A new consulting engineer will be advising the Illinois tollway as it charges ahead with a multibillion-dollar agenda that will change commuting in the suburbs. Directors Thursday approved an $84.5 million, 4½-year contract with WSP USA Inc., formerly Parsons Brinckerhoff Inc., for duties including inspections, preparing an annual report and reviewing projects. "We think WSP will be a good member of the tollway team," Chairman Robert Schillerstrom said.
The first seats were too old and the second had puny cupholders. But Metra directors hope its newest train seats will be just right, especially for riders who don't flip out. Board directors Wednesday approved a contract of up to $16.9 million with Kustom Seating Unlimited of Bellwood to replace the railroad's outdated seats as railcars are rehabilitated. The modern seats will be separate and more comfortable with armrests on both sides of a chair and will feature cupholders, officials said.
Metra directors approved about $2.7 million in state and federal lobbyist contracts with six firms over a five-year period Wednesday. "Absolutely we get our money's worth," Executive Director Don Orseno said. He noted that Metra was awarded $20 million recently for an automatic train braking system as part of a federal grant program included in a transportation bill. Such grant programs "don't just happen on their own," Orseno said.
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Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Obama AND Romney or Obama + Romney.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used.) For example, search for democrat OR republican to find results that refer to
Democrats and/or Republicans.
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
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Use parentheses to separate multiple
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An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".