| Nov 18, 2013
News briefs from Lake Forest, Libertyville and Vernon Hills.
Election officials are accepting candidate petitions for alderman positions through Wednesday during regular business hours. Petitions will also be...
| Nov 13, 2013
| 7:36 PM
Metra's board members need to be armed with new guidelines after the controversial ouster of former CEO Alex Clifford, including guidance on how to deal with patronage issues, a new report recommends.
One of those policies needs to spell out how Metra...
| Nov 12, 2013
| 5:22 AM
Stetson Siler of Oak Park went out to his mailbox one day last week, saw an envelope for a new Ventra card and wondered who would be getting one first, him or his wife.
Turns out, neither.
The disabled Air Force veteran, who was eagerly awaiting his...
| Nov 10, 2013
Veterans Day will be observed Monday. The following public services will be affected:
Schools: Many will be closed, but check with local school offices.
Government offices: Most buildings will be closed. Some driver services facilities normally open...
| Oct 31, 2013
| 5:27 PM
Metra monthly pass customers who also buy passes on CTA and Pace will receive new types of cards starting in December that are compatible with the Ventra fare payment system, officials said Thursday.
Unlike CTA and Pace, Metra is not yet participating...
| Oct 29, 2013
| 7:21 AM
Trains were delayed on Metra's Burlington Northern line this morning because of switching problems near west suburban Downers Grove.
Inbound and outbound trains were forced to stop so crew members could manually operate switches near Fairview Avenue,...
| Oct 28, 2013
| 6:54 PM
The CTA and Metra quickly shot down a proposal Monday to consolidate all borrowing authority for Chicago-area mass transit projects and equipment under their parent agency, the latest salvo in a fight over control of billions of regional transportation...
| Oct 23, 2013
It's last call for a fall bike ride. Want to belly up to the bar?
If the weather takes a warmer turn and you're in the market for a final ride before putting your bike away for the winter, consider these options — a city mouse/country mouse pair...
| Oct 22, 2013
| 7:45 AM
A wrap-up of news from the Tribune's breaking news desk.
• Metra trains were running on normal schedules this morning on the Milwaukee West Line, a day after a semi pulling a trailer of cars was struck by an inbound train at a crossing in Bartlett....
| Oct 21, 2013
| 5:14 PM
A semi-truck hauling a load of vehicles was struck by a Metra Milwaukee District West Line train in Bartlett, causing at least one train car to derail and leaving two passengers with minor injuries, officials said.
The accident happened at 3:38 p.m. as...
| Oct 20, 2013
| 7:02 PM
Thousands of weekday commuters will board the CTA Red Line on the Dan Ryan branch Monday for the first time in five months after a massive rebuild that will also deliver something its riders haven't experienced in decades: no slow zones.
| Oct 20, 2013
| 4:31 PM
Thousands of commuters will board the CTA Red Line along the Dan Ryan branch Monday for the first time in five months after a massive rebuild that will also deliver something its riders haven’t experienced in decades: zero slow zones.