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Amy Rutledge


Chicago, IL, United States

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Past articles by Amy:

Woman, 38, shot in West Englewood: police

CHICAGO — A 38-year-old woman was shot Tuesday afternoon in the city's West Englewood neighborhood, according to Chicago police. Police said the woman was in front of a residence on the 5500 block of South Wolcott Avenue around 3 p.m. when someone approached her and fired shots. → Read More

House explosion reported in northwest suburban Streamwood

STREAMWOOD, Ill. -- One person was injured in an explosion inside a northwest suburban townhouse Monday evening, according to preliminary reports. An explosion inside a Streamwood home just after 4 p.m. shattered windows and sent debris into the backyard. → Read More

State troopers climb into big rigs to spot texting, crack down on distracted driving

CHICAGO — You wouldn't expect to see state police climb into big rigs as they head out on patrol, but the giant trucks are their latest tool in the fight against districted driving. → Read More

Chicago’s scooter pilot program begins

CHICAGO — Expect to see an increase in people getting around on electric scooters in Chicago. Starting this weekend, a pilot electric scooter sharing program begins. → Read More

Community radio station finds a new home in train station

ROUND LAKE BEACH, Ill. — 98.3 FM, “The Voice of Lake County, found itself a new home inside the Round Lake Beach Metra Station. It is a small unassuming station on the North Central Line and the radio station moved in to the unused ticket agent booth. → Read More

Mother of boy killed in distracted driving accident hopes others will learn from tragedy

Distracted Driving Week 2019 Distracted driving is a growing problem in Illinois and across the country as drivers are tempted by their cell phones, to take their attention off the road. In 2017 nearly 3200 lives were lost in distracted driving crashes. And it's not just cellphones. → Read More

Drivers hit more parked squad cars this year than in all of 2018, state police say

JOLIET, Ill. — An Illinois State Police trooper was injured when a motorist hit his squad car on I-80 south of Chicago Sunday, in the 13th incident of drivers crashing into stationary squad cars this year. → Read More

Snow stuck to stoplights less likely to melt from cooler LED bulbs

CHICAGO — It's three days since storms passed through the region, and while the roads are certainly driveable in most areas, you might not always know when you should stop or go — or where you are going. → Read More

Cameras float into space to capture 360 view of skies above Chicago

CHICAGO — A local company is floating cameras out of this world to give an unprecedented look at the skies above Chicago. Chicago-based tech company Panoskin attached a bundle of GoPro cameras to a weather balloon before launching it into the stratosphere early this week. → Read More

High wattage holiday de-lights at Morton Arboretum

The Morton Arboretum is home to one of the Chicago area’s most interactive and vibrant holiday lights displays. Illumination will to open to the public this week. It takes a daily crew of 50 working several weeks to get the 1500 light fixtures in place for the brilliant show. → Read More

What’s behind the delays and frustration plaguing Metra’s BNSF?

This summer was a tough one for riders of Metra’s BNSF line. Passengers felt confused and frustrated and they dealt with delays, packed trains and a very crowded Union Station. It was the first Metra line to fully roll out Positive Train Control, or PTC. → Read More

Mobile Markets bring fresh produce to underserved Chicago areas

CHICAGO — In Chicago, some people still don't have access to fresh food or live anywhere near a grocery store. But one group is taking on food deserts in a whole new way. Fresh Roberson, along with the Urban Growers Collective, has transformed three old CTA buses into Mobile Markets. → Read More

CTA’s Heritage Fleet a stylish and well preserved reminder of days gone by

CHICAGO -- It just may be Chicago’s most well known movie character: The Chicago Transit System. CTA trains and buses have appeared in countless blockbusters over the decades, as both a main character or simply part of the ambiance. Graham Garfield is a CTA historian and the chair of the Heritage Fleet program, an initiative officially launched two years ago to preserve historic trains and buses. → Read More

OMG have you seen these IDOTs signs?

In recent months the Illinois Department of Transportation dynamic message signs have gone from witty, to startling to downright funny. IDOT’s goal is to get drivers to be safer on the roads, to stop distracted driving, get motorists to wear seat belts, end drunk driving and more. → Read More

Trucker driver loses eyesight, still finds road to success in industry he loves

Even as a young boy, Roel Cano knew driving a truck was for him. As soon as he turned 18, he got his commercial driver’s license and got behind the wheel. “I liked driving big rigs a lot,” he said. “I wanted to get in the big trucks. → Read More

Southbound lanes closed on I-94 near IL-120 after semi truck crashes

GURNEE, Ill. -- Three southbound lanes are closed on I-94 near IL-120 in the Gurnee / Libertyville area after a semi crashed and turned over on its side. The semi is believed to be leaking thousands of pounds of a corrosive material, so all lanes have been closed as crews respond to the potential hazmat situation. → Read More

Chicago parking meters to phase out dashboard receipts

CHICAGO — Parking in Chicago is about to get easier. The city on Thursday began installing paperless pay boxes that eliminate the need to place receipts on dashboards. All 36,000 metered spots in Chicago will have the new boxes by mid-2019. → Read More

Suspect rams into police car, shoots at police and police return fire

CHICAGO -- Police fired shots at someone in a stolen car in the Albany Park neighborhood Thursday afternoon after they shot at police. Police said they tried to curb a silver Jeep that was traveling west on Argyle Street near Whipple Avenue around 4 p.m. → Read More

Officials look to increase penalties after deadly work zone crashes

CHICAGO — As construction season ramps up before winter arrives in full force, it's important to be extra careful where you are driving. Not only can you or people around you get hurt if you're not paying close attention, but leaders are also hoping to slap a hefty fine on anyone who tries to cut through work zones in order to protect the lives of workers. → Read More

80 percent of car seats are used incorrectly, but inspections are available across Illinois

If you have little kids then car seats are probably part of your daily life, but according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 80 percent of car seats are not used properly. Car crashes are the leading cause of death in kids between one and 13 years old. → Read More