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  • Man struck, killed by Metra train in Downers Grove

    Man struck, killed by Metra train in Downers Grove
    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...
  • Business profile: The Wine Goddess

    Business profile: The Wine Goddess
    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...
  • Illinois lawmakers approve concealed carry gun bill

    Illinois lawmakers approve concealed carry gun bill
    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...
  • Madigan asks for 30 more days on concealed carry law

    Madigan asks for 30 more days on concealed carry law
    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...
  • Person struck and killed by Rock Island train

    Person struck and killed by Rock Island train
    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.,...
  • Speaker Madigan not worried about Quinn on gun control measure

    Speaker Madigan not worried about Quinn on gun control measure
    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...
  • CEO severance controversy puts Metra board in harsh spotlight

    CEO severance controversy puts Metra board in harsh spotlight
    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...
  • Ex-Metra CEO accused board members of pressing him to hire pals

    Ex-Metra CEO accused board members of pressing him to hire pals
    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....
  • Quinn CTA appointee drops out after Daley criticism

    Quinn CTA appointee drops out after Daley criticism
    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...
  • Next stop for Metra: A pro or a politician to run agency?

    Next stop for Metra: A pro or a politician to run agency?
    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...
  • Quinn vetoes bill to loosen transit agency contracting rules

    Quinn vetoes bill to loosen transit agency contracting rules
    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...
  • New law bans Metra board pensions, health coverage

    New law bans Metra board pensions, health coverage
    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...