Tag: traffic

Joliet Police Officer Charged in Crash That Killed Berwyn Officer – NBC Chicago

Authorities say a suburban police officer was charged with driving under the influence in connection with a crash on Interstate 55 early Sunday that killed an officer from another suburban police department. Erin Zilka, 35, was charged with misdemeanor DUI in connection with the crash that took place at around 6:02 a.m. on I-55 at U.S. Route 30 near Plainfield, according to police. Zilka was driving a Dodge Durango in which 33-year-old Charles Schauer, of Glen Ellyn, was a passenger, according to police, who said the vehicle was headed southbound when it crashed into a box truck. Police said that ... Read more

Patrick Kane Gets 1,000th Point, Blackhawks Beat Jets 5-2 – NBC Chicago

Patrick Kane reached 1,000 career points when he picked up an assist on Brandon Saad’s third-period goal, and the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Winnipeg Jets 5-2 on Sunday night for their season-high fifth straight win. Kane became the 90th player in NHL history to reach the milestone with 5:46 left. The All-Star winger passed from behind the net to Ryan Carpenter in the right circle. Carpenter then fed a wide-open Saad at the left side of the net for an easy tap-in before goalie Connor Hellebuyck could slide across the crease. The 31-year-old Kane got an extended ovation from the ... Read more

20 Tips for Commuting During Winter Weather – NBC Chicago

Commuting in dangerously cold and snowy weather isn’t easy. So when the temperatures drop and the snow starts to fall, what can you do to stay safe? Here are 20 tips from Chicago-area transit agencies for commuting in winter weather: Chicago Transit Authority Stay informed on service changes via numerous channels Sign up for real-time email and text alerts including at transitchicago.com/alerts CTA makes regular bus and train announcements, listen for them Follow CTA Twitter account @cta Use CTA Bus Tracker and Train Tracker to get real-time arrival information Metra Email alerts – Customers can sign up to receive service ... Read more

Deputy Hit by Drunk Driver While Blocking Traffic at Fatal Crash – NBC Chicago

An auxiliary sheriff’s deputy was struck by a drunk driver Monday evening while blocking traffic at a crash that killed an 82-year-old man and injured another in north suburban Volo. In the first crash, the 82-year-old Lake Zurich man was driving a Mazda convertible about 5:55 p.m. when he crossed the median for an unknown reason into the northbound lanes approaching Route 12 near Volo Village Road, Lake County sheriff’s office spokesman Chris Covelli said. The Mazda hit a northbound Toyota driven by a 20-year-old man from Lake in the Hills, Covelli said. The Toyota then spun into a southbound ... Read more

Busy Holiday Travel Season Kicks Off Friday – NBC Chicago

The holiday travel season kicks into full gear Friday, with crowded airports and roadways expected. The American Automobile Association, known as AAA, began tracking the holiday season 20 years ago – and the group is predicting more Americans than ever on record will travel this holiday season. AAA estimates 115.6 million Americans will travel between Saturday and Jan. 1, marking a 3.9% increase (or 4.3 million more people) over last year. The group says more than 104 million people will drive to their destinations, with traffic predicted to be the worst on Dec. 26. One positive element to road travel? ... Read more

Police Demand Google Maps Remove New ‘Speed Trap’ Feature – CBS Chicago

(CBS Local) — Police across the country are expressing concern about a new feature coming to Google Maps that allows users around the world to track the real-time location of officers. In a new effort to compete with traffic app Waze, which is owned by Google, Google Maps is adding new features to its update, including the ability to see where officers are catching speeders. Android users have been able to report crashes, speed traps and traffic slowdowns right on the app since 2018. However, those features had been unavailable to iOS users — until last week, according to a ... Read more

Suburban Police Receive Boost from Cook County Sheriff

Police in three south suburban Chicago communities are getting a boost in manpower from their Cook County counterparts to help prevent future crimes. Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart has forged new partnerships with the mayors of Dolton, Harvey and Riverdale that provide for sheriff’s officers to conduct traffic stops in those areas while local police focus more on responding to emergencies and 911 calls. Dart said crime has increased in these three suburbs in recent years and the local governments have been faced with budget challenges and police shortages. “These towns don’t know when they’re going to have their big ... Read more

Chicago Area Roads Blocked Due To Flash Flooding; Morning Commute Impacted – CBS Chicago

CHICAGO (CBS) — Flooding and standing water is blocking roads around the Chicago area and impacting the morning commute Thursday after heavy overnight rain. #Traffic Alert: Emergency lane closures in Highland Park this morning! Northbound US 41, two right lanes are closed from Lake-Cook Rd to Clavey Rd until Friday. — Yasmeen Hassan (@YasmeenTV) October 3, 2019 Rough overnight with over 2″ of rain in parts of Cook County. Now — the radar looks much better. Flooding should be receding if not gone already. @CBSChicago pic.twitter.com/X9rYCyOyvt — Megan Glaros (@MeganGlaros) October 3, 2019 High standing water at the northbound Belmont/Kedzie ... Read more

Truck Carrying 72,000 Pounds Of Chocolate Catches Fire On Interstate – CBS Chicago

ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. (CBS Local) — A tractor-trailer carrying some sweet cargo caught fire Wednesday afternoon in Missouri, closing the westbound lanes of a major interstate for several hours. The tractor-trailer carrying 72,000 pounds of chocolate caught fire at around 1 p.m. along I-255 near at Telegraph Road in St. Louis County, CBS affiliate KMOV reported. All westbound lanes were closed for a period of time. The final lane wasn’t finally re-opened until a little past 6 p.m. Tractor trailer fire shuts down I-255 in St. Louis County, roadway will be closed into rush hour https://t.co/cboMaYkRgB #KMOV pic.twitter.com/670HqQex7Z — ... Read more

Multiple Ramps on Jane Byrne Interchange to Reopen Saturday Morning

Multiple ramps on Chicago’s Jane Byrne Interchange will reopen on Saturday morning, a move that is expected to bring relief to drivers. According to the Illinois Department of Transportation, the following ramps will open by 8 a.m. on Saturday: the ramp from the inbound Dan Ryan Expressway to inbound Ida B. Wells Drive, as well as the second lane of the inbound Dan Ryan “flyover” ramp to the outbound Eisenhower Expressway and the Morgan Street exit ramp. In order for the ramps to reopen, closures are expected from midnight until 8 a.m. on Saturday. During that time, drivers are urged ... Read more

Metra Adds Service on Some Lines for Taste of Chicago

Metra is adding trains and making changes to schedules on some lines to accommodate people attending the Taste of Chicago. The commuter rail agency says there will be extra trains on its BNSF line when the festival begins Wednesday in downtown Chicago. The changes will remain in place throughout the five-day event. Additional inbound trains will operate along the Union Pacific West line on Saturday. The updated schedule is available online . Metra CEO Jim Derwinski says the service was added to two of the agency’s busiest lines. Alcohol will not be allowed on Metra after 7 p.m. on Friday ... Read more

Lifting Lake Shore Drive Bridge Causing Longer Than Usual Delays – CBS Chicago

CHICAGO (CBS) — Longer than usual delays due to bridge lifts are affecting drivers on Lake Shore Drive, and the Chicago Department of Transportation is urging drivers to avoid the area. Lifting and lowering the Lake Shore Drive Bridge over the Chicago River for the weekly sailboat run is taking longer than usual due to ongoing rehabilitation work on the bridge, CDOT said. CDOT said the bridge closure could last 45 minutes or longer. The process was set to take place around noon Saturday, closing Lower Lake Shore Drive and Upper Lake Shore Drive in both directions. CDOT said message ... Read more

Long-Term Construction On Eisenhower Expressway Causing Delays – CBS Chicago

CHICAGO (CBS)– Rush hour is getting worse on the Eisenhower due to a long-term construction project. Drivers were met with change on the inbound Eisenhower Monday morning. Construction lane changes caused stop and go traffic. The lane reconfiguration in this construction slowed and IDOT’s Guy Tridgell said any change causes traffic headaches. The tricky part is it’s always that first day that’s going to be different,” Tridgell said. “People are getting used to the new configuration and then we also have people out there doing work at that time. So, the rush hour out there this morning was a little ... Read more