| Aug 15, 2013
| 8:43 AM
Gov. Pat Quinn has appointed a 15-member commission to review oversight at the Regional Transportation Authority and recommend ways to prevent fraud and abuse following the recent accusations of political patronage at Metra.
Members of the panel...
| Aug 12, 2013
In response to letter-writer George Ranney’s August 7 piece (“Getting our dysfunctional transit system back on track”), I understand the concern he and others show regarding the issues impacting Metra, along with the desire to make...
| Aug 13, 2013
| 2:16 PM
Metra announced earlier this month that it would close the grade crossing near the 179th Street station in Orland Park from Aug. 15 to 21 for routine maintenance.
The crossing, located on 179th near Southwest Highway, will be closed from 9 a.m. Thursday...
| 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...
| Aug 6, 2013
| 6:15 PM
U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush defended his role in a controversial South Side rail project Tuesday, saying racially biased reporting unfairly characterized his recommendation that Metra pay $50,000 to a little-known Washington, D.C., group to monitor minority...
| Aug 5, 2013
| 5:11 PM
Gov. Pat Quinn on Monday accused the Regional Transportation Authority of failing to properly oversee operations at Metra, saying he will appoint a panel to come up with recommendations on how to revamp the agency amid accusations of political patronage...
| Aug 5, 2013
If given the option, would you pay $2.25 or $3 to ride a CTA train?
It's not a silly question. As the CTA moves to the Ventra regional transit fare-payment system — starting Monday among some university students — the agency will temporarily...
| Jul 30, 2013
| 7:13 PM
A second Metra board member has resigned in the wake of the controversy over the $718,000 severance package awarded to the agency's ousted CEO and the furor over patronage allegations involving House Speaker Michael Madigan.
Paul Darley, who represented...
| Aug 2, 2013
| 5:00 AM
Embattled Metra Chairman Brad O'Halloran has resigned his post, becoming the third board member to quit amid allegations of political back-scratching at the commuter rail agency.
O'Halloran, 58, served as the face of the ongoing scandal as he spent much...
| Jul 29, 2013
| 6:04 PM
Chicago-area transit commuters are poised to take a big step toward a regional fare card next month, when Ventra begins rolling out for CTA and Pace customers, officials announced Monday.
The new transit fare-collection system will be phased in by the...
| Jul 18, 2013
Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan thinks I put bad ideas into people's heads.
"It sounds to me like you've been reading too much John Kass," she told reporters, rather curtly, on Wednesday.
She said this as her father, House Speaker Michael...
| Jul 25, 2013
| 4:42 PM
The widow of a man killed in 2004 after being hit by a Metra train is suing the commuter rail agency, saying it acted negligently and is responsible for a crossing gate failing to lower in time.
Gerald S. Sexton, the lawsuit says, was driving his Ford...