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Your transportation related headlines for Friday, November 4th 2016.

(Otto Mobile Will Be On Vacation Until November 21)

Huge Crowds Jam Wrigleyville, Downtown For Cubs World Series Parade, Rally - Chicago Sun-TimesChicago TribuneDNA ChicagoCrain’s Chicago BusinessChicago Daily Herald; City Says 5 Million In Attendance - Crain’s Chicago Business; Playing Hooky For The Cubs Rally - Chicago Daily Herald; Metra: ‘Busiest Day’ Ever For Cubs Nation - Chicago Daily Herald; Record Transit Use - Crain’s Chicago Business; Farewell To The Goat - Crain’s Chicago Business; Harry CarayCalls Cubs Game 7 World Series Win In New Budweiser Ad - Chicago Tribune; Chicago River Turns Bright Blue To Celebrate The Cubs - DNA Chicago; White Sox Congratulate Cubs On Bringing ANOTHER World Series Win To Chicago - DNA Chicago; Chicago’s Had Some Pretty Epic Sports Rallies - DNA Chicago; Cubs Fans Around The World Are Celebrating World Series Championship - DNA Chicago; Cubs Fans Flood Stores For World Series Merch - DNA Chicago; Have Trophy, Will Travel - Chicago Sun-Times; Loved Ones Of Deceased Cubs Faithful Bring Mementos To Gravesites - Chicago Tribune; Kass: Sox Fan Misery - Chicago Tribune; Time For A Bartman Apology From The Cubs - Chicago TribuneChicago Tribune; End Of The Lovable Losers Identity - Chicago TribuneChicago Tribune; 40 Million Watch Cubs Win World Series, Biggest TV Ratings In 25 Years - Chicago Tribune; Tattoo Parlors See Rising Interest In Cubs Logos - Chicago Tribune; Celebrity Love And Hate For Cubs - Chicago Tribune; Video Perfectly Captures The Deafening Roar As ‘Cubs Win’ Hits Wrigley?s Red Marquee - Curbed Chicago; Streetsblog Takes Cubs Celebration As Opportunity For Another Mindless Anti-Car Rant - Chicago Streetsblog; World Series Transforms Wrigleyville - Chicago Reader; Governor Rauner Proclaims Nov. 4 ‘World Champion Chicago Cubs Day’ - CBS 2 Chicago; Half-Bearded Cubs Fan Is Now Free To Shave - Chicago Daily Herald; Cubs Fans Do ‘Trust Falls’ Into Rally Crowd, Jump In The River - DNA ChicagoDNA Chicago; American Airlines Paying For The Parade And Rally - DNA Chicago; Rooftop Views - DNA Chicago; Bill Murray: ‘I’ve Been Imagining This For A Long Time’ - Redeye; Thanks To CPD For Keeping Celebrations Safe - Chicago Sun-Times; A Heartfelt Lament For Indians Fans - Chicago Tribune; Can We Bottle This Cubs-Inspired Moment To Make Chicago Better - Chicago Tribune; Despite Cubs Distraction, 2016 Election Still A Downer - Chicago Tribune

Editorial: City Got Itself Into Legal Trouble Over Red Light, Speed Cams, By Hiding The Truth, Shortchanging Public Safety - Chicago Sun-Times

Editorial, Letter: Who’s Afraid Of The Big Bad Trump – Sign Needed To Come Down - Chicago Sun-TimesChicago Sun-Times

Digital Billboard Extension ‘Makes A Bad Deal Worse,’ Critics Say, Citing CDOT Attempted Shutdown Of Wilson Ave. For A Billboard Installation - Chicago Sun-Times

2016 Is On Track To Be A Deadlier Year For Chicago Pedestrians Than Usual - Chicago Streetsblog

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Your transportation related headlines for Thursday, November 3rd 2016.

Cook County Circuit Court Judge Opens The Door To Voiding 1.5 Million Red-Light, Speed Camera Tickets, By Certifying Class-Action Lawsuit, Accusing Chicago Of Denying Motorists Their Constitutional Right To Due Process - Chicago Sun-TimesChicago TribuneThe NewspaperIllinois Policy Institute

Cubs’ World Series Parade, Rally Friday - DNA ChicagoChicago TribuneChicago Sun-TimesCrain’s Chicago BusinessCurbed Chicago; Parade Route Will Go From Wrigley To Grant Park, Partially Along Lake Shore Drive, So Watch Out For Massive Traffic And Parking Restrictions; Look For Rahm To Get Booed At The Rally

Fans Fill Wrigleyville, Wicker Park Streets As Cubs End 108 Year Curse With Dramatic World Series Win; Only A Few Knuckleheads Arrested - Chicago TribuneDNA Chicago; Cars Honked Till Dawn - Chicago Tribune; CTA Skipped Addison Red Line Stop During World Series - DNA Chicago; Uber, Lyft Have Surge Pricing Morning After Cubs Win World Series - DNA Chicago; Ohio Troopers Traffic Stop Busts 2 Men Headed To Cleveland To Sell Fake World Series Tickets - CBS 19 Cleveland ; Uber Is Delivering Cubs Championship Gear To Your Doorstep - Redeye; Conservationists Make Waves About Dying River Cubbie Blue - Chicago Sun-Times; Chicago Icon Bob Newhart Celebrates Cubs Win - Twitter: Billy Goat Curse Is History - Chicago Sun-Times

Illiana Corridor Whacked Again In Federal Court - Crain’s Chicago Business

With Movement On CTA Red Line Extension, Gentrification Questions Arise - Chicago Tribune‎; Low-Information Ideology Trumps Common Sense: While Streetsbloggers Are In Favor Of The Extended Red Line, They Shortsightedly Oppose Parking Facilities That Would Boost Red Line Ridership, Get More Cars Off The Street - Chicago Streetsblog

Clueless Blogger Can’t Understand Why S. Side Grocery Shoppers Want Convenient Parking - South Side Weekly

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Your transportation related headlines for Wednesday, November 2nd 2016

Cubs Parking Bans Extend Through Friday - Crain’s Chicago Business‎DNA Chicago; Businesses Fear Unruly Crowds After Game 7 - CBS 2 Chicago; Selling Your Parking Space – Expect A $1,500 Fine - WGN 9 Chicago; A Video Warning, If You Drive To Cubs Celebrations: A Douchebag Learns The Hard Way That Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving - YouTube; ‘Shameless’ Filming Wipes Out World Series Parking In Front of Wicker Bars - DNA Chicago

More On The Lawsuit Challenging Chicago’s Red Light Camera Ordinance - Chicago Tribune‎

Opinion: Opponents To ‘Lock Box’ Amendment Miss The Point - Chicago Sun-Times; A Transportation ‘Lock Box Amendment’ Is On The Ballot: What Does It Mean - DNA Chicago; Could Lockbox Hurt Funding For Non-Auto Related Projects — Car-Hating Wing-Nuts Say Think So - Chicago Reader

Bike Activists Want Permanent Memorial At Site Of Michigan Avenue Accident, Where Biker Reportedly Ran The Red Light And Fatally Collided With A Tour Bus - Chicago Streetsblog

Council Approves Milwaukee Ave. Bike Counter, Slated for Spring Installation - Chicago Streetsblog

Vocabulary Word Of The Day: ‘Hypocrite’ - Rahm Pushes For Removal Of Honorary Trump Street Designation, But Won’t Return $50K In Trump Campaign Cash - Chicago Tribune

Rahm Again Raising The Sky-High Parking Rates At O’Hare, Midway; Meter Rates To Double Near Soldier Field, Wrigley - Chicago Tribune

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Your transportation related headlines for Tuesday, November 1st, 2016

Rahm Emanuel Should Not Be Allowed To Issue Second Notices To 1.5 Million Motorists For Years-Old Red-Light Camera Tickets, A Lawsuit Says - Chicago Sun-Times

Computer Glitch Gums Up Sale Of City Stickers In Chicago - Chicago Tribune‎

I-90 Heading To World Series Game 6 In Cleveland Is Cubs Highway - Chicago Sun-Times; Wrigleyville Price Gougers Left Holding The Bag With Empty Tables - DNA Chicago; Chicago Airbnb Hosts Made $2.6 Million During World Series - Chicago Tribune

Candidate Accused Of Posing As Traffic Judge Barred From Bench, License Revoked - Crain’s Chicago Business

U Of C’s Harris School Unit Blasts Safe Roads Amendment - Crain’s Chicago Business; Road Funding Amendment Good For All - Chicago Sun-Times; The Safe Roads Amendment Is A Safe Bet - Chicago Tribune

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Your transportation related headlines for Monday, October 31st, 2016

On This Day In History: On October 31, 1913, The Lincoln Highway, The First Coast To Coast Road, Stretching From NYC To San Francisco, Was Dedicated - Lincoln Highway Museum

Redflex, City Of Chicago, Ask Federal Judge To Limit Public Access To Documents During Ongoing Federal Fraud Trial - The Newspaper

Only 20 Cars Towed From Wrigleyville Area On Friday; Divvy Stations Moved - DNA Chicago; River Will Be Dyed Blue If Cubs Win It All - Chicago Sun-Times

City Clerk, State Comptroller Candidate Mendoza Says It’s Time To Rethink Permit Parking System - Chicago Tribune

Civic Federation Loses All Credibility As Impartial Public interest Group, And Instead Enables Tax And Budget Misbehavior — Opposing Road Fund Lockbox, And Backing Phony Taxwinkle’s Sugar Shakedown - Crain’s Chicago Business; Better Govt. Association – No On Lockbox Amendment - Chicago Sun-Times; State Senators Support Lockbox - Chicago Sun-Times; Think Carefully Before Voting For The Roads Amendment - Chicago Tribune; Pyke: Do Gas Tax Funds Need A Lockbox - Chicago daily Herald; ‘Safe Roads’ Needed To Keep State Moving - Chicago Daily Herald

Hundreds Protest Toni’s Tax Tyranny On Sugary Drinks In Cook County - ABC 7 Chicago

The Need To Reform Automobile/Asset Forfeiture In Illinois - Illinois Policy Institute

Telling The Truth About Dangerous Biker Behavior Is Not Victim Blaming - Beezodogsplace

Halloween Safety Tips For Drivers, Trick Or Treaters

Halloween--Deadliest Day GraphicHalloween may be the most dangerous night of the year for kids.

And not because of all the stomach aches that occur from consuming an overabundance of candy.

No, there are multiple studies that indicate more children are hit by vehicles on October 31st than any other 24 hour period of the year.

So, here are a few tips when you’re out driving on Halloween to make sure everyone gets home safe and sound Wednesday evening.

1-Slow Down

This is the one day or night out of the year that you should drive well below the speed limit–especially in residential neighborhoods where the majority of trick or treating is done.

Look out for kids darting across the street from between parked cars.

2-Be Careful Passing Stopped Vehicles

Before you assume some bonehead is pulled over just to aggravate you, remember, it may be a parent dropping off a bunch of costumed kids. Be extra careful that one doesn’t run in front of your vehicle while passing.

3-Use Your Hazard Lights

If you’re the mom or dad dropping off the kids somewhere, when you pull over to let them out, throw on your hazard lights so other drivers see you pulled over and will hopefully slow down and drive more carefully.

4-Be Extra Vigilant When You See Kids

Look, kids do stupid things. They can’t help it. They don’t look both ways, they dart into the street without looking, they’re easily distracted and tonight, they’re all tweaked from excitement and from all the sugar they’ve ingested. Plus, if the kid has a mask on, they’re vision is impaired as well.

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Your transportation related headlines for Friday, October 28th, 2016

Extensive Parking Restrictions, Street Closures In Wrigleyville - Chicago Sun-Times; Cubs Parking Bans Expanded To River North And Lincoln Park - DNA ChicagoCrain’s Chicago Business; How To Get To Wrigley - Chicago Sun-Times; CTA To Run Vintage Cubs Car Before Chicago World Series Games - NBC 5 Chicago; Addison ‘L’ Stop Has Colorful Cubs History - Chicago Tribune; Going Out To Watch The Cubs – Here’s How To Get A Free Uber Ride - Crain’s Chicago Business; Local Bars Gouging Fans - DNA Chicago; Wrigley Field: How The Ballpark Has Changed Between ’45 And ’16 - Chicago Tribune; $116K-A-Year Chicago Alderman Apologizes For Crying Poor On Cubs Playoff Tickets - Chicago Tribune; Aldermen Are Entitled To Their Opinion – Not Cubs Tickets - Crain’s Chicago Business; Nights To Remember On Deck For Cubs Fans This Weekend At Wrigley Field - Chicago Tribune; Ford Model T Drives Cubs Past Into The Present - Chicago Tribune; Ricketts Racketeers Remake Wrigleyville As Tourist Trap - Chicago Reader; Des Plaines Garage Shows Couple’s Devotion To Cubs - Chicago Daily Herald; How Much Was Gas The Last Cubs, Indians Won The World Series - Gas Buddy; Here’s What People Are Paying For Cubs World Series Tickets - Crain’s Chicago Business; Days Off Canceled For Cops As Police Prepare For World Series Crowds - Chicago Tribune; The Architectural Charm Of Wrigley - Chicago Tribune

33rd Ward Ald. Mell Pulls Plug On Manor Diverter, Future Of Bike Greenway Now In Doubt As Neighbors Say Speed Bumps Would Solve The Problem - DNA ChicagoChicago Tribune; Streetsbloggers, Active Transportation Alliance Shocked That Neighbors Impacted By The Diverter Wouldn’t Drink Their Car-Haterade - Chicago Streetsblog

Watch Out For Trick Or Treaters Monday Night - The Expired Meter; Boystown Halloween Parade Monday - Northalsted Halloween Parade

41st Ward To Vote On Street Improvement Projects - Nadig Newspapers

Riverwalk Construction Now Mostly Done - So Why Are Contractor Vehicles Still Blocking The Right Westbound Lane Of Lower Wacker; New Signs Point The Way For Riverwalk Visitors To Navy Pier - Loop North News

Illinois Joins $41M Multi-State Settlement With Hyundai, Kia Over Mileage Claims - Chicago Tribune‎

Tollway Directors Reject Staff Recommendation, Won’t Renew Engineering Firm’s Contract - Chicago Daily Herald

Edgewater Wrong Way Bike Lane On Greenwood To Open Next Year - DNA Chicago; Watch For Drivers To Slam On Their Brakes To Avoid Bikers Coming From The Opposite Direction

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Your transportation related headlines for Thursday, October 27th, 2016

Expanded Parking And Driving Restrictions For World Series This Weekend - DNA ChicagoChicago Sun-TimesCrain’s Chicago Business; Be Ready To Prove You Live In The Area If You Want To Drive - DNA Chicago; How To Navigate Your Way To And From Wrigleyville During Cubs’ World Series - Chicago Tribune‎; Extra Weekend CTA Service Planned For World Series - NBC 5 Chicago; 1,000 Police Officers To Be In Wrigleyville For World Series Weekend - WGN 9 Chicago; Don’t Look For Bartman To Make An Appearance - CNN; Alderturds Squawk Over Losing Face Value Ticket Perk - Illinois Policy Institute

Manor Avenue Diverter Creates Neighborhood Gridlock - Chicago Every Block

Opinion: The Lockbox Question Is An Insult To Illinois Voters - Illinois News Network; Transportation Lockbox Amendment Is A Bad Idea - Illinois Policy Institute

Judicial Candidate Who Posed As Traffic Court Judge Says She Won’t Take Office Until Her Disciplinary Case Ends - Chicago Tribune‎

Downtown Street Closures Set For TV Filming - Chicago Sun-Times

Tri-Taylor Residents Say Outsiders Taking Over, Blocking Their Streets - DNA Chicago

City Snow Crews Prepping For Winter - DNA Chicago

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Your transportation related headlines for Wednesday, October 26th, 2016

Study Says Extending The Length Of Yellow Times And Improving Traffic Signal Visibility Did Far More To Reduce Accidents Than Installing Red Light Cameras In San Francisco - The Newspaper

Public-Purse-Parasite Active Transportation Alliance Using Its City Cash Subsidy To Lobby For Draconian Citywide 20 Mile An Hour Speed Limit, Elimination Of Already Clogged Car Lanes - Active Transportation Alliance

33rd Ward Alderman Deb Mell Is Just As Much Of A Slick Con Artist As Her Father - Will Try To Silence First Amendment Protected Debate Over Manor Avenue Diverter At Thursday Night Ward Transportation Committee Meeting - Twitter/IM Manor AvenueTwitter/Stop The Diverter

Keep Auto Emissions Testing Facility In City, Lawmakers Tell State EPA - DNA Chicago

How Will Illinois Adapt To Tesla Self Driving Cars - Chicago Now

Metropolitan Planning Council: Vote ‘Yes’ On Safe Roads Amendment - Crain’s Chicago Business

CPD Makes Plans To Keep Peace On Wrigleyville Streets During World Series - Chicago Sun-Times; World Series Sleaze: Pair Of Aldermen Play Hooky For Cozy Road Trip With A Lobbyist To Cleveland - Chicago Tribune; City Tries To Modify Patently Illegal Ban On Streetside Peddling Near Wrigley Field - Chicago Sun-Times

Streetsblog Pushing More Transit Boondoggles, To Foul Up Whatever Loop Traffic Still Moves After The Loop Link Fiasco And Bike Lane Installations - ChicagoStreetsblog

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Your transportation related headlines for Tuesday, October 25th, 2016

Former Redflex Chief Sentenced To 14 Months In Prison In Chicago Bribery Case - The Newspaper

Parking Restrictions, Street Closures For World Series - WGN 9 Chicago Parking Spaces At A Premium - Chicago Tribune; If You Sell Your Wrigleyville Parking Permit, You Might Never Get One Again - DNA Chicago; Neighbors Worry New Wrigleyville Projects Will Choke Traffic - Chicago Tribune; Excited Cubs Fans Hit The Road To Cleveland For World Series Opener - Chicago Tribune

Will Neighbors Sue Over CDOT Manor Ave Traffic Barricade - Twitter/Stop The DiverterSign The Petition To End This Nonsense

Opinions: Vote No On Lockbox Amendment - Crain’s Chicago BusinessChicago TribuneChicago Sun-Times; Transportation Lockbox Amendment Would Affect Local Spending - Decatur Herald And Review; Springfield Has It Wrong – Fix The Budget, Then Worry About Roads - Chicago Tribune; Taxpayers Federation of Illinois Opposes Lockbox - Illinois News Network

IDOT: Quinn And Current General Assembly Inaction Raise Need For Snow Plowing Contracts - Illinois News Network

Tollway To Boost Minority Jobs - Chicago Daily Herald

Indictment Won’t Stop Judge Candidate Accused Of Donning Robes In Traffic Court And Ruling On Cases, Lawyer Says - ABA Journal

Chicago Drivers Face Long Lines For Emissions Tests, Will Soon Be Stranded - DNA Chicago