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Illinois To Test High-Speed Rail South of Joliet

Union Pacific Railroad and Amtrak have sought permission from federal regulators to conduct the first test of high-speed rail in Illinois. A 20-mile track between the cities of Dwight and Pontiac could be a proving ground for the 110 mph passenger train starting October 1. They would be testing a new system of triggers for highway crossing gates — one that uses radio signals to raise gates 80 seconds before a crossing in order to give the faster trains more time to slow down or stop if necessary. The current system uses track circuits to communicate, and allows the normal 79-mph trains 30 to 35 seconds of clearance before a crossing. The Illinois Department of Transportation will conduct a survey to determine whether motorists will tolerate the longer wait times. Funding for high-speed rail was narrowly approved in California earlier this month, as Illinois Governor Pat Quinn and others continued to build on growing excitement for high-speed rail in the heartland.

Eavesdrop: Bueller? Bueller!

Part of Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986) renown as a classic truancy film and Chicago landmark travelogue is the über-modernist glass and steel house with the disaster-inviting garage from which Ferris launches the priceless 1961 Ferrari belonging to friend Cameron's father. The house (and garage), of course, is a metaphor for Cameron's sad and lonely home life. As Ferris, the budding architectural critic, explains to his vaguely suicidal foil, "The place is like a museum. It's very beautiful and very cold, and you're not allowed to touch anything."   Attention melancholy home buyers in search of beautiful and cold! This 1953 Miesian knockoff of cinematic fame, located in Chicago's tony Highland Park suburb, is now for sale for $2.3 million. Designed by "Less is More" disciples A. James Speyer (1913-1986) and David Haid (1928-1993), the 5,300-square-foot house is being sold "as is" (two of the most anxiety-producing words in real estate). Selling point: Because the house is sited over a maintenance-free ravine instead of a lawn, the new owner can route those savings right to the perpetually depleted HVAC fund.