Some of Chicago’s yellow lights are too short, according to an administrative law judge who said he’s thrown out “60 to 70 percent” of red light camera tickets he’s come across recently More »
The Chicago Tribune is alleging the wives of two executives for a company vying for the city’s red light camera program donated $5000 each to Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s political campaign. According to More »
NBC Chicago writer Edward McClelland last week boldly predicted that due to Chicago’s horrible experience with it’s infamous and hated parking meter lease deal, no city will ever privatize their parking meters More »
Your transportation related headlines for Friday, May 13th, 2016
LaSalle Street Bridge Will Close Monday For One Week - Chicago Sun-Times
Commentary: From An Economic Standpoint, NFL Draft Imposed Undue Burden For Chicagoans Denied Access To Streets And Grant Park, While NFL Got A Free Ride - Chicago Tribune
Northbrook Based Allstate Refreshes Brand Tagline for Younger Audience Of Car Insurance Consumers - Ad Age
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Your transportation related headlines for Thursday, May 12th, 2016
Grace Periods Ending For Chicago City Stickers - ABC 7 Chicago
Sun Times Editorial Board Endorses Automatic Voter Registration At Drivers License Offices - Chicago Sun-Times
Clout Company Gets $60M Towing Contract To Maintain City Stranglehold - Chicago Sun-Times
As Chicago Prepares For Smart Tech, Concerns Arise Over Infrastructure Hacking Threats, How To Handle Driverless Cars, Non-Wired Neighborhoods, Privacy - Chicago Tribune
New Rules For Wrigley Plaza Expand Game Day Use, Limit Special Events - DNA Chicago
Residents Of 35th Ward Vote For Traffic, Pedestrian Safety Improvements - DNA Chicago
The bridge will be closed to all traffic from 9:30 AM until 3:30 PM for about a week. CDOT says crews will replace a center lock that has been out for repairs since last year.
According to CDOT, the repairs need to be completed before the final phase of the Riverwalk project is completed before it opens in the fall.
Your transportation related headlines for Wednesday, May 11th, 2016
Dense Fog Reduces Visibility During Wed. Morning Commute - Chicago Sun-Times
Uber, Lfyt Could Face New Obstacles From Chicago City Council - Chicagoist
Solar Panels, Larger Shoulders Could Be Part Of Oak Park I-290 Plan - Chicago Tribune
Parking Crunch An Issue In Downtown Oak Park - Chicago Tribune
Overnight Closures Begin Friday Under East River Road Bridge On Kennedy - Chicago Sun-Times
Overnight Lane Closures On Reagan Tollway To Begin Wednesday - Chicago Sun-Times
Lanes Shut As 138-Year-Old Water Main Being Replaced On Harrison On Near West Side - DNA Chicago
But, due to a series of unfortunate incidents, Illinois motorists have inadvertently contributed over $3.5 million in late fees for not renewing their license plate stickers on time according to the Illinois Policy Institute.
The story starts back in the fall when, due to the state’s budget impasse, the Secretary of State’s office decided to stop sending license plate renewal notices to Illinois drivers because there wasn’t enough money to afford the $450,000 per month in postage.
The net result was that tens of thousands of drivers forgot to renew their vehicle registration to get the annual sticker to place on their back license plate.
Proposed I-290 Deck To Be Further Studied By Oak Park Park District – Chicago Tribune
Protesters Block Entrance To Citadel Dearborn Street Headquarters In Loop; 23 Arrested – CBS 2 Chicago
City Council Urged To Deregulate Cab Industry, Not License Uber – Chicago Sun-Times
Tunney Stands His Ground Against Cubs Patio License Squeeze Play – Chicago Sun-Times
Major Water Main Projects In Logan Square Could Disrupt Service, Traffic – DNA Chicago
Your transportation related headlines for Monday, May 9th, 2016
Illinois Motorists Have Paid More Than $6.5 Million This Year For Failing To Renew Vehicle License Plates On Time, More Than Double The Amount Collected In The Same Four-Month Span Last Year - Illinois Policy Institute
Illinois Bill Seeks Limits On Cell Phone-Tracking Technology - State Journal Register
Sun-Times Editorial Disses Lock Box For Transportation Funds, Despite Repeated Raiding Of Gas Tax Funds To Plug Budget Holes - Chicago Sun-Times
Cubs Slam Tunney In Letter To Neighbors About Wrigley Plaza Liquor License - DNA Chicago
The Uber Drivers Lament: $9 An Hour - Crains Chicago Business
Laura Washington: Uber Solves My Hailing While Black Problem - Chicago Sun-Times
City Stickers Save Glimpses Of Time - Chicago Daily Herald
Chicago Car Show Calendar - Chicago Daily Herald
The wheels of justice continue to turn slowly in the Redflex bribery scandal in Chicago.
John Bills, the former Chicago, Illinois deputy transportation commissioner who took bribes from the Australian company is now receiving “mental health counseling” as he awaits sentencing.
On Monday April 25th, Bills, 55, returned from Naples, Florida where he attended a wedding over the previous weekend.
Redflex is trying to convince a judge to dismiss its former executive vice president, Aaron M. Rosenberg, from a lawsuit he filed on behalf of the city of Chicago to recover up to $383 million from the ticketing firm because it lied in official documents. Rosenberg’s attorneys and the city insist that his insider perspective is essential to making the case against Redflex.
Your transportation related headlines for Friday, May 6th, 2016
Gas Tax Lockbox Constitutional Amendment To Appear Before Illinois Voters This Fall - Chicago Tribune
Illinois Collects Another $1.6M From Late-Vehicle Fines - Chicago Daily Herald
Police Ticket Budget Protesters For Blocking West Loop Intersection - CBS 2 Chicago
Letter: Gas Price Fluxuation More Than Baffling - Chicago Daily Herald
Uptown Streets Getting Residential Parking Restrictions - DNA Chicago
Give The Ricketts Racketeers An Inch, And They Grab For A Light Year: Cubs Apply For Outdoor, Midnight Liquor License, After City Talks Stall -Crains Chicago Business
After their lawsuit challenging the City of Chicago’s legal authority to operate its lucrative red light camera program was dismissed on April 1st, plaintiff’s have filed a motion to reinstate the case Friday morning.
In their motion, the plaintiffs are claiming Circuit Court Judge Rita Novak took what they say is an unprecedented step of dismissing the case it its entireKata Mot Reconsideration May 6ty, with prejudice, the first time it was considered. They also believe, as a result of her ruling, Judge Novak created three new rules of law that challenge legal precedence on how local laws must be in concert with the state constitution and that the city could shorten the duration of yellow lights in Chicago to fractions of a second and the red ligth tickets would still be valid.
Lead attorney for the case, Patrick Keating of Roberts McGivney Zagotta LLC, had strong words challenging the court’s ruling a few weeks ago.