Two Additional Fatalities Linked to Defective Takata Airbags

Two additional deaths have been tied to faulty Takata airbags. Exploding inflators in the defective airbags have caused 11 fatalities in the U.S. so far. On March 31, a Texas teen was pronounced dead at the scene of an accident in which the 2002 Honda Civic she was driving rear-ended a Honda SUV. The faulty>> Read More

New Bill to Ban Anonymous Complaints Against Nursing Homes

A new controversial state bill aims to ban anonymous complaints against nursing homes by no longer accepting or investigating anonymous reports. Introduced by Representative Mike Unes and supported by nursing home lobbyists, H.B. 5601 would change Illinois’ Nursing Home Care Act and require people reporting complaints to provide their name and contact information. The Representative>> Read More

Illinois Police Cracking Down on Distracted Drivers in Work Zones

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, which means local and state law enforcement will be out in large numbers enforcing Illinois laws against distracted driving. In the state, the use of a hand-held cellphone while driving is illegal. Local, state and federal efforts are underway to continue to educate drivers about the serious risks and>> Read More

U.S. Fatal Pedestrian Accidents Climbing

Although vehicle improvements have made drivers and passengers increasingly safer, 2015 was a dangerous year for pedestrians in the United States. The number of pedestrians killed in fatal pedestrian accidents is projected to be 10 percent higher than the 2014 total of 4,884 deaths. The Governor’s Highway Safety Association reports that the projected 2015 totals>> Read More


Chicago Teachers Union Marches Through Downtown

Last Friday, the Chicago Teachers Union took to the streets for a one-day strike at city schools. Teachers and other supporters marched downtown after efforts have stalled to renew a contract that expired at the end of June. The march shut down the nation’s third largest school district for the day. The president of the>> Read More

Woman Killed in Car Struck by CTA Yellow Line Train

A Skokie woman was killed and another woman was critically injured when their vehicle collided with a CTA Yellow Line train. A CTA spokesperson said the two women were traveling southbound in a red Toyota at the railroad crossing at East Prairie Road between Oakton and Howard Yellow Line stations. As the vehicle entered the>> Read More

City of Chicago Refuses to Accept Fault for Pothole Damage

A Chicago woman says the city is liable for the damage to her car caused by a destructive pothole. The city, however, continues to deny her claim, despite a mountain of evidence. Emily Mensching was traveling on West Peterson when her car began shaking and she thought she blew a tire. It turned out, however,>> Read More