Illinois

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
March 6, 2007, 5am PST
<p>Chicago Transit Authority board members prefer to drive, leading the mass transit riding public to think they don't understand system problems.</p>
The Chicago Tribune
March 2, 2007, 6am PST
<p>Architect Helmut Jahn's design for a new single-room occupancy building on the edge of Chicago's former Cabrini Green project gets high marks, but some criticize the cost of using high-end architects for affordable housing.</p>
The Chicago Tribune
February 27, 2007, 8am PST
<p>Chicago Mayor Richard Daley proposed a revised version of a crosstown expressway his father, former Mayor Richard J. Daley, first envisioned almost 30 years ago. The mayor's new plan for a Mid-City Transitway would utilize existing rights of way.</p>
The Chicago Tribune
February 1, 2007, 8am PST
<p>Chicago is keen to use porous asphalt and paving for new transportation projects, touting its environmental benefits, but questions remain about its long term effectiveness -- including its ability to withstand Chicago winters.</p>
The Chicago Tribune
January 24, 2007, 6am PST
<p>As more seniors and empty nesters seek to reclaim the downtown lifestyle of their youth, small towns across America are experiencing a second chance at economic vitality.</p>
The New York Times
January 1, 2007, 1pm PST
<p>A battle is raging in rural Illinois over a proposed multi-county water authority that would control the use and tax of water within the heavily farmed region. Many farmers fear a loss of control, and developers anticipate more restrictions.</p>
The Chicago Tribune
December 15, 2006, 8am PST
<p>A back door plan to use eminent domain to provide additional parking for a main street shopping district creates outrage in a Chicago area community.</p>
The Chicago Tribune