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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

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Your transportation related headlines for Thursday, September 7th, 2017

Drivers Call Suburban Crestwood Red Light Camera Intersection ‘Confusing,’ ‘A Trap’ (Video Report) - Yahoo News

Protesters Block Part Of Lake Shore Drive After Police Remove Homeless People’s Tents - NBC 5 Chicago; Viaduct Work Needed On North Side, But Where Will Homeless Go - Chicago Sun-Times

Plan To Fingerprint Ride-Hailing Drivers, Curb Surge Pricing Stalls - Chicago Sun-Times

Chicago’s Lily-White Vision Zero Car-Hater-Club Gets An Earful From South/West Siders, Regarding Their Support For Overzealous Traffic Enforcement - Chicago Streetsblog

Transportation Funding For Sanctuary Cities/States Like Chicago/Illinois Stripped In Late House Vote - Washington Examiner

Are Northbrook-Based Allstate And Bloomington-Based State Farm Ready For The Back-To-Back Hit Of Harvey And Irma Auto Claims - Crain’s Chicago Business

Illinois Secretary Of State Warns About Flood-Damaged Cars - Chicago Daily Herald

No Public Alert Issued After Man Is Pushed Onto Loop Subway Tracks - Chicago Tribune

The Latest In Nutty Anti-Car Ideas — Make Michigan Avenue One Way To Make Room For Outdoor Dining - Curbed

Rahm Thinks He Can Bring Amazon Here To Chicago; Where Could They Build, And Why Chicago At All - Crain’s Chicago BusinessCrain’s Chicago BusinessCrain’s Chicago BusinessChicago Sun-TimesChicagoistChicago TribuneChicago TribuneDNA Chicago

Obama Foundation Will Hold Yet Another Meeting To Explain Why Cornell Drive Must Be Closed To Make Way For The Obama Sledding Hill - Curbed Chicago

PAWS Chicago Rescued Dozens Of Animals From Houston. Here’s How You Can Help - Chicagoist

Illinois Volunteers Who Drove Down To Texas With Harvey Relief Supplies Get Rude Reception - New York Post

This Massive Noble Square Mural Might Be Just What Chicago Needs Right Now - DNA Chicago

Chicago Street Fairs Weekend - Redeye

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Your transportation related headlines for Wednesday, September 6th, 2017

‘SmartRoad’ Technology Debuts On Jane Addams Tollway - Chicago Daily Herald

Cubs’ One-Time Friday Night Game Plan Approved By City Council; Wrigley Neighbors Get A Friday Night Traffic/Parking Mess - Chicago Sun-Times

Letter: Obama Museum May Not Draw Enough Traffic To Justify A Garage, Shutdown Of Streets - Chicago Sun-Times

RTA Will Begin To Feel State Sales Tax Grab From Madigan Budget Scheme - Chicago Daily Herald

Illegal Alien Protest Shuts Down Loop Streets For Tuesday PM Rush Hour - Chicago Tribune

Emanuel To Drop The Other Shoe On Fly-Dumpers Who Leave Tires, Other Waste, And Then Run - Chicago Sun-Times

Lawrence Sears Redevelopment With 59 Units, 91 Parking Spaces, Plus Retail, Gets Zoning OK From Ald. Pawar - DNA Chicago

Developer Seeks Permission To Build 10 Story, 69 Unit Building Near Union Station, On Site Of Surface Parking Lot, But Avoid Building The Required Number Of Parking Spaces - Curbed Chicago

Four Tower Redevelopment Plan Next To Chicago Tribune Printing Plant Breaks Cover; Food Truck Plaza, River Walk With Boat Launches Included –Curbed Chicago

Former Edgewater Auto Showroom Being Eyed As A Weekend Venue For Parties And Events - DNA Chicago

City’s Top B&B Closing Because Guests Are Scared Of Bronzeville, Owner Says - DNA Chicago

Daley Plaza For Rent: City To Allow Private Events, Weddings By The Picasso - DNA Chicago

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Your transportation related headlines for Tuesday, September 5th, 2017

Good News: National Safety Council Grades States On Traffic Laws — Illinois Gets An ‘A’ - Forbes; Bad News: Illinois Opiod Epidemic Raises Road Safety Hazard - National Safety Council

Mechanics Strike Drags On But Some Cutting Solo Deals With Union - Chicago Daily Herald; The Union’s Perspective - Chicago Sun-Times

Sorry, Ald. Beale. Regulating Uber And Lyft Surge Pricing Would Hurt Consumers - Chicago Tribune

Labor Day Weekend Travel Made Pricier By Illinois’ Gas Taxes - Illinois Policy Institute

No Transponder? I-PASS Users Could See Tolls Double In 2018 If They Buck The System - Chicago Daily Herald

Sidewalk To Nowhere Over Addams Tollway - Chicago Daily Herald

IDOT Is Looking For ‘Snowbirds’ To Drive Plows, Spread Salt This Winter - WGN 9 Chicago

Buses On I-90 ‘Flex Lanes’ - Chicago Tribune

Illinois Needs An Infrastructure Plan - Crain’s Chicago Business

EDITORIAL: Lesson Of Houston: Don’t Water Down Chicago’s Flood Rules - Chicago Sun-Times

Illinois Seeking One More Real ID Extension For Drivers Licenses - Peoria Journal Star

Hundreds Join Labor Day March For $15 Minimum Wage - DNA Chicago; Are Labor Day Parades On The Decline - Chicago Tribune

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Your transportation related headlines for Friday, September 1st, 2017

Texas AG Warns Gas Stations Against Raising Prices In Harvey Aftermath - The Hill; Harvey Has Many Asking: How Hard Is It To Evacuate A Major City - Governing; Rescued Animals Begin Trek From Storm-Ravaged Texas To Tinley Park - Chicago Tribune; Why Flooded-Out Cars Are Likely Total Losses - Yahoo News; Ford U.S. Sales Fall 2.1%, GM Sales Up 7.5% As Harvey Hits Auto Sales - The Detroit Free Press; Hurricane Harvey May Have Destroyed 1 Million Cars — And Changed US Car Market - Mashable

Thursday Marked 20 Years Since The Infamous Paris Car Crash That Took The Life Of Princess Diana - Washington Post

Gas Prices Surging In Chicago, Nationwide In Harvey’s Wake - Chicago Sun-Times; Gas Prices Jump For Labor Day Travelers. Here’s How To Save - Nightly Business Report

Police Announce Increased DUI Patrols For Labor Day Weekend - Chicago Sun-Times

1.7 Million Flyers At O’Hare, Midway Airports For Labor Day Weekend: City - DNA Chicago

Editorial: The Jackson Park Golf Project? Slow Your Swing, Mayor - Chicago Tribune

More On The Monument Moron Movement - Chicago Tribune

Investor Unloading Dozens Of Lakeshore East Parking Spaces - Curbed Chicago

Exciting Boring News: Mile-Long Albany Park Tunnel Drilling Complete - DNA Chicago

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Your transportation related headlines for Thursday, August 31st, 2017

Despite Harvey’s Texas Exit, Over 400 Roads Still Flooded In The State - Equipment World; Will Harvey Lead To New Thinking About Houston Development - Houston Chronicle; Houston Isn’t Flooded Because Of Its Land Use Planning - Strong Towns; What Chicago Is Doing — And Can Do — To Prevent A Disastrous Flood - Chicago Magazine; Texas Governor — Most Of Those Killed In The Storm And Flooding Have Died While Driving Through Water - CBS News; A Half-Million Flooded Cars And Trucks Could Be Scrapped After Harvey - Nightly Business Report; Harvey To Impact Car Sales, Prices After Flooding Thousands Of Vehicles - Fox Business; Harvey Shuts Down Major Pipeline Supplying Gasoline, Heating Fuel To East Coast - The Hill; Harvey Drives Up Gas Prices For Labor Day Weekend - Chicago Tribune

Auto Theft Crackdown To Exempt Airport Rental Car Agencies - Chicago Sun-Times

RTA Chair Dillard Urges Drivers To Use Mass Transit - Chicago Sun-Times

City Gives Cubs Extra Night Game — Neighbors Get Friday Night Headache - DNA Chicago

The Ultimate Act Of A Political Hack: Obama Museum Will Impose Political Litmus Test For Contractors - Chicago Sun-Times

CDOT Will Try To Peddle Its Anti Car Vision Zero Program At West Side Meetings Next Month - Vision Zero Chicago

New CDOT Milwaukee Avenue Bike Lanes A Flop In Terms Of Significant Safety Improvement - Chicago Streetsblog

Will The Stretch Of Milwaukee Between Logan Square & Avondale Finally Be Pedestrian-Friendly - Chicagoist

With Zero Data, Taxpayer Supported Active Transportation Alliance Blames Uber, Lyft For Chicago Traffic Congestion, CTA Ridership Decline - Active Transportation Alliance

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Your transportation related headlines for Wednesday, August 30th, 2017

Harvey Is Pushing Gasoline Prices Higher, Even As Oil Remains Cheap - Chicago Tribune; Senate Democrat Asks Feds To Tap Emergency Oil Reserve - The Hill; Largest Oil Refinery In US To Shut Down Due To Harvey - The Hill; Chicago-Based United CEO Munoz To Offer $1 Million Relief For Staffers Hurt By Harvey - Crain’s Chicago Business; Houston Airports Reopening After Harvey - The Hill; United, American Prepare To Resume Some Houston Flights Thursday - Chicago Tribune; UPS, FedEx Halt Delivery To Major Areas Of Texas, Louisiana Amid Storm - USA TODAY; Right Before Harvey, Trump Nixed A Rule Designed To Protect Cities From Flood Risks - Slate; More Zoning Wouldn’t Have Protected Houston From Harvey’s Fury, But Less Sprawl Would Have Helped - New York Magazine; Houston Drainage Grid ‘So Obsolete It’s Just Unbelievable’ - Chicago Tribune; Baby Deer Rescued From Flooded Houston Road - NBC 8 Tampa; Up To 250,000 Cars From Harvey Could Be Sold Without Flood Labels - Car Buzz; Seven Ways To Tell If A Used Car Has Flood Damage - The Car Connection; Drones In Houston Would Be A Force Multiplier For Rescue Efforts ? So Why Is The FAA Telling Them To Stay Away - Fox News; Federal Highway Agency Doles Out $25M For Emergency Harvey Repairs - The Hill; Experts — Houston Evacuation Would Have Left Drivers Stranded On Flooded Highways - ABC News; CNN Reporter Dramatically Rescues Driver Caught In Harvey’s Floodwaters - Yahoo News; Trapped Motorists Call 911 Center In Houston - Washington Post; 6 Found Dead In Van Swept Away By Flooding, Bringing Harvey Death Toll To 19 - ABC News; Houston Imposes Curfew After Police Arrested Crew Of Armed Robbers Who Were Hijacking Vehicles - Governing; 100 Stranded Texas Cats Headed For Chicago Shelter — But It Needs Your Help - DNA Chicago; Every Disaster Needs A Viral Hero Heartthrob - Daily Mail

LAKESHORE DRIVE TRAFFIC ALERT: Bears Final Pre-Season Game Against Cleveland At Soldier Field Thursday Night

Price-Gouging Concerns Stall 21% Fee Hike For Private Booters - Chicago Sun-Times

ISP Pushes Labor Day Traffic Safety - CBS 12 Southern Illinois

Dealership Group Accuses Striking Mechanics Of Labor Law Violation - Chicago Tribune

Northbrook-Based Allstate Works To Eliminate Distracted Driving With ‘Reality Rides’ Simulator - Fox 5 Atlanta

Trucks To Spray For Mosquitoes In City For First Time This Year, Targeting Far South Side - Chicago Sun-Times

Surge Pricing Crackdown Would Stop Crazy Fares During CTA Outages, Storms - DNA Chicago

Obama Museum Giveaway Of Public Land Stinks - Chicago Sun-Times

CDOT’s Latest War On Cars Road Diet Proposed For Howard Street - DNA Chicago

Taxpayer Supported Active Transportation Alliance Reiterates Its Car Hating Creed, Vows More Lobbying To Marginalize Drivers - Active Transportation Alliance

Not Only Does CDOT’s Vision Zero Declare War On Cars/Drivers, It Adopts An All-White Model For Decision Making - Chicago Streetsblog

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Your transportation related headlines for Tuesday, August 29th, 2017

How Hurricane Harvey Is Affecting Gas Prices - CBS News; Gas Prices In Chicago To Hit 2 Year Highs - CBS 2 Chicago; Exxonmobil Refineries Damaged In Harvey, Releasing Hazardous Pollutants - Chicago Tribune; On Day 3 Of Harvey, Houston’s Transportation Remains Paralyzed - Houston Press; Underwater Metropolis: Photos Of Houston Before And After Historic Flooding - Nightly Business Report; Airlines Turned To Plan B To Avert Brunt Of The Storm — United Sent Extra Planes To Houston Ahead Of The Storm To Handle Backlog Of Delayed Traffic When Flights Resume At Its Second-Busiest Hub - Wall Street Journal; United Airlines Issues Travel Notice Following Airport Closures - Nightly Business Report; United Airlines Is Seen Taking $265 Million Hit From Harvey - Chicago Tribune; 6 Family Members Feared Dead After Trying To Escape Harvey Floods In Vehicle - CBS News; Police Officer Drowns In His Car In Houston - The Hill; AutoNation CEO Expects Snapback In Car Sales After Harvey Because ‘That’s The American Way’ - Nightly Business Report; Illinois Based Allstate And State Farm May Have Big Auto Losses - Chicago Tribune; Massive Texas Vaults Ready To Truck Cash To Harvey-Devastated Areas, Says Ex-Dallas Fed President - Nightly Business Report; Streetsblog USA Uses Harvey Disaster As Excuse For Its Asinine Arguments About Highways - Streetsblog USA; A Modern Day Dunkirk: ‘Cajun Navy’ Races From Louisiana To Texas To Rescue Flood Victims, Using Boats To Pay It Forward - Chicago TribuneRed Cross Donations For Harvey Disaster

The Many Faces Of Rahm – First An Anorexic Ballerina/Dr. Frank-N-Furter Doppleganger — Now A Bike Riding Climate Change Warrior - Guardian

Mechanics Strike Over At Some Chicago-Area Car Dealerships Breaking From Bargaining Group - Chicago Tribune

Area Police To Step Up Traffic Enforcement Over Labor Day Weekend - Chicago Tribune

Farmers Almanac Says This Chicago Winter To Be Cold And Snowy - Chicagoist

Unelected Metropolitan Planning Council Wants To Tax Expressway Drivers For Non-Car Boondoggles And Failing Transit Money Pits/Bailouts - Metropolitan Planning Council

Obama Pals Will Be In Charge Of Who Gets Rich From The Obama Seizure Of Public Land In Jackson Park - DNA Chicago; Neither City Hall, Nor Any Private Developer Wanted To Build The Obama Parking Garage - Chicago Sun-Times

Chinatown Meeting Tuesday On Bike, Pedestrian Issues - DNA Chicago

Chicago’s Old Post Office Building Astride Congress Parkway Is Getting Some New Windows — 2,400 To Be Exact - Curbed Chicago

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Your transportation related headlines for Monday, August 28th, 2017

Gas Prices Set To Spike As Harvey Pummels Houston - CNN Money; Hurricane Harvey Slams Auto Industry - CNBC; Roads, Cars Submerged In Houston Floods After Hurricane Harvey - CNN; Watch: Man Rescued From Submerged Car In Houston Floods - The Hill; Chicago-Based United Flew Hundreds Of People Out Of Houston In Emergency Evacuations - Houston Chronicle; Naperville Woman Seeks Truck, Driver To Haul Disaster Relief To Texas - Chicago Tribune

No Joy In Strike, Auto Mechanics Say - Chicago Daily Herald

CDOT, Obama Will Ruin Jackson Park, Stick Taxpayers With The Bill - Chicago Sun-Times

City Subsidized New DePaul Arena Means New Headaches For Drivers, With Street Closures, One-Ways In South Loop - DNA Chicago

Rauner Signs Automatic Drivers License Voter Registration Bill - WGN 9 Chicago

Illinois Does Away With Truck-Driver Tests For Some Recently Returning Veterans - Rockford Star-Register

Traffic Clogging Bike Lanes Take Shape In Jefferson Park - DNA Chicago

Taxpayer Subsidized Active Transportation Alliance Cheers CDOT Plan To Cram Bike Lanes Onto Already Overtaxed Milwaukee Avenue In Wicker Park - Active Transportation Alliance

Chicago Could Benefit From Smart Tech - Chicago Tribune

Anti Trump Protesters March In Loop Sunday - CBS 2 Chicago

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Your transportation related headlines for Friday, August 25th, 2017

Gas Prices Will Jump In Chicago, Nationwide Thanks To Hurricane Harvey - Chicago TribuneCNN Money; Gulf Production Threatened - Gas Buddy

Instead On Working On Arresting The Troublemakers/Criminals That Have Hurt Businesses On Halsted Strip In Boystown, The City Will Ban Parking Instead, Making Even More People Want To Stay Away - Chicago Pride; Not To Mention That This No Parking Scheme Puts City Taxpayers On The Hook For Parking Meters Not In Use

Streeterville Residents: Ambulance Sirens Too Loud - Chicago Tribune

The Loop’s New Washington-Wabash ‘L’ Station Opens Next Week, After 2 Years Of Construction/Business Killing Traffic Barricades, And Overspending To The Tune Of $75M With An Over The Top Roof Flourish - Curbed Chicago; Public Spaces To Lighten Up Wabash Avenue Planned Under ‘L’ Tracks - Chicago Tribune

Balbo Monument Protesters Using Soviet Union, Taliban Tactics - Chicago Sun-Times

How Alderman Arena Plays Politics With Public Housing In Jefferson Park - Nadig Newspapers

Another Downtown Parking Lot May Become An Apartment Tower - Curbed Chicago

Hyde Park Tower To Have 250 Units, 300 Parking Spaces - Curbed Chicago

Open Thread: Which Chicago Buildings Have The Most Beautiful Interiors - Curbed Chicago

Chicagoans Will Get Stuck Paying For Obama’s Shrine - Chicago Sun-Times; The Streetsblog Pipe Dream That Obama Museum Visitors Will Be Arriving By Public Transit And Bikes - Chicago Streetsblog