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Jane Byrne, who died Friday at age 81, presided over a time of political change in Chicago; she was the city's first, and still its only, female mayor. ]]> Sat, 15 Nov 2014 14:49:58 -0600 <![CDATA[ Runway flap brewing at Chicago Executive Airport in northwest suburbs ]]> Lead story image

With O’Hare Airport expansion well underway, one runway battle is over, but now another is brewing in the northwest suburbs, where a study is being done that could result in expansion at Chicago Executive Airport, the former Palwaukee Municipal Airport. ]]> Thu, 13 Nov 2014 06:11:56 -0600 <![CDATA[ Average Metra fare would increase 68 percent over 10 years under proposal ]]> Lead story image

The average Metra fare could jump 68 percent over 10 years under a $2.4 billion modernization plan that would bankroll upgrades to virtually Metra’s entire fleet and cover a new federal safety mandate. ]]> Thu, 09 Oct 2014 21:56:38 -0600 <![CDATA[ Downed power line, mechanical issues create Metra headaches ]]> Lead story image

Metra service along several lines serving the north, northwest and western suburbs was hindered Friday morning by gusty winds, strong rain and mechanical problems. ]]> Fri, 03 Oct 2014 10:22:40 -0600 <![CDATA[ O’Hare’s June on-time performance dead last among major airports ]]> Lead story image

O’Hare International Airport’s on-time performance came in dead last among 29 major U.S. airports in the month of June, new federal data released Thursday showed. O’Hare dropped in both its rank among other airports and its on-time rate -- and for both departures and arrivals -- based on its performance in June 2014 versus June 2013. Its on-time arrival rate slipped to a mere 57.94 percent in June of 2014. Its on-time departure rate was 64.99 percent. The new data comes despite the debut last October of the first phase of the $8 billion O’Hare Modernization Program. The move switched … ]]> Tue, 09 Sep 2014 06:22:17 -0600 <![CDATA[ O’Hare plans to test new app to help international travelers ]]> Lead story image

O’Hare International Airport hopes to test a new app that should allow international travelers to maneuver through customs on their cell phones from their airplane seats — while taxiing to arrival gates, a top aviation official said Friday. ]]> Tue, 21 Oct 2014 06:38:53 -0600 <![CDATA[ Illinois No. 4 in nation for rush-hour highway congestion ]]>

Illinois expressways are jammed with the fourth-worst rush-hour congestion in the nation, a new report released Thursday indicates. ]]> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 20:20:01 -0600 <![CDATA[ Chicago is second city in Bicycling Magazine’s rankings ]]>

Bicycling Magazine has named Chicago the No. 2 city in the nation for biking, an improvement from the Windy City’s last ranking of No. 5. The second-place spot is a feather in the bike helmet of Mayor Rahm Emanuel, a cycling enthusiast who owns a custom-built Parlee road bike and has said he wants to make Chicago the most bike-friendly city in the United States. The magazine cited Emanuel’s plan to add 100 miles of protected bike lanes by 2015; the city’s $60 million Navy Pier flyover, which features an elevated bicycle-pedestrian path along the Lakefront Trail; and a “bike-share … ]]> Mon, 06 Oct 2014 10:58:31 -0600 <![CDATA[ Temporary cut in I-Pass fees marks opening of new Tri-State interchange ]]> Lead story image

Starting Oct. 1, the cost to open an I-Pass account will be temporarily lowered as Illinois Tollway officials prepare for the October debut of the I-Pass-only Tri-State Tollway I-294/I-57 interchange. ]]> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 01:13:27 -0600 <![CDATA[ Cars expected to swarm tollway this Labor Day as gas prices drop ]]> Lead story image

This Labor Day weekend may well be the Illinois Tollway’s busiest ever just as Chicago area gas prices travel downward. U.S. motorists Wednesday were paying on average 11 cents a gallon less for regular unleaded gas than a year ago, and the lowest prices in four years were expected to continue through the holiday weekend, according to AAA travel experts. The cost of gas was down across Illinois from last year, with Chicago seeing an average price of $3.823 a gallon Wednesday; the Chicago area hitting $3.615; Champaign-Urbana at $3.405 and Springfield at $3.339, according to AAA’s Fuel Gauge Report. … ]]> Mon, 29 Sep 2014 11:51:07 -0600 <![CDATA[ Reduced CTA fares available for elementary, high school students ]]>

Elementary and high school students — public, parochial or private — are eligible for reduced CTA fares of 75 cents a ride with the appropriate student Ventra card, CTA officials reminded parents Tuesday. ]]> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 17:28:00 -0600 <![CDATA[ State Street repaving is first major re-do in Loop since mall was removed ]]>

Chicago’s iconic State Street will get a $650,000 face lift starting sometime after Labor Day, with repaving to conclude before the Chicago Marathon on Oct 12. Repaving from Van Buren to Wacker should begin at some point after Labor Day — Sep. 1 — and conclude by Oct. 10, said a spokesman for the Chicago Department of Transportation. Final thermoplastic markings must be installed by no later than Oct. 15, which is three days after the marathon. If necessary, temporary markings will be used. The work represents the first time this stretch of State Street has been resurfaced since the … ]]> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 09:46:01 -0600 <![CDATA[ Tollway to test new technology at I-Pass lanes on Tri-State ]]> Lead story image

Starting next year, cars and trucks that exit the Touhy Avenue I-Pass toll booth lanes on the Tri-State Tollway will automatically drive through a tollway testing site 1500 feet later that officials say will be the first of its kind in the nation. Under a $2.7 million project announced Wednesday, the “living laboratory” will allow Tollway officials to try out new tolling options. ]]> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 23:38:00 -0600 <![CDATA[ When I-294/I-57 link opens, drivers to get 30 days to pay missed tolls ]]> Lead story image

The interchange will be the Tollway’s first interstate-to-interstate connection without toll booths on the main roadway for customers who wish to pay tolls in cash. This first phase of the $719 million Tri-State Tollway Interchange project is scheduled for completion in October. ]]> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 21:08:07 -0600 <![CDATA[ Ald. Ameya Pawar trying to restart service on No. 11 bus route ]]> Lead story image

He posted an online survey Wednesday as part of a campaign to resurrect part of the No. 11 Lincoln Avenue bus route that was killed off in 2012. ]]> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 13:00:32 -0600 <![CDATA[ Noted artist to create $200K public artwork for Wilson CTA station ]]>

Cecil Balmond, who was born in Sri Lanka, lives in London and has won international recognition for his structural design, engineering and public art work. He also is the author of several books. He has collaborated several times with Anish Kapoor, who created Chicago’s “Cloud Gate” public sculpture. ]]> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 23:04:01 -0600