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Class action lawsuit challenges Chicago's lucrative car-impounding 'racket'

City collected $28 million in 2017, seizes cars whose owners did nothing wrong

City collected $28 million in 2017, seizes cars whose owners did nothing wrong.

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Chicago Car2Go app reportedly hacked, some 100 cars missing

Stolen cars used to commit crimes, says CBS Chicago

CBS Chicago is reporting that some of the missing cars have been used to commit crimes.

Here's how much ride-sharing is keeping drunk drivers off the road

Partiers using Uber or Lyft — and with far fewer DUIs, it's saving lives

For better or worse, transportation network companies (TNCs) like Uber and Lyft have transformed how people get around in urban areas in the U.S. The worse portion comes mostly from Uber's near-constant controversy and the way TNCs have decimated the livelihood of taxi and limo drivers — and even driven some to suicide. The better part is they give people a better and cheaper option than taxis. Now there's evidence that TNCs are putting a dent in drunk driving, thanks to people using Uber

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Lyft to pay Chicago residents $550 to park their car for a month

The company wants to show how expensive car ownership can be

The company wants to show how expensive car ownership can be.

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UPDATED: The Boring Company chosen to build O'Hare high-speed rail loop

Elon Musk says 16-person cars will depart every 30 seconds

The Boring Company's loop connection could deliver passengers between Chicago and the O'Hare Airport in just 12 minutes.

Elon Musk's Boring Company to bid for Chicago downtown-to-airport link

Real-world application of futuristic pod travel?

The bids are supposed to be for high-speed rail, but The Boring Company isn't necessarily excluded.

Cell phone thieves target gridlocked drivers

The Chicago Police Department released a statement last week warning drivers to be on the lookout for cell-phone thieves snatching phones out of cars stuck in heavy traffic.

Chicago thief inadvertently saves dog stuck in hot truck

A Chicago area German shepherd was saved from certain death in a hot car by an unlikely good Samaritan–a smash and grab thief.

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Zipcar tests pay-per-mile pricing system for short trips

The car-sharing company is looking into a cheaper option for those quick errands.

Want a Zipcar for just a few miles? It's possible in some test markets in the US.

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Dashcam shows Chicago police beating woman in front of her children

Reverend Catherine Brown is suing the Chicago Police Department over a 2013 traffic stop where she says she was the victim of excessive force.

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Dealer sues Volkswagen over $5M diesel scandal loss

VW dealer Napleton Automotive is taking legal action.

Chicagoland Volkswagen dealer owner sues automaker because of the effects of the diesel-emissions scandal.

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Lyft, GM will now rent you a car for your ride hailing job

Chicago, DC, Boston will be first to get Express Drive rental program.

General Motors and Lyft will launch Express Drive in April specifically targeted for ride-hailing drivers who need vehicles.

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Study finds more accidents after red-light cameras installed

One Big Florida City Will Consider Getting Rid Of Cameras In Wake Of Findings

In the same week a federal jury convicted a Chicago transportation official of taking bribes from a leading red-light camera company, city council members in another American city said they felt duped by promises of improved safety.

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Chicago cops are intentionally damaging cruiser dashcams

Maintenance Logs: 80 Percent Of Department's Dashcams Don't Record Audio

After waiting several months, the Chicago police officer who shot and killed Laquan McDonald finally had a broken dashcam in his squad car repaired on June 17, 2014. A day later, it was reported broken again.

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Uber driver with concealed carry permit stops gunman

A Chicago Uber driver ended a gunman's rampage last Friday when he pulled out his own handgun and shot the shooter.

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BYD to lease 200 E6 EVs to Uber for testing

Uber is working with BYD to lease the automaker's E6 five-door hatchback EV to the ridesharing drivers in Chicago, as part of the pilot program. The test already includes about 25 drivers and could grow to around 200.

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350Green EV charging company execs accused of fraud

Company Secured $3 Million in Federal Contracts

350Green executives are charged with fraud over vehicle-charging networks planned for Chicago.

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Shorter yellow lights in Chicago could mean more tickets, new mayor

A story on FiveThirtyEight suggests that Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's bid for a second term could be derailed by the controversial red-light camera program there, with particularly short yellow-light times showering drivers with $100 citations.

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2016 Mitsubishi Outlander confirmed for New York debut

While detailing the Concept GC-PHEV at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show, Mitsubishi confirms that it is debuting the refreshed 2016 Outlander at the 2015 New York Auto Show in April.

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