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After NATO, normal traffic jams ahead

Expressway traffic jams and the familiar hunt for curbside parking in downtown Chicago return Tuesday, as the daily commute gets back to normal after the┬áNATO … 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 ›

Illinois Tollway seeks sponsor for roadside-assistance trucks

The Illinois Tollway is looking for a corporate sponsor for its fleet of trucks that give roadside assistance to motorists in need. Known officially as … 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 ›

An Illinois Tollway committee on Wednesday approved engineering consulting contracts to prepare for work to rebuild and widen the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway. (Stacey Wescott, Tribune photo / April 10, 2011)

Illinois Tollway committee approves nearly $170 million in engineering contracts

An Illinois Tollway committee on Wednesday approved nearly $170 million for engineering consulting contracts to prepare for work to rebuild and widen the Jane Addams … 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 ›

Metra Executive Director Phi Pagano, shown in 2008, committed suicide by stepping in front of a Metra train May 7, 2010, just as Metra's board was poised to fire him. (Antonio Perez, Chicago Tribune / October 17, 2008)

Metra poised to end special programs that benefited Pagano

In the first five months of 2010, former Metra Executive Director Phil Pagano took home more than $1 million in pay, most of it from … Read more ›

Metra CEO Alex Clifford (E. Jason Wambsgans, Chicago Tribune / October 14, 2011)

Metra: Enhancements to website will provide more openness and information about Metra

In a move toward more openness and accountability, Metra is providing enhancements to its website that it said will allow the public to track more … 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 ›