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Planners want Route 53 extension to have minimal environmental impact; funding remains uncertain

Planners envision a different kind of roadway to carry motorists north through central Lake County, with minimal impact to the wetland environment that area residents … Read more ›

Metra riders, many with backpacks and rolling bags, exit trains Friday downtown. Metra is advising passengers on all its lines that they will be subject to screening and restrictions on what they can carry on trains during the NATO summit. (Antonio Perez, Chicago Tribune / May 11, 2012)

Metra: Customers will face screenings, searches during NATO summit

Forget that cup of coffee or water bottle. And leave your backpack at home. Those are among the messages Metra is sending to riders who … Read more ›

Metra hit with suit over multiple-ride passes

A suburban commuter has sued Metra to get back money he — and millions of other passengers — lose when their multiple-ride passes expire before … Read more ›

Illinois to spend less on highways and arterial streets

Spending on highways and arterial streets maintained by the state will decline about 20 percent overall in Illinois in the next six years under an … Read more ›

U.S. gas prices see first drop since December; Chicago still highest

The average retail price of a gallon of gasoline in the United States declined for the first time since mid-December, dropping 5.44 cents over the … Read more ›

A Metra train passes underneath McCormick Place this month. Trains will be allowed to run under the convention center during next month's NATO summit. (Terrence Antonio James, Chicago Tribune / April 11, 2012)

Trains to run under NATO summit at McCormick Place

In a signal that downtown Chicago won’t be placed on a virtual security lockdown during the NATO summit next month, trains will be permitted to … Read more ›

Bucky's Express gas station in Hoffman Estates is selling premium gasoline for $4.71 a gallon. (Mary Rakoczy/TribLocal)

Gas prices: Can you top that?

Shelling out wads of cash to fill up the car can make any jaw-dropped driver gulp. Next time you top off at the pump, see … Read more ›

Tollway plugs in electric car charging stations

Gov. Pat Quinn today joined officials with the Illinois Tollway to highlight a network of electric car charging stations that are being installed across the … Read more ›

(Tribune illustration / March 13, 2012)

Metra reports improved on-time performance

Metra said today that trains on its 11 lines were on-time 97.4 percent of the time last month. That overall on-time percentage would rank February … Read more ›

Tollway to webcast bid openings

Beginning Thursday, the Illinois Tollway will begin hosting live webcasts of all construction contract bid openings, giving the public and contractors the ability to watch … Read more ›