Sarah-Jindra

Sarah Jindra has been helping drivers get to and from work since 2008, when she first started reporting traffic in Chicago. Sarah joined the WGN/CLTV team in August 2012. She currently reports on transportation issues, traffic and breaking news for the WGN-TV Evening News from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. from the ground and Skycam9.

Prior to WGN/CLTV, Sarah was a traffic reporter for Chicago Public Radio and WMAQ-TV. Before getting into traffic reporting, Sarah was a general assignment news reporter for WCIA-TV in Champaign.

A native of the Chicago area, Sarah grew up in Westmont. She received a B.S. in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign and a M.S. in Broadcast Journalism from Syracuse University.


Recent Articles
  • Scathing report released on Metra: Are commuters’ safety at risk?

    Metra fare increase begins Wednesday

    Metra riders will have to start paying more to ride starting Wednesday. The Metra board voted on the hike at its meeting in November. One way tickets go up 25 cents.  10 ride passes go up $2.75 and monthly passes would go up about $11.75 in all zones. So depending on which zone you’re in and how far you travel, a monthly ticket holder will be paying anywhere from 4-12 percent more than they currently pay. People who use reduced […]

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    Women’s March on Chicago: What You Need to Know

    CHICAGO — Organizers for Saturday’s Women’s March on Chicago were forced to nix plans for a march to Federal Plaza after an estimated 250,000 people came out for the rally ahead of the march. The rally began at 9 a.m. at Jackson and Lake Shore Drive continued until about 1:30 p.m., but a planned march to Federal Plaza at 11:30 a.m. did not happen. Organizers were expecting about 75,000 people for the march and rally, but many more joined the event. Around11:15 a.m., police and organizers confirmed […]

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    Public comment sought on Eisenhower Expressway

    The state wants to hear your feedback about its plans to rebuild the Eisenhower Expressway. Currently, there are four lanes each way on the Ike West of Mannheim and East of Austin. But the stretch between Mannheim and Austin has three lanes each direction. IDOT says traffic in that stretch is 38 percent over capacity. Even the four lane section is 12 percent over capacity. So it looked into several alternatives on how to accommodate the vehicles.  The preferred alternative […]

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    Local conductor shares emotional story to students to teach rail safety

    CHICAGO — After being involved in a horrific train crash, a local conductor is sharing his story to help teach others about rail safety. For the last 10 years, Joe Chacon has been sharing the story that changed his life. He was a 20-year-old conductor and about a year into his career in the rail industry when he was involved in a terrible crash. One Saturday night in 1997, a car went around the lowered railroad gates and Chacon’s freight […]

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    Here’s why drivers can’t get their emissions tested anywhere in Chicago

    CHICAGO — If your vehicle is more than four years old, you have to pass an emissions test before you can get your license plates renewed. It’s something many people describe as an annoying chore, but in the last three months it has become even harder for people living in Chicago because there are no more emissions testing facilities left in the entire city. The last two closed on Nov. 1. thanks to a new testing contract aimed at reducing costs and streamlining the […]

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    Amtrak seeks expansion but residents in north suburbs pushing back

    You know what you’re getting, if you buy a house right next to railroad tracks. But some suburban homeowners say a proposal to expand an Amtrak line that will increase train traffic is too much. Amtrak wants to enhance its route from Chicago to Milwaukee from seven round trips a day to 10 to accommodate increased ridership. In order to provide that additional service, several modifications would have to be made along the rails on the route. Amtrak is working […]

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    Going to Obama’s farewell address? Here’s what you need to know

    CHICAGO — Headed to President Obama’s farewell address at McCormick Place?  There are a few things you should know about getting there and parking there. Doors open at 5 p.m.  President Obama’s remarks are scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. Security is asking people to arrive early and be prepared for delays getting through “airport-like” security.  Also be prepared to walk the equivalent of a couple city blocks to get through the buildings to Lakeside Center. The White House says […]

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    Clipping finger nails? Talking loudly? Metra urges passengers to ‘Ride Nice’

    Metra is starting a new “Ride Nice” campaign and wants riders to vote on what bothers them most about their fellow passengers. Is it feet near your head?  People talking loudly on the telephone?  Easting food?  Metra wants to know what the focus should be. Riders can vote through the end of the month on Metra’s website.  Riders will start to see the new campaign pop up on trains this Spring.  

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    7 big road construction projects to watch out for in 2017

    Here’s a look at some of the big projects to watch for on the tolls and the expressways in 2017: 1. Jane Addams Widening project is done with four lanes available both directions between Elgin and O’Hare. In 2017, you’ll see work continue at the ramps from Roselle to WB I-90 and EB I-90 to Barrington. Later in the year, you’ll see smart road features alerting drivers of incidents ahead. 2. I-390 Work continues to extend I-390 from I-290 to […]

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    Extra patrols on hand to keep New Year`s weekend roads safe

    Police will be out in full force this weekend to keep the roads safe. The enforcement efforts come as the number of people killed in roadway crashes hits its highest since 2007. Added patrols and enforcement zones across the state will target what they call the “Fatal Four” violations; People not wearing seat belts, speeders, distracted drivers and drunk drivers. State police say alcohol remains one of the top contributing factors around the holidays and want drivers to plan ahead […]