Thursday, October 20, 2011
Chicagoland news to talk about: Suburbs consider electric aggregation.
Want to make sure your child doesn't eat too much candy this Halloween? Consider giving them a financial incentive. That is what one Chicago dental office is doing by paying kids for their "excess" Halloween candy. Westend Dental, located in Chicago's Lincoln Park neighborhood, will pay trick-or-treaters $1 per pound of Halloween candy. The U.S. Department of Education announced more than $4 million in grants Monday that will be distributed to select charter schools across the country. Twenty-three schools received funding to strengthen their programming, and three were awarded large grants that came with an endorsement -- funding earmarked to help them prepare their successful curricula for dissemination to other charters across the …
Friday, September 2, 2011
Where to expect the heaviest traffic and how to plan your trip.
Friday, September 2, 2011
The Illinois Tollway is expecting approximately 7 million vehicles will travel the tollway system over the Labor Day holiday. The tollway is suspending all temporary construction lane closures over the weekend beginning Friday, Sept. 2 through Tuesday, Sept. 6. While temporary construction lane closures are suspended, motorists should be aware of major traffic shifts that are in place in construction work zones. The tollway expects the heaviest travel on Friday when more than 1.6 million vehicles are projected to be on the road, and drivers will encounter construction work at several locations, including the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90) between U.S. Route 20 and Genoa Road and between Barrington Road and the Elgin Toll Plaza, and on…
Thursday, August 25, 2011
Board approves 15-year, $12 billion capital plan funded by the first general toll increase since 1983.
Replenish your I-PASS, tolls are going up. Illinois Tollway Board members approved a 15-year, $12 billion capital plan during Thursday's board meeting in Downers Grove. Starting Jan. 1, most I-PASS drivers can expect to pay a 35-cent increase at the tolls to fund the project. Cash-paying toll users will see a 70-cent increase. While 50 percent of Illinois Toll Plazas will carry the 35-cent increase for I-Pass users, other plazas will see a greater increase, ranging from 45 to 90 cents, while cash-paying toll users will be hit with an increase ranging from 90 cents to $1.80. The board approved the capital plan with a vote of 7-1, with director William Morris casting the only no vote, largely because he felt the plan failed to make I-53 in …
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Chicagoland news to talk about: Skimming device found at Chase Bank ATM.
Armed burglars tied up a couple in their 70s at a condominium complex in Glenview, Monday night, and proceeded to rob them of $60,000 in jewelry. According to police, the men posed as delivery men to enter the unit. No more free RTA rides for seniors due to budget cuts. Beginning Sept. 1, the Regional Transit Authority's "Seniors Ride Free" program will expire for all senior citizens except those defined as "low-income" using standards adopted from Illinois Department on Aging "Circuit Breaker" program. All other seniors will pay a discounted, half-price, fare. The RTA has filed a $100 million lawsuit against Channahon and Kankakee, alleging the communities have benefited from a sales tax loophole to the detriment of the RTA and other …
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Chicagoland news to talk about: Crime Stoppers offers $5000 reward for hit-and-run information; Skunks swell in suburb.
A Naperville man has been charged with reckless homicide in the deaths of two Elmhurst residents for allegedly driving his Porsche at a high rate of speed into oncoming traffic on I-88, Aug. 6. Witnesses reported seeing William Howe, a dentist, drive erratically and throwing wads of cash out the window. Lake County Crime Stoppers is offering a $5000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the driver that struck and killed 18-year-old Gabriella Drozdz, July 22, in Lake Zurich. Drozdz and two friends were on their way to Alpine Fest when the hit-and-run occurred. An Arlington Heights woman faces criminal charges after fracturing the legs and skull of a 2-month old baby boy, according to Palatine Patch. Rubi Cabrera, 19, has been…
Friday, August 19, 2011
The Illinois Tollway is seeking input at the meeting that will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday in Huntley.
The Illinois Tollway is seeking input on a plan that would increase the cost of tolls and McHenry County residents get to have their say this week. One of 12 public hearings across the state is being held in Huntley Friday. The meeting is scheduled from 7-9 p.m. at Huntley Village Hall,10987 Main Street. The tollway authority is proposing a $12 billion capital plan that would be funded by rate hikes for motorists. Tolls would increase by 35 cents at a typical mainline toll plaza. Revenue from the increase would fund capital improvements through 2026. The plan includes: * Reconstructing and widening Interstate 90 from Interstate 294 to Rockford. * Reconstructing more than 20 miles of the central Tri-State Tollway (I-294) and the …