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Left to right: USAgain Chicago division manager, Butch Davenport, Algonquin Township Highway Commissioner Robert Miller, and USAgain Director of Government Affairs, Carlo Cavallaro.
From the community

Algonquin Township recycling partnership pays dividends for residents, environment

Decade-old USAgain program with township diverts 4 million pounds of textiles from landfills. The Algonquin Township Road District and west suburban-based textile recycling company USAgain … Read more ›

Durbin named to House-Senate panel on transportation bill

Illinois will have a seat at the table when an important U.S. House-Senate panel meets to hash out the next national transportation funding bill. U.S. … Read more ›

State says McHenry dam flood gates, boat lock past their prime and must be replaced

The Daily Herald reports: The Stratton Lock and Dam is the lifeblood of the Chain O’ Lakes. Its gates push water south when the Chain … Read more ›

Illinois Beach State Park Site Superintendent Greg Behm inspects some of the damage last summer after a storm downed downed hundreds of trees there. (Chris Sweda, Chicago Tribune / July 15, 2011)

State park entrance fees backed

Illinois Beach State Park has been closed since a devastating storm last summer downed hundreds of trees, making it unsafe for visitors. But a proposed … Read more ›

Chicago’s water rate hike causes ripples through suburbs

When Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced plans to nearly double the rate Chicago charges its neighbors for Lake Michigan water, many suburbs began looking for cheaper … Read more ›

Gov. Pat Quinn talks technology in schools Tuesday at Piper Elementary School in Berwyn. (Antonio Perez / February 28, 2012)

Quinn says sales tax windfall could pay for schools

Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn suggested Tuesday that better-than-expected sales-tax collections could be used to plug a hole in state school funding this year. The budget … Read more ›

From the community

SnowCare for Troops Seeks Volunteers and Military Families

With several more weeks of winter on the horizon, volunteers and military families are urged to sign up for Project EverGreen’s SnowCare for Troops, a … Read more ›

Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich returns to his Chicago home after the first day of his sentencing hearing last December. (Chris Sweda)

Blagojevich to serve sentence in Colorado prison

Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich will serve his 14-year sentence at a federal prison in Colorado as he had sought, sources said Tuesday. Blagojevich, who is … Read more ›

A driver uses a cellphone in Evanston in 2010. (Chris Walker, Chicago Tribune)

Ban on cell use while driving could go statewide

Drivers throughout Illinois would not be able to use hand-held cell phones when behind the wheel under a measure making its way through the Illinois … Read more ›

Metra commuters wait to depart Ogilvie Transportation Center on the Union Pacific West line to Elburn on the first day of fare increases Wednesday. (E. Jason Wambsgans, Chicago Tribune / February 1, 2012)

Riders cope as Metra rolls out higher fares

Commuters seemed to be grudgingly adjusting Wednesday to Metra’s biggest-ever fare increase, although some were caught unaware of a new policy that eliminated a half-day … Read more ›