed Chicago

10 Story Condo Project Proposed For Site Of River North Parking Lot - Crain’s Chicago Business

Illinois Auto Insurers Allstate, State Farm Dealing With Hurricane Related Auto Claims - Chicago Tribune

Lisle-Based Navistar CEO Sees Role For Drivers With Self-Driving Trucks - Springfield News-Sun

Rapping Duo Gets A Boost From Lyft - DNA Chicago

This Chicago Uber And Lyft Driver, Sets His Own Hours - Chicago Reader

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Your transportation related headlines for Friday, September 15th, 2017

Lane, Ramp Closings To Affect Inbound Eisenhower Friday Night - Chicago Sun-Times

Judge Rules That Homeless Living In Uptown LSD Viaduct Tent City Must Move - Chicago Tribune

Car Hating Crackpots Stage Moronic Protest Against Parking Spaces In Jefferson Park - Chicago Streetsblog

Traffic Choking Bike Lanes Arriving In Jefferson Park - DNA Chicago

How Dangerous Are Drivers Near Your Child’s School - Zendrive; Cook County Is Bottom Of The List In Illinois

Bicyclist Sues Uber After Passenger Hits Her With Door In Lake View - Chicago Sun-Times

Illinois Rep., House Majority Leader Barbra Flynn Currie, Who Pushed Rahm’s Speed Camera Shakedown Through The General Assembly, Will Retire - Chicago Tribune

Judge Allows Election Shenanigans Lawsuit Against Madigan, Filed By Former Illinois House Candidate Who Pushed To Ban Traffic Cameras In Illinois - Illinois Policy Institute

Illinois AG Lisa Madigan, Who Defended The Tollway’s Outrageous 87% Rate Hike, Will Not Seek Reelection - Illinois News Network

Illinois State Police Using Speed Camera Vans In Construction Zones - Belleville News-Democrat

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Your transportation related headlines for Thursday, September 14th, 2017

You Can Now Schedule A Ride On Fixed-Route Lyft Shuttles 7 Days In Advance - DNA Chicago

Chicago Motorbike Patrolman Killed in 1914 Accident Will Finally Be Honored At Memorial Wall - Chicago Sun-Times

An Aerial View Of CDOT’s Mis-Engineered Traffic Choke Point In Wicker Park - Chicago Streetsblog; CDOT Slip Lane Removals Make It An Even More Dangerous Intersection; Displace Scarce Parking Spots And Loading Zones For Local Businesses - DNA Chicago

Activists Camp Out For Spot To Voice Concern Over Obama Center - Chicago Sun -Times; Obama Will Try To Sell The Neighborhood On Why He Needs To Shut Down Their Streets For A Sledding Hill - DNA Chicago

Could Chicago To Pittsburgh Route Be In The Future For Hyperloop Transportation - PR Newswire

RTA Head Kirk Dillard Says Transportation Will Lure Amazon Here - Chicago Sun-Times; Will Illinois, Chicago Anti-Business Policies Kill Any Chance To Lure Amazon Here - Illinois News Network; What Chicago Site Might Win Amazon Sweepstakes? Here Are 6 - Chicago Sun-Times; Luring Amazon To Chicago Will Include A Full-Court Press From Rahm Emanuel - DNA ChicagoChicago Sun-TimesChicago Tribune; What Would Amazon Do To Chicago’s Housing Market - Crain’s Chicago Business; Local Start Up Goes Up Against Amazon - Crain’s Chicago Business; Big Cities Aren’t Better in Amazon’s Contest - Bloomberg

Chicago Architecture Biennial To Return With Trib Tower Redesigns, More Starting This Weekend - DNA Chicago

Edgewater TOD Will Have Even Fewer Parking Spaces - DNA Chicago

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Your transportation related headlines for Wednesday, September 13th, 2017

Active Transportation Alliance Director Cites Discredited Junk Science Theory Of Induced Demand, To Prove That Widening Roads Causes Chicago Traffic Congestion - Chicago Sun-Times; Just 2 Weeks Ago, Active Transportation Alliance Said — Also With No Scientific Evidence — That Uber Is The Cause Of Chicago Traffic Congestion – So Which Of These Twin Traffic Tall Tales Are They Going To Stick With?

Northwest Side Bridge Dedicated To Fallen Marine - CBS 2 Chicago

Suburban Crestwood Cops To Pack Trucks With Relief Supplies For Hurricane - Patch Crestwood

New Chicago ID Will Let Felons, Illegal Aliens Ride The CTA - DNA Chicago

Metra Proposes Fare Hikes Up To 20 Percent, Weekend Service Cuts - Chicago Daily Herald

Developer Woos Amazon HQ With Renamed Finkl Steel Site — Lincoln Yards - DNA Chicago; Whatever It Costs To Land Amazon’s HQ, Chicago Should Pay It - Crain’s Chicago Business; Who Will Lead Chicago’s Amazon Charm Offensive - Crain’s Chicago Business; Rauner Lobbies For 2nd Amazon HQ During Overseas Trip To China, Japan - WBEZ 91.5 FM Chicago; Rauner, Rahm Joining Forces In Seeking Fulfillment Through Amazon - Chicago Sun-Times; Is Chicago Weather An Advantage - Chicago Tribune; Does Boston Have Inside Track Over Chicago - Crain’s Chicago Business

Controversial Developers’ Uptown Transit Oriented Project Approved, But Businesses In Dark - DNA Chicago

United Van Lines: Chicago Tops List of Cities Residents Are Moving From: Report - NBC 5 Chicago

Trucking Industry, Lisle-Based Navistar Back U.S. Self-Driving Legislation - Business Insider

Air Force Awards $600M Contract For Initial Air Force One Design To Chicago-Based Boeing - The Hill; Boeing Bets On 787 Dreamliner, Increasing Output 17 Percent - Chicago Tribune

Deer Sightings Are On The Rise In Aurora, Causing Wrecks As Drivers Swerve - Chicago Tribune

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Your transportation related headlines for Tuesday, September 12th, 2017

CDOT’s Latest Attempt To Choke Off Car Traffic In Wicker Park - Chicago Streetsblog

Vision Zero Car Hater Kool-Aid Is A Tough Sell In Minority Neighborhoods - Chicago Streetsblog

Filming Of ‘The Chi’ To Close West Loop Streets Thursday - Chicago Sun-Times

Mechanics Union Rejects Latest Offer, Auto Dealership Strike Will Continue - Chicago Tribune

Volkswagen Seeks To Dismiss Illinois Lawsuit Over Diesel Scandal, Cites Wyoming Ruling - Chicago Tribune

Speedway Gas Stations Hit With Lawsuit For Allegedly Violating Illinois’ Biometric Privacy Law - Illinois Policy Institute

Ald. Hopkins No Longer Tormented By Ambulance Sirens After Moving — Will Still Pursue The Issue - Chicago Tribune

Uptown Activists Seek More Affordable Units In New Transit Oriented Development - Crain’s Chicago Business

City’s Zoning Committee Approves Parking Lite Library/CHA Project In Irving Park - DNA Chicago

Ald. Arena Makes Phony Racism Charges In Controversy Over Subsidized Housing Project - Nadig Newspapers

White Castle To Open New South Loop Restaurant With Drive-Thru On Thursday - DNA Chicago

Chicago’s New Apple Store On Michigan Avenue Will Open In October - Curbed Chicago

Ravenswood’s Colorful ‘Happy Garage’ Art Installation Vandalized - CBS 2 Chicago

Shouldn’t Chicago CEOs Get Behind A Push To Bring Amazon’s HQ To The City - Chicago Tribune

West Loop Art Fest This Weekend

These City-Employed Goats Eat Their Way Through Overgrowth At O’Hare - DNA Chicago

Opposition Mounting To High Priced, 16-Story Transit Oriented Tower In Evanston - Patch Evanston

Schaumburg Residents Weigh In On New Land-Use Plan, Additional Parking Near Transportation Center - Chicago Daily Herald

Loyola Academy Renovation Plan Advances To Wilmette Village Board, After Traffic/Parking Issues Addressed - Chicago Tribune

East Dundee Amends Incentive Agreement With Auto Dealer - Chicago Daily Herald

Naperville 2017 Riverwalk Fine Art Fair This Weekend

Darth Preckwinkle’s Sugar Tax Snares Non-Sugary Products - Chicago Daily Herald; Toni Taxwinkle Should Take A History Lesson On Over Taxation - Chicago Daily Herald; The Soda Tax Ruse - Chicago Daily Herald; Soda Tax Has Nothing To Do With Public Health - Chicago Daily Herald; Cartoon: Tax Preckwinkle’s Bullsh*t Instead - Illinois Policy Institute; Don’t Let New York Billionaire Influence Soda Tax Revote - Illinois News Network; Who Does Michael Bloomberg Think He Is - Chicago Tribune; EDITORIAL: Preckwinkle’s Got Bloomberg, But You’ve Got That Pop Tax - Chicago Sun-Times; Opponents To Rally Against Cook County Soda Tax - Chicago Sun-Times; Sun-Times Finds Two Morons (Probably A Pair Of PreckwinklePayroll Parasites) Who Support Toni’s Tax Grab - Chicago Sun-Times; At Forum In Northlake, Little Support For Cook County Beverage Tax - Chicago Tribune; Cook County Soda Tax Repeal Vote Could Be Delayed - Chicago Daily Herald; A Beverage Tax Quiz - Chicago Daily Herald

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Your transportation related headlines for Monday, September 11th, 2017

16 Years Ago Today, Hundreds Of Chicago Firefighters Got On The Road And Drove Straight To New York On September 11 To Volunteer At The World Trade Center - Deseret News

After Insisting That They Needed A Friday Night Game At Wrigley (Despite The Neighborhood Traffic Nightmare), Cubs Get Swept By Brewers In Weekend Series - Chicago Sun-Times

Blogger Rips Chicago Transit Before Moving To New York - Huffington Post; Streetsblog Responds With Its Usual Gutter-Level Character Assassination Hit Piece, Masquerading As Responsible Journalism - Chicago Streetsblog

City, Alderman Host ‘Service Fair’ At Uptown’s Tent City - DNA Chicago; Tent City Advocates Seek Emergency Order To Stop Viaduct Rehab - DNA Chicago

EDITORIAL: Ride Hailing Works Better With ‘Surge’ Pricing - Chicago Sun-Times

How Ride Share Changes Things For Black Riders - Chicago Sun-Times

Tesla Adding Downtown Chicago Charging Stations - Chicago Tribune

Most Chicago Cops Pay Small Price For Boozing, Drug Use - Chicago Sun-Times

Column: The Growth Of Chicago’s Super Loop: So Much Building, So Little Architecture/Badly Designed Parking Garages - Chicago Tribune

Chicago Can Land Amazon’s Second HQ, But It Won’t Be Easy, Experts Say - Chicago Tribune; Is Rahm A Deal Breaker - Chicago Sun-Times; Will Chicago, Other Cities Go Nuts To Lure Amazon HQ - Brookings Institution; What Amazon’s HQ2 Wish List Signals About the Future of Cities - Harvard Business Review

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Your transportation related headlines for Friday, September 8th, 2017

DUI Crackdown Coming To The Southwest Side This Weekend - DNA Chicago

State, Federal Lawmakers Pave The Way For Self-Driving Cars In Illinois - Illinois Policy Institute

Illinois’ First Fracking Well To Be Drilled By End Of Year - Illinois News Network

Mechanics Union Accuses Dealership Group Of Labor Law Violation As Strike Continues - Chicago Tribune

Kass: Subway Story True Urban Nightmare, One The City Didn’t See Fit To Tell - Chicago Tribune; Editorial: CTA Coverup: A Man Was Pushed Onto The CTA Tracks, And The City Didn’t Alert The Public. Why Not - Chicago Tribune

Goofball Balbo Monument/Balbo Drive Protesters Have Their Facts Wrong - Chicago Sun-Times

Allstate Brings Distracted Driving Simulator To Harold Washington College - Facebook

Chicago Architecture Foundation Is Getting A New Riverfront Center - Chicagoist

This Is The Real Leadership Challenge At Chicago-Based United Airlines - Crain’s Chicago Business

How CDOT Is Lavishing Projects On Bikers, And Screwing Over All Other Road Users In Wicker Park: 2 Bus Stops Removed On Friday To Make More Room For Bikes in Wicker Park - DNA Chicago; Car Turn Lane Removed For Bike Lane - Chicago Streetsblog

Hipster Highway Housing Boom Continues - Crain’s Chicago Business