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03/18/14 Dillard says he's a 'winner no matter what'
By Marni Pyke - State Sen. Kirk Dillard risked it all to be Illinois' next governor. The unlucky toss of the dice cost the longtime political fixture his state senate seat but he was unrepentent after preliminary results showed businessman Bruce Rauner... FULL STORY
03/17/14 Merge transit agencies into one, task force members say
By Marni Pyke - Creating a single super-agency to oversee transit in the region appears to be the consensus of a state task force responsible for reforms at the RTA, Metra, Pace and CTA. "We need something bold in our governance structure," former... FULL STORY
03/17/14 Snow-blocked sidewalks upset suburbanites
By Marni Pyke - Readers are taking over the In Transit column today and they're steamed about snow removal on sidewalks. Why, they wonder, don't more of their neighbors help keep the walks clear? And why aren't towns helping out more? "We often find that kids... FULL STORY
03/16/14 Des Plaines oasis closes today
By Marni Pyke - Workers on catwalks, suction cups, cranes. That's what it will take to erase the Des Plaines oasis overhanging I-90 this May and June. The iconic glass structure closes today to eventually make way for a transformative new toll road connecting to... FULL STORY
03/14/14 Some seats contested, others vacant as committeeman role evolves
By Marni Pyke - Committeemen, those political party footsoldiers, might seem old-fashioned in an age of millennials and social media. Many committeeman seats have no candidates in Tuesday's primary, though some others are hotly contested. FULL STORY
03/14/14 Ventra switch coming July 1 for Pace, CTA riders
By Marni Pyke - Pace and the Chicago Transit Authority will officially transfer to Ventra, the new fare system July 1. Kinks that continued through the rollout of Ventra last fall and summer are worked out, officials promised. FULL STORY
03/11/14 Elgin-O'Hare details emerging
By Marni Pyke - A tolling system that avoids charging fees at entrances and exits were among the new details of the Elgin-O'Hare Expressway extension and western bypass laid out at an open house Tuesday. Initial plans calls for an all-electronic road that... FULL STORY
03/10/14 Snow all over suburban sidewalks puts pedestrians in peril
By Marni Pyke - Thousands of pedestrians have experienced a winter not just of discontent but downright peril, thanks to record snowfalls and a laissez faire attitude toward shoveling sidewalks in the suburbs. "It's very dangerous," mom Toni Sim... FULL STORY
03/08/14 Lawmakers differ on big bill to move I-90 water pipe
By Marni Pyke - State Rep. David Harris waded into the issue of a $73 million deal between the Illinois tollway and the Northwest Suburban Municipal Joint Action Water Agency this week. The long-time lawmaker thinks ratepayers could have got a better deal. FULL STORY
03/07/14 Major road work ahead for Jane Addams
By Marni Pyke - Drivers can expect lane shifts on the Jane Addams Tollway (I-90) between Elgin and Rockford starting Monday as widening of the tollway continues. The change means eastbound traffic will shift to the right. FULL STORY
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