| Mar 19, 2013
| 10:10 AM
A man was struck and killed by a Metra BNSF train this morning in Downers Grove, police said.
The man was hit by an eastbound train traveling on the southernmost tracks at Forest Avenue just before 10 a.m., according to Downers Grove Police Lt. Mike...
| Feb 27, 2013
| 12:04 PM
After sipping her way through Napa and Chicago, Diana Hamann took the plunge and opened the specialty wine shop she’d always dreamed of. Now from her shop on Main Street in Evanston, Hamann encourages oenophiles and novices alike to appreciate the...
| May 31, 2013
| 7:09 PM
SPRINGFIELD --- State lawmakers today approved compromise legislation to set up rules on who can carry concealed guns and where they can be carried.
Illinois is the last state in the nation not to have some form of concealed carry on the books, but a...
| Jun 3, 2013
| 5:14 PM
Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has filed a request with a federal appeals court asking for an additional 30 days to put in place a law that would allow citizens to carry guns in public.
The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals gave the state...
| Apr 1, 2013
| 10:01 AM
Trains were running 40-70 minutes late on the Rock Island line this morning after a person was struck and killed by a train around Townline Road near southwest suburban New Lenox, officials said.
The person was struck by train 402 around 5:45 a.m.,...
| Jun 18, 2013
| 8:12 PM
SPRINGFIELD — House Speaker Michael Madigan today dismissed any concern that Gov. Pat Quinn may veto the delicately negotiated concealed weapons legislation passed last month, saying he expected that lawmakers would overwhelmingly reject an...
| Jun 29, 2013
| 4:22 PM
The controversy over Metra's approval of a $740,000 severance package for its ousted CEO has cast a harsh spotlight on the commuter rail agency's little-known board of directors.
It's also revived a decades-old question of why Chicago's transportation...
| Jul 11, 2013
| 5:27 AM
Ousted Metra CEO Alex Clifford implicated at least two board members in a patronage complaint shortly before he began negotiating a generous severance package with the commuter rail system, officials publicly acknowledged for the first time Wednesday....
| Aug 13, 2013
| 5:31 PM
Gov. Pat Quinn's contentious choice for the CTA board resigned Tuesday, a casualty of party politics on the eve of a Democratic gathering where the governor is expected to be put on the defensive.
Thornton Township Supervisor Frank Zuccarelli stepped...
| Jun 23, 2013
Metra's board spent about 10 months screening 40 candidates during a nationwide search before selecting Los Angeles native Alex Clifford to be the commuter rail agency's CEO in February 2011.
On Friday, after several months of closed-door negotiations...
| Aug 27, 2013
| 12:18 PM
Gov. Pat Quinn vetoed a measure Tuesday that would have expanded the Regional Transportation’s Authority to issue no-bid contracts, arguing the agency should not be given more powers until a panel he formed can review operations following the...
| Jul 24, 2013
| 5:15 AM
SPRINGFIELD — Generous health care and pensions will go by the wayside for future political appointees overseeing the Chicago area's local bus and train service, but the current officeholders will get to keep the benefits until they are...