WBEZ | cell phone http://www.wbez.org/tags/cell-phone Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Madigan, Quinn finally connect on pensions http://www.wbez.org/news/madigan-quinn-finally-connect-pensions-107586 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/quinnPension.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>Ill. Gov. Pat Quinn says he finally got in touch with House Speaker Michael Madigan. The governor said he&rsquo;s called a meeting to address pension reform.</p><p>After last week&rsquo;s disappointing end to the legislative session, Quinn tried to meet with legislative leaders to address what he calls the top issue facing the state - pension reform.</p><p>But Quinn said Speaker Michael Madigan doesn&rsquo;t have a cell phone and couldn&rsquo;t be reached.</p><p>On Friday, Quinn said he had a &ldquo;pleasant&rdquo; conversation with Madigan earlier that day and there will be a meeting on Monday.</p><p>&ldquo;I&rsquo;m telling our legislators, &lsquo;Stop meandering. Forge an agreement that I can sign into law so we can resolve this problem,&rsquo;&rdquo; Quinn told reporters Friday at an unrelated news conference announcing an honorary street name for Mass. Gov. Deval Patrick.</p><p>Quinn has called lawmakers back to Springfield for a one-day special session on June 19th. But it&rsquo;s not yet clear how negotiations over pension reform will have changed by that time or what legislators will be voting on.</p><p><em>Tony Arnold covers Illinois politics for WBEZ. Follow him <a href="http://www.twitter.com/tonyjarnold">@tonyjarnold</a>.</em><br />&nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 07 Jun 2013 09:56:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/madigan-quinn-finally-connect-pensions-107586 Evanston considers banning hands-free devices while driving http://www.wbez.org/story/evanston-considers-banning-hands-free-devices-while-driving-97057 <p><p>City Council members in Evanston are considering a proposal that would ban hands-free devices while driving. The ordinance would be one of the toughest cell phone bans in the country, keeping all electronic devices out of driver's hands.</p><p>Ald. Jane Grover (7th) sponsored the proposal, which would amend the current city law that allows drivers to only use hands-free devices. Grover was the sponsor of that ordinance as well, which has resulted in almost 3,000 tickets since it was enacted in 2010. According to Grover, the laws aren't tough enough to prevent accidents from distracted driving.</p><p>"It's the same level of cognitive impairment whether a driver is using a handheld device or using a hands-free device," she said. "There's really no difference in the risk of crashing."</p><p>In December, the National Transportation Safety Board called for a national ban of all electronic devices, especially those that are hands-free. Officials say the level of distraction a driver experiences is the same on a hands-free device as it is on a regular cell phone.</p><p>But the ordinance isn't getting unanimous support from the city council. Ald. Judy Fiske (1st) voted against the bill in committee. She said she voted for the current law, but thinks amending it to include all devices would go too far.</p><p>"I think it will just lead to ill will between taxpayers and the city government in Evanston because it is unenforceable," Fiske said.</p><p>Fiske said she believes creating cell phone bans is the responsibility of the state, not separate municipalities. She said it's less confusing for drivers who travel throughout Illinois. Fiske and her fellow aldermen will be discussing the bill in the coming days, with a vote scheduled for the full city council meeting later this month.</p><p><em>Correction on 03/19/12 at 10:24: An earlier version of this story misspelled Grover.</em></p></p> Wed, 07 Mar 2012 19:44:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/evanston-considers-banning-hands-free-devices-while-driving-97057 CTA 'Train Tracker' launching in January http://www.wbez.org/story/cell-phone/icois-test-post <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/CTA.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Rail commuters in Chicago soon will be able to find out estimated arrival times for trains on all eight of the city's rail lines.&nbsp;</p><p>The Chicago Transit Authority says a pilot version of the CTA Train Tracker website will be launched in early January. Customers can use the program on computers or cell phones. The train program's debut follows the agency's popular CTA Bus Tracker.</p><p>Officials say estimated arrival times will be generated by averaging travel times of the previous five trains to move along a part of rail track. Customers can get the information by choosing their rail line and then their station.</p><p>The CTA says it plans on making adjustments to improve accuracy.&nbsp; The agency wants customers to provide feedback to help find ways to enhance the program.<br /><br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.&nbsp; All Rights Reserved.)</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Mon, 03 Jan 2011 15:39:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/cell-phone/icois-test-post LaHood calls for national ban on cell phones while driving http://www.wbez.org/story/cell-phone/lahood-calls-national-ban-cell-phones-while-driving <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/73433730.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The U.S. Secretary of Transportation has a couple of priorities he wants the new Congress to work on when it convenes next year. Ray LaHood said getting a transportation bill passed by the August recess is at the top of his agenda. The current one has been extended for two years.</p><p>The Peoria, Illinois native and former congressman said there are a lot of unmet transportation needs across the country.</p><p>&quot;If it were up to me, I would outlaw cell phone use while driving. I just think it's just dangerous,&quot;&nbsp;LaHood said. &quot;You don't have both hands on the wheel, you don't have both eyes on the road and you can't drive carefully when you got a cell phone in your ear. You're not only distracted by the fact you don't have both hands on the wheel, you're distracted by the conversation. You lose track of what's around you while you're driving a 5,000 pound car.&quot;</p><p>LaHood said he also wants to work with lawmakers to approve a nationwide texting ban. Thirty states have already passed anti-texting legislation. LaHood said 5,500 people died last year as a result of distracted driving while more than 450,000 were injured.</p></p> Tue, 28 Dec 2010 12:30:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/cell-phone/lahood-calls-national-ban-cell-phones-while-driving