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Transportation

‘Photo petitions’ show impact of 31st street bus for riders

Former federal prosecutor backs out of Metra inquiry

Metra could hire ex-federal prosecutor Collins for probe

Speed cameras to hit Chicago streets next month, contractor says

Mell to urge Metra board to resign

American debuts faster check-in system for international first-class, other travelers at O’Hare

Political patronage in Illinois

County to have new parking tax rates, possible parental leave policy

The Cook County board signed off on a measure Wednesday that would replace the county’s tiered parking tax structure with a percentage-based rate, a system the county says has been implemented in cities such as Philadelphia and New York.

Commissioners approved a 6 percent tax rate for daily parking and a 9 percent rate for weekly and monthly parking that will take effect Sept. 1. The change was made possible by a state law passed earlier this year that allows the county to implement the new structure.

Little clarified in marathon RTA session on Clifford resignation

In a six-hour hearing on Wednesday, Alex Clifford, the recently departed executive director of Metra, testified that Metra Board chairman Brad O’Halloran and board member Larry Huggins forced Clifford out of his job for not playing ball on several alleged instances of political patronage. O’Halloran and Huggins, meanwhile, offered a completely different version of events in their own lengthy testimony before the Regional Transportation Authority board.

Ex-Metra CEO raps Madigan 'character flaw' as new charges fly

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