David Schaper

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The Long Wait On Safety Rules For The 'Soda Can' Of Rail Cars

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Nine months after the deadly crash of a runaway oil train just over the U.S. border in Canada, U.S. regulators still haven't enacted new safety standards for tank cars known for their thin shells.


Fewer Complaints Help To Boost Airline Quality Ratings

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

The nation's airlines are running late more often and losing more suitcases. But passengers are complaining less, that's boosted airline quality ratings to their highest level ever.


Chicago Celebrates A Century Of Baseball At Wrigley Field

Friday, April 04, 2014

It's been the home of the Cubs since 1916, and in all that time, the team has never won a World Series. So why do fans keep showing up? Locals say Wrigley's hallowed status isn't just about baseball.


Legal Action Initiated Over Malaysian Flight's Disappearance

Monday, March 31, 2014

A Chicago law firm is taking the first legal action against Malaysian Airlines and Boeing, the maker of the 777 that disappeared over the Indian Ocean, on behalf of the families of the passengers.


Board Rules Athletes At Northwestern University Are Employees

Thursday, March 27, 2014

The decision still must be approved by the full NLRB board in Washington, D.C. The regional director ruled football players at Northwestern qualify as employees and may therefore unionize.


NLRB Sides With College Football Players Hoping To Unionize

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

The National Labor Relations Board says Northwestern University football players can unionize. It's a win for student athletes, but the university says it will appeal.


Search Planes Fail To Locate Objects Spotted By Satellite

Friday, March 21, 2014

There are concerns that the objects sunk to the bottom of the ocean. Officials remain optimistic and say the hunt will continue off the coast of Australia for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.


Off Australia, Searchers Find Possible Clues To Airliner Mystery

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Two weeks into the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, the focus has turned to two large objects in the waters southwest of Australia. Officials believe these might be debris from the aircraft.


FAA Review Finds Dreamliner 'Fundamentally Sound'

Thursday, March 20, 2014

A review by the Federal Aviation Administration and Boeing has concluded that the troubled 787 known as the Dreamliner is safe.


A Terrible Winter Wreaks Havoc On Roads, Pipes And City Budgets

Thursday, March 13, 2014

The nation's infrastructure has taken a beating this season. Fixing what the heavy snows and bitter cold have wrecked is long overdue — and the cost will be hefty.


Delta Customers Angered By Changes To Frequent-Flier Program

Friday, February 28, 2014

Delta is making radical changes to its Sky Miles frequent-flier program. It is rewarding the customers who buy the most expensive tickets instead of giving miles equally based on miles flown.


Problems Linger For Boeing's Flagship 787 Airliner

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

More than two years after it began flying, Boeing's 787 aircraft is still plagued by problems. The company says it's making "good progress" on improving the plane's reliability.


Oil Transports Gum Up Passenger Route Across Northern Plains

Thursday, February 06, 2014

Amtrak trains running between Chicago and the Pacific Northwest are experiencing much longer delays than usual. One reason for the congestion is a traffic jam of freight trains carrying crude oil along the railroad. An advocacy group for passengers is calling on the U.S. transportation secretary to intervene.


N.Y. Train Crash Spotlights Push For Automatic Safety System

Saturday, December 07, 2013

The high-tech system can essentially override human error and slow a train that is going too fast. Congress mandated that all trains have it by 2015, but only a few passenger and freight railroads will be ready by then. And after a deadly train crash in New York, few in Congress may be willing to vote for a delay.


Illinois Lawmakers, Labor Spar Over How To Fix Gaping Pension Gap

Monday, December 02, 2013

Illinois lawmakers are expected to vote Tuesday on a deal to fix the state's estimated $100 billion pension debt. Many financial analysts say the Prairie State faces the worst public pension crisis in the nation.


Size Does Matter, At Least In The Tallest Building Debate

Friday, November 08, 2013

Is One World Trade Center now the tallest building in North America, or does that distinction belong to the Willis Tower in Chicago? The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat is going to settle the debate. One thing everyone can be sure of: There's only one.

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Food Stamp Benefits Set To Shrink

Friday, November 01, 2013

Some 47 million Americans who receive food stamps will see their benefits shrink by an average of 5 percent this week, when additional financing for the food aid program included in the 2009 stimulus expires on Friday.


Reverse Commutes Now Often A Daily Slog, Too

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

In many places, the reverse commute from city homes to suburban jobs is as congested as or worse than traffic going into the city. "It's just exhausting," says one reverse commuter, whose 35-mile drive to Chicago's southwest suburbs can take up to two hours depending on traffic. In cities where reverse commutes are common, transit agencies are trying to help.


NOAA Says No More Paper Maps Of U.S. Waterways

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will no longer print traditional lithographic charts of U.S. waters after next April. The agency will still map waterways for rocks, shipwrecks and dangers, but mariners will have to download the latest information onto their electronic navigational systems or use private on-demand printing and PDFs.


Tensions Over Syria Run High In Two Chicago-Area Districts

Friday, September 06, 2013

Emotions are running high in some Illinois Congressional districts over potential U.S. military action against Syria.