| Oct 1, 2013
| 11:31 AM
A standoff involving a man with a rifle and a large knife that started late this morning at a South Loop rail yard ended peacefully a little after 1 p.m.
Police were called to the scene of the standoff south of Roosevelt Road at Lumber Street, west of...
| Nov 12, 2013
| 5:22 AM
Stetson Siler of Oak Park went out to his mailbox one day last week, saw an envelope for a new Ventra card and wondered who would be getting one first, him or his wife.
Turns out, neither.
The disabled Air Force veteran, who was eagerly awaiting his...
| Nov 18, 2013
News briefs from Lake Forest, Libertyville and Vernon Hills.
Election officials are accepting candidate petitions for alderman positions through Wednesday during regular business hours. Petitions will also be...
| Nov 18, 2013
As the nation's second-largest transit system struggles to debug the unruly Ventra fare-payment system, another apparent Ventra glitch is also testing the patience of some customers.
The culprit this time is the Chicago Transit Authority's Ventra...
| Nov 27, 2013
| 5:38 AM
Rena Church isn't asking to take a slobbering Saint Bernard on a Metra train to Chicago. She simply wants to bring Rula, a 12-pound Chihuahua mix that fits inside a backpack, along for the ride from Aurora to Union Station.
"She's so portable," said...
| Dec 5, 2013
| 4:02 PM
Sen. Dick Durbin today is calling on Metra to clarify its position on implementing a safety system that experts say would have prevented two serious Metra derailments in 2003 and 2005 and possibly the fatal crash Sunday on a commuter rail line in New York...
| Dec 8, 2013
Rena Church, the public art director for the city of Aurora, is a nice, pleasant person. And she has a cute, tiny dog, a Chihuahua mix named Rula.
Their dream? To do what is now forbidden: ride together on Metra.
Rena can almost envision the...
| Dec 2, 2013
The following items were taken from police reports:
•A couple stole $460 from the rear pocket of a Chicago man they approached from the rear on the 0-100 block of Madison Street at 11:30 a.m. Nov. 26.
•Two men wearing dark face...
| Sep 8, 2013
| 6:10 PM
The CTA and Pace on Monday will make their big rollout of a next-generation fare-payment system while beginning to phase out transit cards that have provided many years of dependable service but are showing signs of age.
Through early next year, the...
| Sep 9, 2013
| 2:52 PM
Wheeling officials have given a preliminary green light to a massive redevelopment that will create a downtown center for the village, although the extent of government-backed financial incentives for the project hasn't been fully decided.
| Sep 10, 2013
| 7:34 PM
Metra's board of directors will be getting its first Hispanic member with the appointment Tuesday of former federal judge Manuel Barbosa of Elgin.
Kane County Board Chairman Chris Lauzen named Barbosa to the commuter rail agency's board along with the...
| Sep 11, 2013
| 4:42 PM
The embattled Metra board will lose yet another member after a severance scandal that engulfed the commuter rail agency this past summer, officials said Wednesday.
Board member William Widmer will leave the agency as soon as Cook County commissioners...