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06/23/11 Regional Transportation Authority demands state pay up
By Marni Pyke - You owe us $400 million and transit will suffer if it's not paid is the gist of a Regional Transportation Authority letter to Gov. Pat Quinn and state Treasurer Judy Baar Topinka. The letter sent Wednesday warns that if the state doesn't pony up... FULL STORY
06/22/11 Which suburban towns have most DUI arrests
By Marni Pyke - Naperville ranked second among Illinois municipalities for driving under the influence of alcohol arrests in 2010, according to a study released Tuesday by the Alliance Against Intoxicated Motorists. Elgin, Waukegan, Carol Stream and Aurora were... FULL STORY
06/21/11 Metra board adds not-so-new face
By Marni Pyke - One of the newest members on Metra's board of directors already has a history with the agency. Orland Park Trustee Brad O'Halloran served as Metra director for nine months in 2003, leaving because of time commitments. FULL STORY
06/20/11 Metra's paying $403,000 for spin control
By Marni Pyke - Talk isn't cheap for Metra when it comes to paying its PR consultants Culloton Strategies. The company was paid $403,800 in the last 14 months despite the fact Metra's got a communications department anyway. FULL STORY
06/20/11 Metra directors exiting gradually under compromise
By Marni Pyke - There won't be resignations en masse, but the majority of Metra board directors who served during former Executive Director Phil Pagano's tenure are expected to be gone within a year. FULL STORY
06/17/11 Law won't let politicians get bigheaded
By Marni Pyke - Giant smiling politicians' faces won't be among the distractions drivers face, now that Gov. Pat Quinn signed anti-self-promotion legislation. State Sen. Matt Murphy, a Palatine Republican who co-sponsored the bill, said the policy is tied to reform... FULL STORY
06/17/11 Amtrak crew suspended as collision is probed
By Marni Pyke - An investigation into what caused Amtrak and Metra trains to collide June 3 at Union Station continues, but three employees with the national passenger railway have been suspended without pay. Twelve people were injured when the Carbondale-bound... FULL STORY
06/14/11 Bike power
By Marni Pyke - Ditch those keys and get your knees pumping. It's Bike to Work Week and everyone's doing it. Everyone including DuPage County Chairman Dan Cronin who has pledged to make the 14-mile trek from Elmhurst to Wheaton. FULL STORY
06/13/11 TMI from cellphoning train riders? Try a Quiet Car
By Marni Pyke - Tired of way-too-personal phone calls that other train commuters are having on your way to work? Try the sounds of silence in a Quiet Car on any Metra line during rush hour. FULL STORY
06/13/11 Metra wants answers on Union Pacific commuter snafu
By Marni Pyke and Lee Filas - Passengers on Metra's Union Pacific West Line can expect trains to operate on schedule Tuesday after a shortage of UP train engineers ruined the morning commutes of nearly 15,000 riders Monday. FULL STORY
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