City Yellow Lights Too Short, Judge Says Before Tossing Red Light Tickets

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Trib Says Mayor Got $10,000 In Donations Linked To Red Light Camera Bidder

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Writer Predicts No Other Cities Will Ever Privatize Their Parking Meters

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Your transportation related headlines for Thursday, June 25th, 2015

Streetsblog Math: Clybourn Minus 65 Parking Spaces, Minus Rush Hour Car Lanes, Equals No Problem For Local Businesses (Chicago Streetsblog)

New Aviation Chief: Double-Decker Blue Line Could Carry Express Train To O’Hare (Chicago Sun Times)

Metra, Other Agencies May Be Fined For Missing Safety System Deadline (Chicago Tribune)

Pride Parade Affects CTA Service Sunday (DNA Chicago)

Chicago Pedway System (Chicago Detours)

5 Spots For Skyline Views Away From The Tourists (Curbed Chicago)

The Changing Face Of Fulton Market (Sound Cloud Podcast)

Chicago Reader Critic Loves Chase Scenes (Chicago Reader)

Chicago Reader Best Of Chicago 2015 (Chicago Reader)

Opinion: Scofflaw Cyclists Negate Any Safety Benefit From Protected Bike Lanes (Chicago Tribune)

Some Seniors Claim They’re Not Getting City Sticker Discounts

NBC 5 is reporting some older drivers are not getting their senior citizen discounts on this year’s city stickers.

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Your transportation related headlines for Wednesday, June 24th, 2015

More Grief For I-90 Drivers (Daily Herald)

Work Begins July 6th On The Next City-Engineered Traffic Jam On Argyle Street (DNA Chicago)

Du Page Economic Development Chief Headed To Tollway (Daily Herald)

Red Light-Running Cyclists Beware, Enforcement Events Set (DNA Chicago)

Opinion: Give Skateboarders Same Rights As Cyclists (Chicago Now)

IDOT Official: Rauner Wants To Spend Billions On Infrastructure (Daily Herald)

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Your transportation related headlines for Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015

Clybourn Bike Lanes Will Cut 65 Scarce Parking Spaces In Busy Retail Corridor, Eliminate One Lane Of Rush Hour Car Traffic In Each Direction (DNA Chicago)

CTA Chief Pension Windfall The Perfect Symbol For The Financial Implosion Of Chicago And Illinois (Chicago Sun Times)

Rahm Touts City’s Street Paving Progress (City Of Chicago)

Wilmette Dairy Queen Owner: No Parking Boots After 9 P.M. (Chicago Tribune)

Neighbors Skeptical Of CDOT Claims About Traffic From Proposed River North High Rise (DNA Chicago)

606 Radio Ads Paid For By Advocacy Group, Not City (DNA Chicago)

Is It OK To Ride The 606 At Night (Chicago Streetsblog)

Columnist: Getting Zoned Parking Permit Exemption A Major Pain

Roscoe Village resident Chris Courtney puts his new 2015 city sticker on his windshield in the parking lot of a currency exchange after midnight Wednesday morning.

Roscoe Village resident Chris Courtney puts his 2015 city sticker on his windshield in the parking lot of a currency exchange after midnight Wednesday morning.

Just because you don’t live within the formal boundaries of a Chicago residential permit parking zone, doesn’t necessarily mean you can’t get a permit to park in one.

Vehicle owners who reside within an RPP zone pay an additional $25 every year for their city sticker to have the proper designation to allow them to park their car within the zone boundaries.

But sometimes, residents who live just outside or adjacent to one of these RPP zones or go to work within an RPP zone can still get a city sticker with the proper designation so they can park there legally.

However, the only way to do it is by getting the local alderman to sign off on an exemption letter before going to the City Clerk’s office to purchase a city sticker.

That’s the problem Sun-Times columnist Mary Mitchell tackles in a recent column.

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Your transportation related headlines for Monday, June 22nd, 2015

LAZ Parking Executive Under Investigation Fired (Chicago Sun Times)

THE WATCHDOGS: New Chicago Transit Chief Got Sweet Pension Deal (Chicago Sun Times)

Truck Driver Charged In I-55 Crash (Chicago Tribune)

Letter To The Editor: Stop Rte. 53 Plan Once And For All (Daily Herald)

Letter To The Editor: Charge Tolls For Railroad Use (Daily Herald)

Letter To The Editor: Ethanol Here To Stay (Crains Chicago Business)

LAZ Parking Fires Exec Being Investigated For Bribery

paydisplay600The LAZ Parking executive being investigated by the FBI for allegedly accepting $90,000 in kick backs to steer a multi-million dollar contract for parking meter pay boxes to his employer has been fired.

The Sun-Times reports LAZ Parking took the action Saturday after confirming the probe which began in February. The investigation was most likely triggered by a similar bribery situation in Portland, OR when the city employee in charge of city parking was found to have accepted bribes from George Levey, the head of Cale Parking System, to have the city purchase his company’s pay boxes.

LAZ Parking, the contractor in charge of street operations for Chicago Parking Meters, LLC, the company which controls this city’s metered parking system, purchased $22 million in Cale’s parking meter pay boxes for Chicago.

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Your transportation related headlines for Friday, June 19th, 2015

U.S. Supreme Court: Confederate Flag License Plates Are Government Speech, Not Free Speech (Governing.Com)

Blackhawks Parade, Rally Crowd Estimated At 2 Million (Chicago Sun Times)

All Aboard The Rahm O’Hare Express Train To Bankruptcy (Chicago Reader)

LAZ Parking Exec On Administrative Leave After Report Of FBI Probe (Chicago Sun Times)

Editorial: Can We Make It Final Now – Shred The Illiana Tollway (Chicago Tribune)

The 5 Worst Intersections In Chicago (Time Out Chicago)

Former Redflex Exec Pleads Guilty In…Columbus, OH

Redflex logoThe Redflex red light camera bribery scheme that rocked and shocked Chicago, has officially expanded into a national scandal today when a former company executive pleaded guilty in a similar case in Columbus, OH.

According to the Columbus Dispatch newspaper
, Former Redflex Traffic Systems CEO Karen Finley pleaded guilty in federal court to one count of bribery, admitting the company bribed Ohio Democrat politicians and party organizations with tens of thousands of dollars in erstwhile “donations.”

A year after the bribes started, Columbus got their first red light cameras courtesy of Redflex.

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Your transportation related headlines for Thursday, June 18th, 2015

Blackhawks Fans Dropping Like Flies On Parade Route As Temps Rise (DNA Chicago)

The Metra Was A Disaster Getting To The Blackhawks Parade (Chicago Sun Times)

Thousands Fill Downtown For Blackhawks Parade And Rally (Chicago Sun Times)

Blackhawks Parade Route More Than Doubled (Chicago Sun Times)

Advocates Link Stanley Cup Traffic Delay To Road Funding (Thehill.Com)