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

The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events oversees the station. A spokesman said it closes indefinitely at 5 p.m. on Sept. 30, and the department is “currently exploring options to determine the best use of this space.”
The Cook County Vehicle License, or a wheel tax, is an annual fee that allows cars registered in unincorporated Cook County to legally drive on roads.
As Republicans called for the Far South Side legislator to resign altogether, Jones III has yet to publicly address the charges against him.
Pace would introduce Pace-CTA passes offering unlimited rides between both agencies for one or three days, under plan. The one-day pass would be $5, and the three-day pass would be $15.
Innovative Parking already is authorized to boot vehicles on private lots in 34 of Chicago’s 50 wards. But the company’s efforts to expand its operations citywide stalled in the Chicago City Council Wednesday.
The son of former Illinois Senate President Emil Jones Jr. is also charged with lying to the FBI.
If the ordinance is approved by the full City Council, merchants across the city would be allowed to contract with private companies to patrol private lots and prevent motorists from parking in spaces reserved for their customers.
The tentative labor agreement averts a strike that could have been devastating to the economy before the midterm elections.
At a Budget Committee meeting on Wednesday, Ald. Pat Dowell pressured Motoworks owner Johnny Scheff to include in his motorcycle curriculum a review of Chicago’s rules of the road, as well as ordinances that prohibit riders from causing chaos.
Buckner said he wants to improve service, add dedicated bus lanes and possibly a new Metra line.
In anticipation of a freight railroad workers’ strike that would immediately suspend travel on four of its lines, Metra said it has been forced to limit service on some of those lines Thursday evening.
Amtrak suspended routes from Chicago to Los Angeles, Chicago to Seattle and Chicago to San Francisco. It also suspended trains running from Los Angeles to San Antonio.
The latest ownership change is expected to generate about $25 million in real estate transaction taxes, enough to cut in half Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s $42.7 million property tax increase — though the mayor’s office refused to say how the funds would be used.
The two new TV ads feature the former state treasurer playing basketball with children as he promises to fight corruption and improve services at driver’s license facilities. “With modernized services, saving time and money could be a slam dunk,” he says in one.
Samuel Bell was struck by a driver Thursday in River West. He’s the second cyclist killed on Milwaukee Avenue this year.
The roadway on Wood Street/Ashland Avenue that stretches 3 miles between 138th and 161st streets has largely remained untouched for nearly a century — only receiving occasional resurfacing.
The Appellate Court ruled Circuit Judge Pamela McLean Myerson was wrong to toss the case in August 2021 by finding the plaintiffs lacked legal standing.
Nick Damato, 18, was driving south about 11:20 p.m. on Interstate 90 near Sayre Avenue when he lost control of his motorcycle and was struck by a vehicle.
Deaths on Illinois roads jumped by about 24% in the first quarter of this year compared to the same time last year. Experts say the pandemic forces driving a nationwide increase aren’t showing signs of slowing down soon.
“It really sucks that you can’t protect yourself,” says woman who was attacked along with her daughter and godson, “and the people you’re relying on can’t protect you.”
A 19-year-old suburban man is facing felony charges for allegedly driving toward a police sergeant, and another man had his car impounded — but otherwise, the mayhem went on for two straight nights.
The illegal street takeovers, organized and fueled by social media, resulted in clashes with police late Friday on the Far South Side, but the mayhem ended up in the heart of downtown.