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  • Technology inspires new generation of train watchers

      Technology inspires new generation of train watchers
    While Metra commuters file onto their usual trains at Ogilvie Transportation Center, Fred Van Dorpe frantically weaves from one platform to the next with a hand-held video camera strapped to his palm. In a matter of minutes, the 20-year-old from Chicago...
  • Volunteers dig in at renovated Glenview park

     Volunteers dig in at renovated Glenview park
    Board members of the Glenview Park Foundation put the final touches on the newly-renovated Jackman Park by planting more than 200 shrubs, trees and other plants. Karen Paszkiewicz, who was focused on snapdragons and other perennials, said helping was...
  • Phone app could be wave of future for Metra

    Phone app could be wave of future for Metra
    A smartphone-based ticket program used in Boston may be in the future for Metra riders as the rail agency's possible response to the CTA's Ventra card, officials say. Commuters in the Massachusetts Bay area download tickets on their iPhones or Android...
  • McHenry County gets new representative on RTA board

    McHenry County gets new representative on RTA board
    A businessman and former member of the McHenry County Board will represent the county on the Regional Transportation Authority starting in January. Blake Hobson, 51, of Lakewood, was named by County Board Chairwoman Tina Hill to replace longtime...
  • How Madigan builds his patronage army

     How Madigan builds his patronage army
    When House Speaker Michael Madigan accidentally triggered a patronage scandal at the Metra commuter rail agency, it was the result of two extraordinary events. First his request to boost the Metra salary of a longtime political worker was refused....
  • Dangerous temps, wind chills hit Chicago area

    Dangerous temps, wind chills hit Chicago area
    A dangerous cold front was expected to bring the Chicago area to a crawl Monday, with a flurry of school closings, flight and train cancellations and calls for the public to avoid temperatures expected to drop to at least 10 below zero. Powerful,...
  • Worst may be over: Temperatures up to 5 Tuesday

    Worst may be over: Temperatures up to 5 Tuesday
    Chicago residents face another bitterly cold day Tuesday, as the region continues to grapple with a deadly arctic freeze that has closed most area schools for the second consecutive day and wreaked havoc on the region’s mass transit system. Though...
  • After Metra cancels trains, more woes expected Tuesday

    After Metra cancels trains, more woes expected Tuesday
    If Monday weren’t enough of an arctic adventure for Chicago area commuters, Tuesday has the potential for more of the same double-digit, subzero temperatures that threaten to wreak havoc with morning travel. After a day marred by delays on every...
  • Arctic invader puts much of Midwest in deep freeze

    Arctic invader puts much of Midwest in deep freeze
    A brutal "polar vortex" gripped much of the Midwest on Monday, pushing temperatures to record subzero lows, grounding more than 4,000 flights and prompting authorities to urge residents to stay home or go to emergency warming shelters. In Chicago,...
  • Metra: Most trains will run during evening rush

    Metra: Most trains will run during evening rush
    Metra is planning to run normal schedules on most of its lines this evening, but disruptions will remain on the Burlington Northern Sante Fe line, officials said. "With the exception of BNSF, the rest of the 11 lines are prepared to run their normal...
  • Morning commute fitful but better as temperatures rise

    Morning commute fitful but better as temperatures rise
    After two days of major disruptions and cancellations, Metra trains ran normal schedules this morning though some commuters waited more than half an hour in the cold because of delays. Most of the delays were on the Burlington Northern Sante Fe line,...