Illinois

May 23, 2007, 10am PDT
<p>Planners in Illinois are learning that farmers don't necessarily want their land protected from development -- as many are counting on cashing out the value of their land at some point.</p>
Medill Reports
May 16, 2007, 11am PDT
<p>As Chicago nears completion of the Deep Tunnel project, two local architects have proposed a new eco-friendly water plan for the city.</p>
Chicago Reader
May 15, 2007, 12pm PDT
<p>Chicago Mayor Richard Daley's plan to require developers to set aside part of new projects as affordable housing passed by a vote of 44-2.</p>
The Chicago Tribune
May 14, 2007, 12pm PDT
<p>Unlike the stations in many global cities, toilets in Chicago's main transit system are off-limits to most customers. However, plans are developing to install self-cleaning toilets in many of the system's stations.</p>
The Chicago Tribune
May 11, 2007, 11am PDT
<p>In suburbs across Illinois, residents are joining forces to fight against the creation of sidewalks, which they view as a threat to their communities' rural character and their very security.</p>
The Chicago Tribune
May 11, 2007, 5am PDT
<p>More and more suburban Illinois communities are streaming their public hearings over the web, enabling more people to follow their local democratic process -- a trend being seen across the country.</p>
The Chicago Tribune
May 4, 2007, 12pm PDT
<p>With little interest from the governor, Illinois transit officials are predicting that budget cuts will dramatically reduce transit service, especially in the suburban Chicago area. They have been unsuccessful in rallying lawmakers to boost funding.</p>
The Chicago Tribune
April 26, 2007, 6am PDT
<p>Two new developments may finally bring an end to a long streak of bad luck for a site in downtown Chicago, where projects just couldn't seem to get finished. The city changed its development strategy and is hoping the new projects revive the site.</p>
The New York Times
April 16, 2007, 1pm PDT
<p>The controversial practice of demolishing all but the exterior of a historic building doesn't serve to preserve that past or encourage new architecture, argues architecture critic Blair Kamin.</p>
The Chicago Tribune
April 15, 2007, 9am PDT
<p>Transit officials in Chicago plan to introduce a fare card that riders will be able to use on the city's three public transportation systems.</p>
The Chicago Tribune
April 9, 2007, 2pm PDT
<p>Preservationists have petitioned the city and stopped a homeowner from tearing down the 1950s ranch-style home he recently purchased, citing the home's historic value.</p>
The Chicago Tribune
April 9, 2007, 10am PDT
<p>A number of historic buildings in Chicago are being preserved -- but only on the outside. Developers have bent the rules of preservation to repurpose historic buildings as parking garages and luxury condos while preserving only their facades.</p>
The Chicago Tribune
April 4, 2007, 11pm PDT
<p>While public transit trips have been increasing, funding the systems remains a chronic problem, illustrated by the woes facing the Chicago El. This editorial urges Congress to increase the gas tax to provide all transit systems more revenue.</p>
The New York Times
March 29, 2007, 2pm PDT
<p>Santiago Calatrava unveils his Chicago Spire -- slated to be the tallest building in the nation -- in three dimensions to a mostly appreciative audience.</p>
The Chicago Tribune
March 27, 2007, 12pm PDT
<p>For Chicago's El, big decisions must be made to modernize the nations' second largest transit system and alleviate it routine budget shortfalls.</p>
The New York Times
March 26, 2007, 6am PDT
<p>The first of its kind development is hoping to transform the booming interest in all things green into, well, green.</p>
Business Week
March 22, 2007, 5am PDT
<p>Developers in Ozark, Illinois have incorporated a historic cemetery into a downtown revitalization project, hoping to create usable open space for the community.</p>
Springfield News-Leader
March 21, 2007, 6am PDT
<p>San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, whose city has typically been recognized for its environmental leadership, recently visited Chicago to observe the pioneering work of Mayor Daley in implementing green building principles and gather new ideas.</p>
The Chicago Tribune
March 20, 2007, 8am PDT
<p>Though only a few towers remain from Chicago's notorious Cabrini Green housing project, new and old problems persist.</p>
The New York Times
March 9, 2007, 8am PST
As part of a federal plan to accelerate the planning of new multistate highway corridors, Indiana is rallying support for a 63-mile, privately-funded tollway to connect the state to neighboring Illinois.
Northwest Indiana Times