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08/08/11 Toll hikes could cost you an extra $182 a year
By Marni Pyke - With proposed rates going up by 35 cents at half the toll plazas in the area, that could total $3.50 more each week for a driver who hits the Tri-State Touhy plaza twice daily, for example. Multiply that by 52 weeks, and you're looking at $182 more... FULL STORY
08/08/11 Quinn insider tapped for tollway job
By Marni Pyke - A high-ranking staffer for Gov. Pat Quinn moves over to the Illinois tollway. FULL STORY
08/06/11 Komen walkers draw cheers, support in Mt. Prospect
By Marni Pyke - About 19,000 walkers passed through Mount Prospect on Saturday in the Susan G. Komen 3-Day Walk for the Cure to raise money for cancer research. And a group of cheerleaders singled out a St. Charles resident as their person to support in this... FULL STORY
08/03/11 Extra hearings for toll rate increase
By Marni Pyke - The Illinois tollway will hold extra hearings on its controversial proposal to hike tolls in order to pay for maintenance work plus build new expressways. FULL STORY
08/01/11 New RTA senior fare cards in the mail
By Marni Pyke - New transit identification cards issued by the Regional Transportation Authority should be trickling into mailboxes this week. FULL STORY
07/25/11 Venting about higher tolls, fewer trains
By Marni Pyke - Are higher tolls on the horizon? It's a possibility as Illinois State Toll Highway Authority directors prepare to vote on a 10-year-capital plan that could include an Elgin-O'Hare extension and western bypass around the airport, widening and... FULL STORY
07/21/11 RTA hires lobbyists to influence lawmakers
By Marni Pyke - Regional Transportation Authority board directors Thursday agreed to spend $207,000 on four lobbying firms that will focus on state and local governments. Not everyone agreed with the decision. "The public has trouble seeing why a government agency... FULL STORY
07/20/11 AAA: Pets distract 1 in 5 drivers
By Marni Pyke - Don't let your pooch cause a car crash, AAA warns, while releasing survey results that show one in five pet owners have taken their hands off the wheel to handle a pet in the car. FULL STORY
07/18/11 Drivers may foot $1billion tollway budget gap
By Marni Pyke - Suburban drivers could face a toll increase down the road as the Illinois tollway grapples with a $1 billion gap in highway maintenance needs and contemplates billions of dollars in new construction. FULL STORY
07/15/11 Metra eyes ticket price hikes, train cutbacks
By Marni Pyke - Enjoy your current Metra fares and schedules while you can -- fewer trains and ticket price hikes appear possible in the near future. Metra administrators outlined some grim scenarios Friday in order to help the agency balance its budget. FULL STORY
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