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Your transportation related headlines for Wednesday, January 11th 2016.

After Giving Chicago Its Crooked Mayor, And Giving That Crooked Mayor A $1.1 Billion Campaign Contribution, Obama Gives Chicago Drivers One Final Parting Gift — One Of Those PM Rush Hour Traffic Nightmares That He Causes With Every Hometown Visit - ABC 7 Chicago

In An Apparent Diss To His Protege, Lame Duck Obama Fails To Mention Rahm In His Swan Song Speech - Crain’s Chicago Business

Red Light Cameras Make 4 Mile Stretch Of Harlem In W. Burbs A Lucrative Shakedown For Drivers - Oak Park News; From A Safety Perspective, Having Drivers Brake Suddenly To Avoid Red Light Cameras Would Only Lead To More Rear End Crashes On A Busy Road Like Harlem Avenue

The Right Way To Combat Drunken Driving - Chicago Tribune

CDOT Strikes Again: Delays On North Lake Shore Drive After Broken Crane Blocks 2 Lanes - DNA Chicago

Water Main Breaks, Flooding Bucktown Street For 2nd Time in 3 Days - DNA Chicago

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Your transportation related headlines for Tuesday, January 10th 2016.

High Winds Close Roads, Cancel Flights In Chicago - DNA Chicago

When Ideological Gobbledygook Meets Real World Results: UK Department For Transport Study Says Vision Zero ‘Traffic Calming’ Road Measures Actually INCREASE TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS - The NewspaperJust The Latest Example Of How Auto-Hostile Vision Zero Efforts Are Blind To Reality

Much Of Rahm’s 6 Year War On Cars Has Been Bankrolled By Obama - DNA Chicago

Lawsuits May Derail CTA’s $600M Ski-Jump In Lakeview- Chicago Streetsblog; Residents Want To Stop The Wholesale Destruction Of Private Property To Shave 20 Seconds Off The Red Line Commute

Bike To Work Downtown Friday And Get Cheesecake, Coffee To Fight Cold - DNA Chicago

Plans For Tiger Woods Golf Course Raise Traffic Concerns On South Side - CBS 2 Chicago

Ald. Explains Why Edison Park Does Not Want The Kind Of Over-Density, Or Terminally Tacky Transit Oriented Projects Being Shoved Down The Throats Of Other Neighborhoods - DNA Chicago

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Your transportation related headlines for Monday, January 9th 2016.

Obama Farewell Speech Tomorrow Night At McCormick Place - Chicago Sun-Times; Watch For Lakeshore Drive Shutdowns On Short Notice

City’s Clumsy Attempt To Evade Court Ruling On Illegal Red Light Camera Tickets Falls On Its Face - Chicago Tribune

Streetsblog’s Latest Low-Information Legal Argument: All Drivers Should Automatically Be Required To Surrender Their Phones After An Accident, Even If There Is No Evidence Of Distracted Driving - Chicago Reader; Hashtag #READTHE4THAMENDMENT

Would You Carpool Or Pay A Toll To Travel Faster On The Ike - Chicago Daily Herald

WTF: Emanuel: Divvy A Bigger Threat To Cabbies Than Uber - Chicago Tribune

Lame Duck Obama Sends CTA $1.1 Billion In Matching Funds For Rahm’s Transit TIF Slush Fund - Chicago Sun-Times; Much Of Those Billions Will Go Towards Demolishing Lakeview Buildings, Leaving What Promises To Be Another CTA Vacant Land Crater, And Building The Belmont Flyover, To Save A Whopping 20 Seconds of Travel Time; With A Decade Of Corrupt Chicago-Style Contracting Ahead, This Promises To Be A Bonanza For Federal Prosecutors; Meanwhile CTA Is Spending $50 Million To Refurbish Just ONE Green Line Station - Chicago Sun-Times

Rahm Thinks He Can Sweet Talk Trump On Infrastructure - Chicago Sun-Times; That Makes About As Much Sense As Substituting Rat Poison For Sugar In Your Cupcake Recipe

Chicago Food Trucks Find New Routes To Ease Rules After Court Loss - Chicago Tribune

Overpriced Transit Oriented Developments In Logan Square Are Distorting The Rental Market - DNA Chicago

Streetsblog Hypocrisy On Transit Oriented Development Ordinance; Once Upon A Time, Streetsblog Argued For The TOD Ordinance Because ‘It Leaves The Decision About How Many Spots Should Be Provided Up To The Developer And The Community’; Now Streetsblog Claims That Any Development With A Parking Facility Must Pass The Streetsblog Style Sniff Test - Chicago Streetsblog

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Your transportation related headlines for Friday, January 6th 2016.

LSD Crackdown Last Weekend Yielded 32 Tickets – Police Focus On NW Side This Weekend - DNA Chicago

Chicago’s Gang Violence Catches Highway Drivers In Crossfire; Record Number 38 Highway Shootings Last Year - Reuters; I-57 Shooting Shut Down Rush Hour Traffic, But No Injuries Reported - DNA Chicago; First Chicago Expressway Shooting This Year

No Bond For Four Monsters Charged With Stealing A Car, Kidnapping/Torturing Mentally Disabled Victim On Facebook Live - Chicago Sun-Times

Illinois Is Among States That Have Diverted Federal Dollars For Walking And Biking Programs - Streetsblog USA; Will Newly Passed Lockbox Amendment Prevent That In The Future

Moving Company Study: Illinois No. 2 For Most Out-Of-State Moves - The State Journal-Register

Connector Project To Link Chinatown And South Loop - Gazette Chicago

Use TIF Money To Help Homeless Sleeping On The Streets, W. Side Merchants Say - Gazette Chicago

Homeless Warn Of Trouble If City Tries To Clean LSD Viaduct Tent Cities In Cold - CBS 2 Chicago

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Your transportation related headlines for Thursday, January 5th 2016.

City Makes Last Ditch Effort To Wriggle Free Of Refunding Improperly Issued Red Light Camera Violations - The Expired Meter; More On How City, CDOT Commissioner Rebekah Scheinfeld Are Pulling Their Latest Fraudulent Scheme To Shake Down Drivers: CBS 2 ChicagoChicago Sun-Times

Illinois Driver’s Education Instructors Now Required To Teach Students How to Handle Traffic Stops - Fox Illinois

‘Anarchy On Argyle’ Anything-Goes Streetscape Still Another Huge CDOT Fail, As Parking And Driving Rules Are Anyone’s Guess – Incomprehensible Signage Does Not Help - DNA Chicago

It’s Not Easy Being Green – Chicago’s Electric Buses Run 82 Daily Routes with Zero Emissions - Efficient Gov; Streetsblog Whines About These Environmentally Green Buses On The Disastrous Loop Link BRT Route — A Route Used By Diesel Smoke Belching CTA Buses - Chicago Streetsblog

Chicago Says Tourism In 2016 Hit Record: 54.1 Million Visitors - Crain’s Chicago Business; Wanna Bet Cubs World Series Is Behind Much Of This Increase

Chicago Seeks Long-Term Bidders For Riverwalk Shops - Crain’s Chicago Business; City Gives Up On Search For Riverwalk Developer - Chicago Sun-Times

New Piece Of Public Art Will Light Up The 606 Trail - Curbed Chicago

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Your transportation related headlines for Wednesday, January 4th 2016.

Editorial: High Occupancy Toll Lanes Could Break The Eisenhower Expressway Logjam - Chicago Tribune

Streetsblog Wants To Use Chicago Cyclist Deaths To Push For Traffic Clogging Road Diets, And Conversion Of Car Lanes Into Bike Lanes - Chicago Reader; Someone Remind Streetsblog That Of The 6 Bikers Killed In 2016, One Was Killed After Running A Red Light On Michigan AvenueWhile Another Was Killed After Pulling Out Right In Front Of An Oncoming Truck On Sheridan Road In Evanston

Do You Like Chicago’s New Brighter Streetlights — The City Wants To Know - DNA ChicagoChicago-Based American Medical Association Says High-Intensity LED Lighting Can Decrease Visual Acuity And Safety, Resulting In Concerns And Creating A Road Hazard

How Tough Food Truck Laws ‘Lit A Fire’ And Led To New Avondale Meat Palace - DNA Chicago

After Losing His Lakefront Location, George Lucas Can’t Give His $1.5 Billion Museum Away Anywhere Else - Bloomberg

Ford Chicago Factory Building Hybrid Police Vehicle - Crain’s Chicago Business

Itasca-Based First Midwest Moving HQ, 300 Workers To Chicago - Crain’s Chicago Business

Is Chicago Losing Out On Global Employee Top Talent - Governing

City Makes Last Ditch Effort To Wriggle Free Of Refunding Improperly Issued Red Light Camera Violations

The City of Chicago must be getting nervous.

That’s the only way to explain the notices that have started showing up in the mailboxes of over 1.2 million drivers who received red light tickets over the years.

The notices, many showing the fines have been paid, are giving motorists a second chance to contest these tickets.

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Your transportation related headlines for Tuesday, January 3rd 2016.

Editorial: Slow Down For Stopped Vehicles - Chicago Sun-Times

2017′s Chicago/U.S. Transportation Forecast - Chicago Daily Herald

Illinois Drivers Get A Break In Illinois Budget Mess - Illinois News Network

Goodbye Free Parking Spot: 752 New Meters Coming This Year - DNA Chicago

City Will Release Vision Zero Plan Soon - Chicagoist; Watch For CDOT To Propose The Same Kind Of Draconian City-Wide Speed Limit Of 25 MPH, Which Has Failed To Improve Pedestrian Safety In New York

Despite Millions Of Tax Dollars For Dubious Bike Boondoggles, 2016 Was Deadly Year For Chicago Bikers - Chicago Reader

GM: Chicago Should Clear Path For Self-Driving Cars – Opinion - Crain’s Chicago Business

Loved Ones Of People Killed In 2016 Carry More Than 750 Crosses Down Magnificent Mile - Chicago Tribune

No Injuries After Underground Electrical Explosion On Gold Coast Street - Chicago Tribune

January Celebrates 50 Years Since Chicago’s Great Blizzard That Shut Down City Streets For Days - Chicago Now

50 Years Ago, Milwaukee Avenue Was A Huge Auto Sales District - DNA Chicago

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Your transportation related headlines for Thursday, December 29th 2016.

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Updating An Earlier Expiredmeter Story, ‘Robin Hood’ Parking Meter Group Claims Yet Another Court Victory Over Keene, NH Officials - New Hampshire Union Leader

Illinois Authorities Gear Up For New Year’s Weekend Traffic Safety Checks - Chicago Tribune

More On The New Traffic Laws In Illinois For 2017: Drivers Must Avoid Vehicles With Hazard Lights On; Possible Jail For Work And School Zone Speeding; Vehicle Impoundment For Second Time Failure To Have Proof Of Insurance - Chicago Sun-Times

Editorial: Texting While Driving – In A Matter Of Seconds, You Could Ruin Lives Forever - Chicago Tribune

End Of Parking Ban Planned For Stretch Of Argyle In Jefferson Park, To Add More Residential Permit Parking - Nadig Newspapers

Neighborhood Board Rejects Plan To Build Townhouse Near Planned Sauganash Bike Trail - Nadig Newspapers

After Being Launched With A $10,000 Kickback To Former CDOT Commissioner Gabe Klein, Divvy Has Racked Up Nearly 10M Rides - Chicago Sun-Times

Prosecutors Don’t Oppose Delaying Former Illinois Congressman Aaron Schock’s Trial On Mileage Fraud And Other Corruption Charges - Chicago Sun-Times

Navy Pier Had More Lyft Rider Visits Than Any Other U.S. Tourist Destination - DNA Chicago

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Your transportation related headlines for Wednesday, December 28th 2016.

More On The Redflex Deal With Feds Over Red Light Camera Criminal Charges - The Newspaper

Getting Around Chicago In 2017: Higher Metra Fares, A Completed Jane Addams - Chicago Tribune

Under IDOT Proposal For Toll Lanes, Speed Comes At A Cost - Chicago Tribune

Uber, Food Trucks And Airbnb: Chicago’s 3 Biggest Over-Regulation Stories From 2016 - Illinois Policy Institute

Illinois Drivers Who Try To ‘Beat The Train’ To Face Doubled Fines In 2017 - DNA Chicago; Illinois Ranked Second In The Nation In 2015 For Fatalities At Railroad Crossings

New Illinois Motorcycle Laws Aimed At Making Bikers More Visible, Preserving Route 66 Heritage - Illinois News Network

Check Out Bridgeport’s New $3 Car Wash - DNA Chicago