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04/07/14 Train too fast for brakes to stop crash at O'Hare: report
By Marni Pyke - A CTA train was speeding at 26 mph just seconds before it hit a bumper at the end of the track at the Blue Line O'Hare Station and bounced onto an escalator March 24, the NTSB stated Monday. The train was traveling so fast, there... FULL STORY
04/07/14 Can lawmakers police themselves in reforming transit?
By Marni Pyke - It's one thing to cheer on transit reforms in the abstract. It's quite another when the group recommending the reforms has the audacity to suggest that you are part of the problem. That's the paradox facing lawmakers in the wake of some... FULL STORY
04/05/14 Fermi hosts annual seminar on severe weather, climate change
By Marni Pyke - The enthusiasm to hear bad weather news was so great at Saturday's Tornado and Severe Storms seminar, an overflow crowd had to watch a televised version of WGN Chief Meteorologist Tom Skilling's presentation outside Ramsey Auditorium. Lombard... FULL STORY
04/05/14 3-year-old girl killed in Woodridge murder-suicide
By Marni Pyke - A 3-year-old Woodridge girl briefly survived a stabbing attack by her father Friday, only to succumb to her wounds as doctors tried to save her life. Zuzanna Bzdek was found with her dead father, Robert Bzdek, in an apparent murder-suicide at their... FULL STORY
04/04/14 CTA fires train operator in Blue Line crash, revises scheduling
By Marni Pyke - The woman who fell asleep at the controls of a CTA Blue Line train that catapulted into an escalator March 24 at O'Hare was fired Friday, the agency confirmed. Also on Friday, CTA officials announced new scheduling rules aimed at increasing rest... FULL STORY
04/04/14 O'Hare unveils shops, eateries in International Terminal
By Marni Pyke - Travelers anticipating an eight-hour international flight now can nosh on something more sophisticated than a sandwich in plastic wrap while waiting at O'Hare International Airport. The Chicago Department of Aviation unveiled a makeover of its... FULL STORY
04/03/14 FBI report details Pagano's affairs, ‘lies'
By Marni Pyke - Phil Pagano's lies caught him in a professional, financial and moral spiral that contributed to his downfall, one former girlfriend told the FBI. "As the lies got bigger ... (Pagano) thought he could get away with everything,"... FULL STORY
04/01/14 Metra chair weighs in on task force proposal
By Marni Pyke - He likes the ethics smackdown but usually outspoken Metra Chairman Martin Oberman is reserving judgment on a plan to merge CTA, Metra and Pace. A state task force has released new details on a history of patronage at Metra. FULL STORY
04/01/14 Dillard says RTA chair job a possibility
By Mike Riopell and Marni Pyke mriopell@dailyherald.com - State Sen. Kirk Dillard, a Hinsdale Republican and runner up two weeks ago in the primary for governor, says he's been asked about being chairman of the Regional Transportation Authority, a post he would consider taking. FULL STORY
03/31/14 Task force: Get rid of RTA, merge Metra, CTA and Pace
By Marni Pyke - A state transit reform task wants Gov. Pat Quinn and Illinois to get rid of the Regional Transportation Authority and merge Metra, Pace and the CTA into a new superagency. "The RTA has got to go," said civic leader George Ranney, who... FULL STORY
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