Chicago Sun-Times Latest news from the Chicago Sun-Times Online en-us (Editor) Newspapers Chicago Sun-Times 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![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 … ]]> Fri, 08 Aug 2014 02:15:10 -0500 <![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 -0500 <![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 -0500 <![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 -0500 <![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 -0500 <![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 -0500 <![CDATA[ Pilsen activists worry ‘bomb trains’ are traveling through neighborhood ]]>

Activists concerned that “bomb trains” carrying highly volatile crude oil could be travelling through densely populated Pilsen and Little Village neighborhoods are demanding that government officials release the routes of such trains — as well as all evacuation plans in the event of an explosion. ]]> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 23:23:39 -0500 <![CDATA[ Upgrade to wireless network in CTA subways could be OK’d next week ]]> Lead story image

A one-year project to upgrade erratic wireless communication in the CTA’s 22 miles of underground tunnels could begin as early as November if an $18.9 million contract for the work is approved next week. The CTA on Thursday announced that Aldridge Electric has been selected to perform the underground cellular conversion from a 2G to a 4G network after a two-part bidding process that began last year. The 4G upgrade should prevent spotty reception in the CTA’s 22 miles of Red and Blue Line tunnels and provide more robust support of today’s wireless data needs. The current cellular infrastructure dates … ]]> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 13:00:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ Speed cameras to be installed in 12 new areas ]]> Lead story image

The city has named 12 new locations it will install speed cameras at through the fall. Currently there are 92 speed cameras installed near 43 schools and parks. ]]> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 22:48:39 -0500 <![CDATA[ Holiday road trips — and summer gas prices — highest in years ]]> Lead story image

Nearly 35 million U.S. drivers will be taking road trips this 4th of July holiday weekend — the highest number since 2007 — and they will be paying the price for it. Nationally, gas prices were at a six-year high for this time of year, hitting a U.S. average Tuesday of $3.68 a gallon for unleaded regular, according to AAA officials and the travel company’s daily fuel gage report. Average regular gasoline prices were even higher Tuesday in Illinois, at $3.83; in the Chicago metro area, at $3.98; and in Chicago, at $4.23. ]]> Sun, 03 Aug 2014 06:36:51 -0500 <![CDATA[ Beware: Kennedy Expressway may be anything but this weekend ]]> Lead story image

Chicagoans may have survived — or avoided — “Carmageddon” last weekend, but drivers are again being advised to take other routes, or expect delays this weekend on the Kennedy Expressway. ]]> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 15:59:39 -0500 <![CDATA[ Authorities ID Chicago teen in electrocution death at Metra rail yard ]]> Lead story image

Metra police are continuing the agency’s investigation into the electrocution death of a Chicago teenager, who went into a train yard Sunday night, a spokeswoman said. ]]> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 20:36:18 -0500 <![CDATA[ Bridge demolition speeds up, just 1 more weekend of downtown detours ]]> Lead story image

Demolition work on the Ontario Street bridge progressed more quickly than expected over the weekend, and a much-prophesied traffic “Carmageddon” on the inbound Kennedy Expressway was largely avoided. But drivers are not out of the woods yet. Next weekend, outbound motorists could suffer long delays when they are rerouted around the downtown demolition site. But because the work is ahead of schedule, the timetable for completion was shortened from three weekends to two weekends. ]]> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 11:18:42 -0500 <![CDATA[ Massive Kennedy Expressway project going quicker than expected ]]> Lead story image

With drivers steering clear, demolition of the Ontario Street bridge over the Kennedy Expressway was going faster than expected Saturday. That prompted highway officials to cut the project from two weekends to three and announce that all inbound lanes will reopen by noon Sunday rather than 5 a.m. Monday, as originally planned. ]]> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 06:43:09 -0500 <![CDATA[ Indiana Toll Road rates up 2.67 percent July 1 ]]>

The cost of driving on the Indiana Toll Road is going up an average of 2.67 percent on July 1 for anyone without an E-ZPass transponder. The cost of driving a car the full length of the toll road will be $10 — up from the current $9.70. The toll for a typical five-axle semitrailer going the 157-mile length of the highway will be $39.70 — up from its current $38.70. ]]> Sat, 14 Jun 2014 19:32:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Moves under way to keep Amtrak’s Hoosier State service between Chicago and Indianapolis ]]>

Supporters of a passenger rail line between Chicago and Indianapolis say the upcoming selection of a private company to improve services is just the beginning, with the next step being to press lawmakers to renew their commitment to the service. ]]> Sat, 14 Jun 2014 19:32:00 -0500