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Jane Byrne left a colorful legacy

Jane Byrne, who died Friday at age 81, presided over a time of political change in Chicago; she was the city's first, and still its only, female mayor.

Runway flap brewing at Chicago Executive Airport in northwest suburbs


With O’Hare Airport expansion well underway, one runway battle is over, but now another is brewing in the northwest suburbs, where a study is being done that could result in expansion at Chicago Executive Airport, the former Palwaukee Municipal Airport.

Average Metra fare would increase 68 percent over 10 years under proposal


The average Metra fare could jump 68 percent over 10 years under a $2.4 billion modernization plan that would bankroll upgrades to virtually Metra’s entire fleet and cover a new federal safety mandate.

Downed power line, mechanical issues create Metra headaches


Metra service along several lines serving the north, northwest and western suburbs was hindered Friday morning by gusty winds, strong rain and mechanical problems.

O’Hare’s June on-time performance dead last among major airports


O’Hare International Airport’s on-time performance came in dead last among 29 major U.S. airports in the month of June, new federal data released Thursday showed.

O’Hare dropped in both its rank among other airports and its on-time rate -- and for both departures and arrivals …

O’Hare plans to test new app to help international travelers


O’Hare International Airport hopes to test a new app that should allow international travelers to maneuver through customs on their cell phones from their airplane seats — while taxiing to arrival gates, a top aviation official said Friday.

Illinois No. 4 in nation for rush-hour highway congestion

Illinois expressways are jammed with the fourth-worst rush-hour congestion in the nation, a new report released Thursday indicates.

Chicago is second city in Bicycling Magazine’s rankings

Bicycling Magazine has named Chicago the No. 2 city in the nation for biking, an improvement from the Windy City’s last ranking of No. 5.

The second-place spot is a feather in the bike helmet of Mayor Rahm Emanuel, a cycling enthusiast who owns a …

Temporary cut in I-Pass fees marks opening of new Tri-State interchange


Starting Oct. 1, the cost to open an I-Pass account will be temporarily lowered as Illinois Tollway officials prepare for the October debut of the I-Pass-only Tri-State Tollway I-294/I-57 interchange.

Cars expected to swarm tollway this Labor Day as gas prices drop


This Labor Day weekend may well be the Illinois Tollway’s busiest ever just as Chicago area gas prices travel downward. U.S. motorists Wednesday were paying on average 11 cents a gallon less for regular unleaded gas than a year ago, and the lowest prices in …

Reduced CTA fares available for elementary, high school students

Elementary and high school students — public, parochial or private — are eligible for reduced CTA fares of 75 cents a ride with the appropriate student Ventra card, CTA officials reminded parents Tuesday.

State Street repaving is first major re-do in Loop since mall was removed

Chicago’s iconic State Street will get a $650,000 face lift starting sometime after Labor Day, with repaving to conclude before the Chicago Marathon on Oct 12. Repaving from Van Buren to Wacker should begin at some point after Labor Day — Sep. 1 — and …

Tollway to test new technology at I-Pass lanes on Tri-State


Starting next year, cars and trucks that exit the Touhy Avenue I-Pass toll booth lanes on the Tri-State Tollway will automatically drive through a tollway testing site 1500 feet later that officials say will be the first of its kind in the nation. Under a $2.7 million project announced Wednesday, the “living laboratory” will allow Tollway officials to try out new tolling options.

When I-294/I-57 link opens, drivers to get 30 days to pay missed tolls

The interchange will be the Tollway’s first interstate-to-interstate connection without toll booths on the main roadway for customers who wish to pay tolls in cash. This first phase of the $719 million Tri-State Tollway Interchange project is scheduled for completion in October.

Ald. Ameya Pawar trying to restart service on No. 11 bus route


He posted an online survey Wednesday as part of a campaign to resurrect part of the No. 11 Lincoln Avenue bus route that was killed off in 2012.

Noted artist to create $200K public artwork for Wilson CTA station

Cecil Balmond, who was born in Sri Lanka, lives in London and has won international recognition for his structural design, engineering and public art work. He also is the author of several books. He has collaborated several times with Anish Kapoor, who created Chicago’s “Cloud Gate” public sculpture.