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

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Your transportation related headlines for Tuesday, October 10th, 2017


Great Chicago Fire Killed 300, Caused Major Damage 146 Years Ago - DNA Chicago; 5 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About the Great Chicago Fire - DNA Chicago

How Brazil Out-Chicagoed Chicago To Rig The Olympic Bidding - Chicago Tribune

Pyke: Questions Persist On Tollway’s No-Transponder Fee - Chicago Daily Herald

Lincoln Towing Refunds Author Who Had Car Towed Away From Her Book Party - DNA Chicago

Expert: Ribbon-Cuttings Provide Bad Incentives For Illinois Politicians On Infrastructure Spending - Illinois News Network

Letter: Keep Public Control Of Roads, Parking Meters - Chicago Daily Herald

Streetsblog Wants No Rules For Chicago Developers Who Cheap Out And Dump Their Parking Problems On Neighborhood Streets - Chicago Streetsblog

Critical Massholes Defend Their Traffic Tying Tantrums - Chicago Streetsblog

More Special Snowflake Protected Bike Lanes, To Choke Whatever Traffic Still Moves in The Loop - Chicago Streetsblog

How The 606 Glorified Bike Lane Pushed Long-Time Locals Out Of Their Neighborhood - Chicago Streetsblog

Construction Now In Its 4th Year For $60M Navy Pier Flyover Bike Ramp Boondoggle - DNA Chicago; Alderman Reilly Bungles Announcement On Construction - Chicago Streetsblog

Biker Smashes Window Of Van Driver, Gets A Bloody Beat Down From The Driver, And Then Begs For Cash Online To Fix His Face - DNA Chicago

45th Ward To Vote On Streetscape Projects - DNA Chicago

Chance The Rapper Says Chicago Cops Are Racist, While Live-Streaming Video Of His Traffic Stop That Was Somehow Free Of Any Racist Overtones - DNA Chicago

Chance: Take Lyft, Round Up Fare And Donate Difference To CPS - DNA Chicago

Low Information Losers Rode Their Bikes Downtown To Deface Statue Of Columbus - Chicago Tribune, While Other Uninformed Goofs Try To Shout Down The Columbus Day Parade - Chicago Tribune; The Baseless, ‘Fake History’ Attacks On Columbus - Chicago Sun-TimesDaily Signal; Boos And Rain Greet Mayor De Blasio At NYC Columbus Day Parade - The New York Times

Cops Help Man With Broken Hip Finish Final 2 Miles Of Chicago Marathon - Chicago Sun-Times; Watching Wife Run Marathon Is Husband’s Favorite Spectator Sport - Chicago Sun-Times

Fullerton Down To One Lane Overnight For Lincoln Common Construction - DNA Chicago

Norwood Park Gas Work To Squeeze Traffic At Devon And Harlem - DNA Chicago

Albany Park Tunnel Looks So Cool, Too Bad It’s Underground - DNA Chicago

King Barry’s New Castle Getting Pushback From Jackson Park Neighbors - Curbed Chicago; Obama’s Hollow Promises - Chicago Tribune; Obama Center Museum Designers Sharing Ideas Saturday - DNA Chicago

Chicago Officials Gather To Talk City’s Bid For Amazon’s 2nd Headquarters - NBC 5 Chicago; Amazon’s HQ2 Quest Sent Chicago Looking For An ‘In,’ Mayor Emanuel’s Emails Show- Chicago Tribune; Love Letter To Amazon - Crain’s Chicago Business; How Democratic Governor Candidates Are Bad Mouthing Amazon - Crain’s Chicago Business

2 More Acres Of Parkland Sweetens $106M City Sale Of Former Finkl Site - DNA Chicago

Temporary Restraining Order Sought To Stop Demolition For Controversial Subsidized Housing In Jefferson Park - Nadig Newspaper

Objections Raised Over Library Project With Subsidized Housing For Little Italy - Gazette Chicago

S Loop Development Change The Area, May Raise Parking And Traffic Concerns - Gazette Chicago

Gentrification Worries In Pilsen - Gazette Chicago; Activists Want Rent Control, Affordable Housing - Gazette Chicago; A New Book On Chicago Gentrification - Chicago Reader

Four-Story TOD With 33 Units, Zero Parking, To Replace Long-Vacant Uptown Lot - Curbed Chicago

17 Unit Condo Project Will Replace Avondale Parking Lot - Curbed Chicago

Debate Continues Over An Additional Tax On Chinatown For Street Projects - Gazette Chicago

8 Haunted Spots In Chicago (And Where To Eat And Drink After Visiting Them) - DNA Chicago

Aldermen Join Forces To Dry Up Airbnb Market Around Midway Airport - Chicago Sun-Times

Chicago Based Boeing To Build More GPS-Guided Smart Bombs Under Pentagon Shift - Chicago Tribune

Study: Lakes Michigan, Huron Top Superior In Water Clarity - Chicago Tribune

Crestwood Mayor Fires Back At Red-Light Camera Class Action Lawsuit - Patch Crestwood

In The People’s Republic Of Evanston, Reckless Bikers Get Apologies From City Hall If They Are Arrested - Chicago Tribune

Evanston Developer Tweaks Plans For 30 Story Transit Oriented Project With 318 Units, 176 Parking Spaces - Evanston Now; Second High Rise Also Under Review - Evanston Now

Evanston Council Gets Request For Organic Fast Food Drive-Thru - Evanston Now

Intersection Of Sheridan Road And Chicago Avenue Closed Overnight Tuesday For Construction - Evanston Now

Rebuilt Bensenville Intersection Called A ‘Model’ Transportation Project - Chicago Daily Herald

East Dundee Church To Create Public Parking Lot - Chicago Daily Herald

Wheaton Planning New Front Street Gathering Space Instead Of Plaza Redo - Chicago Daily Herald

Higgins Road Closes For Railroad Crossing Repairs In Gilberts - Chicago Sun-Times

Cicero Avenue Closing This Week In Crestwood For Bridge Repairs - Chicago Sun-Times

CPS Raising Property Taxes By $225M, Or $177 For Average Homeowner - Chicago Sun-Times; Lawsuit Over Chicago School Scandal Stalls, ‘Mastermind’ Off To Prison - Chicago Sun-Times

Cook County’s Beverage Tax One Vote Away From Being Repealed - Chicago TribuneChicago Sun-TimesDNA ChicagoCrain’s Chicago BusinessIllinois News NetworkCan The Tax Applauds Finance Committee Passage Of Cook County Beverage Tax Repeal; Poll: Bloomberg Blitz Of TV Ads Haven’t Sweetened Opinions On Pop Tax - Chicago Sun-TimesCrain’s Chicago Business; In Defense Of Pop Tax, Preckwinkle Sounds Like Predecessor Stroger - Chicago Tribune; STEINBERG: After Cook County Scraps Its Soda Tax, Try A Tax On Deceit - Chicago Sun-Times; How Toni The Taxer Used Courts For Her Soda Vendetta - Chicago Sun-Times; Black Talk Radio Lambastes Preckwinkle - Chicago Sun-Times; Sugar Tax Was Misguided - Chicago Tribune; The Doomed Soda Tax Was Never About Our Health - Chicago Tribune; After The Cook County Soda Tax Dies - Chicago Tribune; Soda Tax Repeal Effort Shows Power Of The People - Chicago Tribune; Commissioner: Tax Pot Not Pop - Chicago Daily Herald

Will Supreme Court Case End Illinois Legislative Map Fraud - Champaign News-Gazette

The Legislative Exodus In Springfield - Crain’s Chicago Business

Illinois Needs A New Constitution - Chicago Tribune

Welcome To The Dysfunction Of Illinois Government - Chicago Tribune

Billions In Illinois Bills Not Sent For Payment - Crain’s Chicago Business

CFD: 100 Gallons Of Diesel Fuel Spills On SW Side After 2 Semis Crash - Chicago Sun-Times

Man Fleeing Cops Crashed Car, Then Held People Hostage: Police - DNA Chicago

Police: Weapons Including High-Powered Rifle Found During Northwest Side Traffic Stop - Chicago Tribune

Getaway Driver Given 84 Years In Prison For Murder Of Off-Duty Chicago Cop - Chicago Tribune

Man Accused Of Drunkenly Ramming Into State Police Officer - Chicago Sun-Times

Man Charged With DUI For Fatal St. Charles Township Crash - Chicago Sun-Times

Light Pole Toppled By Truck In Wicker Hub A Hit-And-Run, Workers Say - DNA Chicago

Police Putting Together Pieces In Naperville Truck Hijacking - Chicago Daily Herald

Rewards Up To $1K Offered For Info On Car Thief In Naperville - Chicago Tribune

Police: Man Tried To Lure Girl Waiting For School Bus In Niles - Chicago Sun-Times

Father And Son Robbed In Lincolnwood While Entering Their Vehicle - Chicago Sun-Times

Police: $15K In Marijuana Found During Traffic Stop In Round Lake Park - Chicago Sun-Times

Man Charged After Rifle, Pressure Cooker Found In Car Leaving O’Hare - Chicago Sun-Times

Chiraq Report – Chicago Weekend Shootings Kill 7 People, Wound 32 - DNA Chicago

2 Men Shot To Death After Flashing Gun While Driving In Pilsen - Chicago Sun-Times

Austin Shooting Kills Man Standing Outside Car - DNA Chicago

Chinatown Shooting Wounds Man Sitting In Car - DNA Chicago

Near West Side Shooting Wounds Man In Gas Station Parking Lot - DNA Chicago

Bridgeport Shooting Wounds Man Driving At 33rd And Morgan - DNA Chicago

Man Shot In Little Village Drive-By Attack - Chicago Sun-Times

Man Hurt In Humboldt Park Drive-By Shooting - Chicago Sun-Times

3 Men Drive Through South Side, Looking For Help After They’re Shot - Chicago Tribune

Man Shot In East Garfield Park, CPD Squad Car Struck By Gunfire - Chicago Sun-Times

Man Arrested After Shots Fired In Bellwood, Crash On I-290 Ramp - Chicago Sun-Times

Bridgeview Man Killed In Southwest Side Shooting, Found In Car Is Identified - Chicago Tribune

4 Taken To Hospitals After Little Village Crash - Chicago Sun-Times

Police: One Killed, Two Injured In Crash In Tinley Park - Chicago Sun-Times

Man Killed In Ingleside Crash - Chicago Sun-Times

Motorcyclist Killed In Crash With Pace Bus In Bellwood - Chicago Sun-Times

62-Year-Old Man Killed In Single-Vehicle Crash Near Elk Grove Village - Chicago Sun-Times

Two Men Killed, Third Seriously Injured In Crash In Lyons - Chicago Sun-Times

NW Indiana Couple Killed In Head-On Crash On U.S. 20 - Chicago Sun-Times

Indiana Crash Caused By Lampshade Injures 3 Men, Including Sheriff’s Deputy - Chicago Sun-Times

Hazardous Truck Spill Causes Delays For Cicero Avenue Traffic Headed North In Oak Lawn: Police - Chicago Tribune

Man Suing CTA Says He Was Struck By Bus This Summer In South Loop - Chicago Sun-Times

Man Who Pushed Stranger Onto CTA Blue Line Tracks Charged, Police Say - DNA Chicago

Police: Chicago Man Charged With Battery After Striking Woman On CTA Platform In Oak Park - Chicago Tribune

CTA To Continue 31st Street Bus Through March - Gazette Chicago

The Wet Spot: CTA’s Cloth Seat Coverings, Source Of Public Transit Horror Stories, Might Be Replaced - Chicago Reader

EDITORIAL: As Feds And State Stiff Metra, Riders Pay More For Less - Chicago Sun-TimesIllinois Policy Institute Cartoon Commentary

Experts Are Trying To Figure Out How To Reduce Collisions At Railroad Crossings In Illinois - Illinois News Network

Suburban Chicago Woman Accused Of Threatening FBI Mole In Case Of Rifles Stolen From S Side Train Yard - Chicago Tribune

Pace To Add New, Quicker Bus Service For Some City And Suburban Arterial Routes - Chicago Tribune

Extend Devon Ave Bus To Edgebrook? Not Likely, Pace Officials Say - DNA Chicago

Redflex Red Light Camera Company Cannot Claim Free Speech To Get Out Of Fraud Charges In Texas, The State Court Of Appeals Ruled - The Newspaper

Should Public Schools Teach Kids How To Interact With Police During Traffic Stop - Governing

White House Appoints Economist To NHTSA Deputy Post - Auto News

A Lot Of People Died On US Roads In 2016, But Distracted Driving Is Down - The Verge

10 States Where Drunk Driving Kills the Most People - 24/7 Wall St

Welcome To October, The Deadliest Month On The Road - Fredericksburg Free Lane Star

Senior Citizens Account For Rising Number Of Traffic Deaths, US Auto Safety Agency Says - St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Evidence Stacks Up In Favor Of Self-Driving Cars In 2016 NHTSA Fatality Report - Digital Trends

Infotainment Bad, Blind Spot And Lane-Departure Warnings Good, Studies Say - Ars Technica

Feds Can’t Say Why They Claim Tesla’s Autosteer Cuts Crashes By 40 Percent - Jalopnik

Editorial: Car Accidents Killed 37000 People Last Year — It’s Time To Act - The Hill

9 Months Into Presidency, Trump Still Hasn’t Offered Infrastructure Plan - NPR

Trump Reverses Course On Infrastructure Funding - National Motorists Association NewsletterWashington Examiner

Automakers Say US Fuel Economy Standards Unrealistic, Cite Costs And Consumers - The New York Times

Average U.S. Gas Prices Move South, 4th Consecutive Week - Gas Buddy

OPEC Pressures US Oil Firms Over High Production - The Hill

California Steps Up Fight Against Trump Over Clean Car Standards - Sacramento Bee

Editorial: Maybe It’s Time To Cede U.S. Freeways To Driverless Cars - WIRED

Google Launches Educational Campaign On Driverless Cars - The Hill

Can Autonomous Vehicle Tech Outperform Human Judgement - The Rivard Report

3 Improvements Needed To Make Our Autonomous Car Future A Reality - The Next Web

According To Reports, Fully Driverless Cars Are Just A Few Months Away - Futurism

BMW Pledges To Keep Drivers Driving In The Autonomous Age - Gears Of Biz

GM Acquires Driverless Tech Start-Up Strobe - Nasdaq

Cadillac’s Super Cruise Maps Are Key To Our Robotaxi Future - Engadget

Robot Road Rage? Impatient Drivers Causing Accidents With Law-Abiding Autonomous Cars - Autoblog

Self-Driving Cars Still Need To Earn The Public’s Trust - Mashable

In A New Intel Ad, Lebron James Promotes Safety Of Self-Driving Cars - Mashable

NVIDIA Introduces A Computer For Level 5 Autonomous Cars - Engadget

Velodyne Quadruples LiDAR Production To Meet Self-Driving Demand - Tech Crunch

Self-Driving Big-Rig Technology Moving Quickly Down The On-Ramp - Minneapolis Star Tribune

Trucking Association Plans Vehicle Cybersecurity Threat Reporting Service - Trucks

Toyota, Mitsubishi Scramble To Check Parts After Steel Scandal - The San Jose Mercury News

Volkswagen’s $14.7 Billion Settlement Can Fund America’s Switch To Electric Vehicles - The Hill

Porsche Seeks $235M In Damages From Audi Over Dieselgate Scandal - Auto Blog

China Hastens The World Toward An Electric-Car Future - The New York Times

List Grows As More Automakers Plan To Go Electric - The Detroit Bureau

Seven-State Electric Vehicle Corridor Announced At National Governors Association Meeting - Daily Energy Insider

Electric Vehicles Benefit Cities At Expense Of Rural Areas - Financial Post

California Legislature To Float Plan For Ditching Gasoline By 2040 - The Car Connection

GM Unveils New Autonomous Fuel Cell Architecture - Left Lane News

Will Mazda Engines Rescue Diesel Technology - National Motorists Association BlogAuto News

The State Of Automotive Cyber Security In 2017 - IT Pro Portal

AI Tech Aims To Help Cars See Around Corners - Left Lane News

Mitsubishi’s Turn Signals Of The Future Are Projected On The Road - Engadget

Google And Ford To Develop VR App To Combat Distracted Driving - Car Scoops

Hyundai Hopes It Can Make Online Car Shopping Simpler - Engadget

Porsche Launches On-Demand Subscription For Its Sports Cars And SUVs - Tech Crunch

Car Hating Crank Wants A $100 Toll To Drive Into Manhattan - Motherboard

Fixing Garbage Hauling With Tech Got Messy For ‘Uber Of Trash’ - Messenger-Inquirer

Lights Dim On Las Vegas Strip One Week After Massacre - The Hill

Lawmakers Pledge To Publicly Back Truck Underride Bill Written By Grieving Moms - CBS 9 Washington DC

Sprinter Vans Recalled For Fire Risk - Trucking Info

Uber Reaches $20 Million Settlement In Class-Action Lawsuit Over Text Messages - Chicago Tribune

Uber’s App Will Stop UK Drivers Working Excessive Hours - Engadget

A Movie About Former Uber Engineer Susan Fowler Is Reportedly Being Shopped Around - Tech Crunch

Costco Starts Offering Same-Day Grocery Delivery - Chicago Tribune

Walmart Sees The Future And It Is Digital - Chicago Tribune

Ikea On Amazon? Swedish Firm To Test Sales In Online Stores - Chicago Tribune

Amazon Will Make Decision On Online Drug Sales By Thanksgiving, Report Says - Chicago Tribune

Amazon Reportedly Wants One-Time Access To Your Home For Deliveries - Engadget

Maryland College Student Shot, Killed By Police After Wild Car Crashes On South Beach - Miami Herald

Used Car Seat Safety Checklist - NHTSA

Get Up To Speed With Engine Oil - Gas Buddy

How Best To Insure Your Teen Driver And Keep Costs Low, Safety High - Chicago Tribune

Find Out Which Cars And Brands Outperform MPG Estimates In Real-World Driving - Chicago Tribune

Turbo Or Not Turbo? Motormouth Updates Old Auto Myths - Chicago Tribune

Ford Partners With Stealthy Silicon Valley Software Startup On Transit Apps - Biz Journals

Breathtaking Fall Bike Adventures - Chicago Tribune

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

  1. Jeff says:

    Biker Smashes Window Of Van Driver, Gets A Bloody Beat Down From The Driver, And Then Begs For Cash Online To Fix His Face – DNA Chicago

    This guy picked the wrong fight with the wrong driver. Feel sorry for him, but let it be a lesson to drivers, bikers, and pedestrians about being smart and walking away from road rage and not escalating it.

  2. Jeff says:

    Low Information Losers Rode Their Bikes Downtown To Deface Statue Of Columbus – Chicago Tribune, While Other Uninformed Goofs Try To Shout Down The Columbus Day Parade – Chicago Tribune; The Baseless, ‘Fake History’ Attacks On Columbus – Chicago Sun-Times, Daily Signal; Boos And Rain Greet Mayor De Blasio At NYC Columbus Day Parade – The New York Times

    The so-called case that Columbus was responsible for everything that went wrong for Native Americans since 1492 is the worst kind of big-lie, revisionist history horseshit.

  3. Jeff says:

    Streetsblog Wants No Rules For Chicago Developers Who Cheap Out And Dump Their Parking Problems On Neighborhood Streets – Chicago Streetsblog

    Rule for these no-parking buildings should be that residents cannot obtain residential parking permits. So that way the developers can’t get a free ride on neighborhood streets.

  4. Jeff says:

    Construction Now In Its 4th Year For $60M Navy Pier Flyover Bike Ramp Boondoggle – DNA Chicago; Alderman Reilly Bungles Announcement On Construction – Chicago Streetsblog

    60 Million and 4 years of construction – this is all the evidence needed to push for replacing CDOT with a private contractor — one that can manage scarce tax dollars and resources, and use them for keeping traffic moving, instead of wasting them on pet project boondoggles for the car hater crowd.

  5. Jeff says:

    In The People’s Republic Of Evanston, Reckless Bikers Get Apologies From City Hall If They Are Arrested – Chicago Tribune

    If this dopey kid’s parents had ever taught him how to cross the street, he never would have gotten arrested for biking thru a red light in traffic. Instead his parents teach him how to avoid the consequences for your own stupidity — by playing the race card for the gullible media/clueless mopes that run Evanston.

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