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Coverage of the CTA and Chicago-area transportation issues, from Metra to the Chicago L to rush-hour updates.

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Lightfoot softens $54 million ‘payoff’ charge against Uber

Instead of calling it a payoff, as she did Wednesday, the mayor on Thursday used "investments" to describe the offer she said was made to African-American ministers enlisted by Uber.

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SafeSpeed rep under federal scrutiny pushed Oak Lawn to issue more red-light-camera tickets

John O’Sullivan, who’s also a south suburban political operative, was part of an effort to pressure police to cite more drivers for violations, records and interviews show.

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Plane slides off snowy runway at O’Hare Airport; no one injured

The Chicago Fire Department responded about 7:45 a.m. to a plane that slid off a runway at the airport, according to department spokesman Larry Merritt.

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Red Line trains resume subway service after hazmat response in the Loop

Crews found a film on the tracks that turned out to be Ansul powder, a dry fire suppressant chemical, and cleared the Grand station to reopen, the fire department said.

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Person killed in crash on I-55 near La Grange

At least two lanes were closed as state police investigate the crash, officials said.

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Blue Line service resumes with delays after person jumps onto tracks at Belmont

Normal service was resuming with residual delays by 4:50 a.m., according to the CTA.

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Real ID? Real pain in the neck for Illinois residents trying to get one

Secretary of State’s driver’s license facilities are facing a crush of people wanting the cards. That means longer waits and long lines for everyone. And you might not even need the new ID.

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Here’s how to quickly boost use of public transit on the South Side and in the south suburbs

First, cut Metra fares. Then, integrate that agency with the CTA, so riders could use both in a single commute and pay just one full fare.

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1 dead in multi-vehicle crash involving semis on I-55 in Wilmington: state police

The crash involved three semitrailers and two passenger cars near Lorenzo Road.

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Driver cited for negligent driving, improper turn in crash that killed bicyclist in Irving Park

The driver stopped after the crash and told investigators he was turning on a green light when he heard screaming, police said.

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Northbound I-57 lanes reopened after shooting investigation

Lanes were shut down 159th to 147th until 6 p.m., state police said.

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Top mayoral aide defends $40 million congestion fee

Business Affairs and Consumer Protection Commissioner Rosa Escareno said nine out of 10 rides in Chicago neighborhoods are already shared and those passengers will get a discount.

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CTA ‘L’ board game debuts later this month

EL: The Chicago Transit Adventure! takes players on a train adventure across Chicago.

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Tesla under scrutiny by feds for battery, software issues

At least two dozen consumers have filed complaints with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, including a Chicago man who said his 2014 Tesla lost about 30 miles of range after a software update last May.

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Falling ice from Willis Tower prompts street closures

Adams Street was closed to vehicles and pedestrians between Wacker Drive and Wells Street.

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Boy, 13, struck and killed by Red Line train near Harrison

A 13-year-old boy sustained blunt force trauma to the head, and was pronounced dead on the scene, authorities said.

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Airlines cancel more than 200 flights at O’Hare, Midway amid Halloween snowstorm

The cancelations come amid a winter weather advisory in effect until 6 p.m. Thursday, stretching from Chicago to Rockford.

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Golf Road repairs to cause closures in Schaumburg

The work is expected to be completed by the end of December, IDOT said.

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CTA Red, Purple, Yellow line service resumes on North Side

Service on all three lines resumed with residual delays shortly before 3:50 p.m., according to the CTA.

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Red Line trains resume normal service after track issue shuts down subway for 3 hours

The CTA was providing supplemental southbound bus shuttles between Fullerton and State/Lake, the spokesperson said.

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Downed tree, power lines cleared from Metra Rock Island tracks in Beverly

The tracks were cleared and trains were approved to resume movement through the Beverly sub-branch shortly after 3 p.m., Metra officials said.

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Distracted driving lawsuit against the city gets stronger

Internal documents show the city shifted distracted driving tickets from administrative hearings to Traffic Court in 2015, but spent two more years collecting $3.2 million in fines from motorists whose tickets were issued before then.

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CTA Red, Purple and Yellow Lines resume service after person struck by train on North Side

Authorities responded to calls of a woman who was hit by a Purple Line train near the Loyola station.

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Person with loaded 9mm arrested at O’Hare security checkpoint: police

The officers saw an image of a firearm on the x-ray screen and searched the bag, police said.

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Amtrak train strikes vehicle in Morton Grove; injures 1

The vehicle attempted to drive around the crossing gates about 6:45 a.m. on Lincoln Avenue when it was struck by the train behind its rear wheels.

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Parking ticket writing, booting drop in Chicago

Based on the first six months of the year, Chicago is on a pace to write 13.4% fewer parking tickets in 2019 than it did in 2018. Booting also is declining, and is on track to be down 8% this year compared to last.

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Normal Red Line service resumes after reroute due to reports of smoke at Grand

By 5:57 a.m., Red Line service was being rerouted to elevated tracks between Fullerton and Cermak-Chinatown., according to the CTA.

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Overnight lane closures on La Grange Road scheduled in Willow Springs, Justice

Traffic on La Grange Road will be reduced to a single lane with intermittent full closures lasting about 15 minutes each, from midnight to 5 a.m., the Illinois Tollway said.

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Westbound I-80 lanes blocked due to vehicle crash in Lansing

Authorities were called shortly after 7:30 a.m. for a single-vehicle crash near Torrence Avenue, state police said.

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No CTA fare increases, service cuts in 2020 budget

The announcement Thursday comes despite declining CTA ridership.

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Man struck, killed by vehicle on Dan Ryan Expressway

The man, 56, was trying to run across the northbound lanes about 4:10 p.m. when he was hit by a vehicle near 83rd Street, Illinois State Police said.

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Pritzker releases details of $23.5B road construction plan, touted as ‘investing on the front end’

The money will go toward maintaining 4,212 miles of roadways and 9.2 million square feet of bridges, according to the governor’s office.