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Hope to See You at Tomorrow’s Pedway Pub Stroll, Benefitting SBC

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Steven Vance took the above photo of the Pedway’s stained glass gallery while we were reconnoitering the route.

Our friends at Moxie Chicago put together this nifty flyer for tomorrow’s Pedway tour and tavern crawl, a benefit for the Streetsblog Chicago Resurrection Fund. We’re expecting a good crowd for the event, and we hope to hang out with plenty of SBC readers there. Thanks for your support!

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Today’s Headlines

  • MPC‘s MarySue Barrett Shares Her Experience Co-Shairing Rauner’s Infrastructure Committee
  • Suburban Republican Introduces Yet Another State Bill to Ban Red Light Cams (Herald)
  • Driver Killed in Auburn Gresham Collision, the Neighborhood’s 2nd Fatal Crash This Week (Sun-Times)
  • Trucker Injured After Crashing Into Bedford Park Power Lines, Dozens of Homes Lose Power (Tribune)
  • Families Impacted by Fatal Crash on I-88 Want Stiffer Penalties for Driver (NBC)
  • Mechanical Problems Caused Metra to Cancel 2 Trains This Morning (Tribune)
  • RTA Launches Clever Ad Campaign to Encourage Transit Use (Tattler)
  • Berwyn ‘L’ Stop Gets a Colorful New Tile Mural (DNA)
  • An In-Depth Look at CDOT’s Abandoned Bike Removal Process (DNA)
  • Local Messenger Nico Departago-Cabrera Races a Chicago Cabbie in a Red Bull Ad
  • Successful Kickstarter Campaign Means Artist Can Continue Doing Creative Pothole Fixes (DNA)
  • “Kiddie Cartage” Seminar on Family Biking 7 PM Tonight at Green Machine Cycles (DNA)

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Due to a funding shortfall, Streetsblog Chicago has suspended publication of orginal articles. Please see Streetsblog Editor-in-Chief Ben Fried’s message about the hiatus, and my post about the effort the revive the site via local fundraising. In the meantime, I will continue to produce Today’s Headlines as a service to readers.

If you would like to see Streetsblog Chicago return to daily reporting on sustainable transportation and livable streets issues, please consider making a contribution to the Streetsblog Chicago Resurrection Fund. Donations are not tax-deductible at this point, but all donors will receive an email stating that their money will be returned if daily publication of original articles has not resumed by April 8, three months from the start of the hiatus.

Feel free to contact me at greenfieldjohn[at]hotmail.com or 312-560-3966 for more info about how your donation will be used, or to discuss ideas for other possible funding sources. Stay tuned for updates on the fundraising effort via the Streetsblog Chicago Facebook and Twitter accounts, and occasional posts on the website. Thanks for your support!

- John

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Join Us Thursday for a Pedway Pub Crawl to Benefit for Streetsblog Chicago

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The Metra platform at Millennium Station. Photo: John Greenfield

Thanks so much to all of the generous readers who have already donated to the Streetsblog Chicago Resurrection Fund, and thanks for all the words of encouragement as we work to reboot the site. Fundraising is moving along at a steady pace, and I’m cautiously optimistic that we’ll be able to return to daily publication of original articles by the April 8 deadline.

To help with the revival effort, our friends over at Moxie Chicago, a meetup group for LGBTQA urban policy and planning professionals, have organized Exploring Winter Walkways: A Chicago Pedway Tour and Bar Crawl as a fundraiser for SBC. The Active Transportation Alliance, the region’s longtime advocacy group for better conditions for walking, biking, and transit, is co-hosting. People of all orientations are encouraged to attend.

As a longtime fan of this interesting and comfy way to navigate the Loop, I’ll be leading the excursion, which meets this Thursday, January 29, at 5:30 p.m. at Infield’s bar. This watering hole is located in the basement of the old Marshall Field’s building, now Macy’s, at 111 North State.  Streetsblog deputy editor Steven Vance will also be on hand to answer your questions about the website reboot.

A $10 admission charge will go towards the SBC Resurrection Fund, and there will also be a raffle for a Divvy bike-share membership, a gift certificate to Houlihan’s tavern (our pub stroll destination), t-shirts from Slow Roll Chicago, copies of my book Bars Across America, and other schwag. In addition, Alt-Cycle Shop has generously offered a challenge grant. If attendees donate an additional $100 in contributions to the SBC war chest, the shop will match the gifts with a Franklin.

After a quick drink at Infield’s the group will depart at 6 p.m. for a stroll through the Pedway, an overlooked layer of the Chicago’s sustainable transportation network. The system includes below-ground tunnels, street-level concourses and overhead skyways, covering about five miles and connects over forty city blocks. For more background on the Pedway, here’s an article I wrote on the subject a few years ago.

Along the way we’ll see numerous retail and dining establishments, take a peek at an indoor pool, pass by a couple of inviting spas, and get an interesting view of one of Chicago’s prettiest green spaces. We’ll end up at Houlihan’s, 111 E. Wacker, known for its old-timey décor and tropical fishtanks, around 7 p.m. Stick around for more drinks, food (available for purchase) and socializing. At the end of the evening, I’ll lead a group back to State and Randolph via a different Pedway route.

Thanks a million to Moxie, Active Trans, Divvy, Houlihan’s, Slow Roll, and Alt-Cycle for helping make this event happen. And thanks to you, our loyal readers, for your continuing support of our effort to re-launch Streetsblog Chicago.

- John

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Today’s Headlines

  • CDOT Announces 61 Miles of Arterial Streets to Be Repaved This Year
  • What Motivates Mayoral Candidates to Glad-Hand at CTA Stations? (Tribune)
  • Some Metra Commuters Say Fare Hike Will Cause Them to Take CTA Instead (Sun-Times)
  • Several People Injured In Pileup Involving Pace Bus in Geneva (Tribune)
  • Yesterday’s Brown Line Switching Problems Wreaked Havoc on Morning Commutes (Sun-Times)
  • CTA & Metra Can Provide Train Delay Notice Slips to Explain to Your Boss Why You’re Late (CBS)
  • Look Like the Punkin’ Donuts Will Soon Be Replaced by TOD at Belmont/Clark (Curbed)
  • The City Is Looking for Input as It Develops Its Placemaking Guidelines (Active Trans)
  • Moreno to Division Businesses: Fix Damaged Tree Pits or No Cafe Permits This Year (DNA)
  • Hyde Park Shop DJ’s Bike Doctor Turns to Crowdfunding in Order to Stay in Business (Maroon)
  • Pedestrian Island Will Be Installed on Irving Park Road Near Portage Park (DNA)
  • Advertising Bikes Are Taking Up Space on Wicker Park Racks — Orange You Annoyed? (DNA)

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Due to a funding shortfall, Streetsblog Chicago has suspended publication of orginal articles. Please see Streetsblog Editor-in-Chief Ben Fried’s message about the hiatus, and my post about the effort the revive the site via local fundraising. In the meantime, I will continue to produce Today’s Headlines as a service to readers.

If you would like to see Streetsblog Chicago return to daily reporting on sustainable transportation and livable streets issues, please consider making a contribution to the Streetsblog Chicago Resurrection Fund. Donations are not tax-deductible at this point, but all donors will receive an email stating that their money will be returned if daily publication of original articles has not resumed by April 8, three months from the start of the hiatus.

Feel free to contact me at greenfieldjohn[at]hotmail.com or 312-560-3966 for more info about how your donation will be used, or to discuss ideas for other possible funding sources. Stay tuned for updates on the fundraising effort via the Streetsblog Chicago Facebook and Twitter accounts, and occasional posts on the website. Thanks for your support!

- John

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Today’s Headlines

  • CMAP Launches Online Map to Highlight Need for Transpo Infra Improvements (Tribune)
  • Driver Dies After Crashing Car During Police Chase in Gresham (Tribune)
  • Brown Line Switching Problems Causing Major Delays on Loop ‘L’ Routes (Tribune)
  • Next Month’s Metra Fare Raises Won’t Include a Hike in the Onboard Purchase Surcharge (Sun-Times)
  • Metra May Allow Costomers to Bring Small Pets Aboard Trains on a Trial Basis (Tribune)
  • … But What Does Gilbert the Talking Dog Think of the Proposal? (Sun-Times)
  • Active Trans Looks at Pace’s Proposal for Rapid Suburban Buses
  • Well Before Pothole Season Begins, CDOT Announces 61 Miles of Road Slated for Repaving (Tribune)
  • Uber Needs to Get Serious About Safety Issues or Else It Will Face a Backlash (Crain’s)
  • Parking Signs Installed at Home of Girl Whose Nurse’s Car Was Vandalized by Dibbs Thugs (DNA)
  • Suburban Bicycle Commuter Wishes Bikeways Could Be Plowed in a Timely Manner (Herald)
  • Public Meeting on the Future of 55th Street This Thursday (DNA)

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Due to a funding shortfall, Streetsblog Chicago has suspended publication of orginal articles. Please see Streetsblog Editor-in-Chief Ben Fried’s message about the hiatus, and my post about the effort the revive the site via local fundraising. In the meantime, I will continue to produce Today’s Headlines as a service to readers.

If you would like to see Streetsblog Chicago return to daily reporting on sustainable transportation and livable streets issues, please consider making a contribution to the Streetsblog Chicago Resurrection Fund. Donations are not tax-deductible at this point, but all donors will receive an email stating that their money will be returned if daily publication of original articles has not resumed by April 8, three months from the start of the hiatus.

Feel free to contact me at greenfieldjohn[at]hotmail.com or 312-560-3966 for more info about how your donation will be used, or to discuss ideas for other possible funding sources. Stay tuned for updates on the fundraising effort via the Streetsblog Chicago Facebook and Twitter accounts, and occasional posts on the website. Thanks for your support!

- John

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Today’s Headlines

  • RTA: Local Transit Agencies Need $36 billion Over Next Decade for Infrastructure (Tribune)
  • Unsurprisingly, Metra Complaints Are Way Down This Month Compared to January 2014 (CBS)
  • Illinois Republicans Propose Statewide Ban on Red Light Cams (Tribune)
  • Senior Killed in River Forest Crash; Police Chief Says Intersection Needs to Be Fixed (Sun-Times)
  • At Debate, Arena Announces That Proposal for Lane Reductions on Milwaukee Is Dead (Nadig)
  • The Bicycle Story Talks to Oboi Reed About His Efforts to Promote Bike Equity
  • Ron Burke Clarifies His Quotes From the RedEye Piece on the Equity Campaign (Active Trans)
  • Why Are People Still Choosing to Ride Transit Despite Low Gas Prices (RedEye)
  • How Many Workers in Chicago Are Car-Free? (City Notes)
  • Plans for Jeff Park Transit Center Rehab Include Long-Awaited New Crosswalk (DNA)
  • Construction on Cermak Station This Weekend Will Affect Red and Green Line Service (Tribune)
  • Banning Cars From Cornell Drive Would Make Jackson Park More Usable (Transport Notes)

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Due to a funding shortfall, Streetsblog Chicago has suspended publication of orginal articles. Please see Streetsblog Editor-in-Chief Ben Fried’s message about the hiatus, and my post about the effort the revive the site via local fundraising. In the meantime, I will continue to produce Today’s Headlines as a service to readers.

If you would like to see Streetsblog Chicago return to daily reporting on sustainable transportation and livable streets issues, please consider making a contribution to the Streetsblog Chicago Resurrection Fund. Donations are not tax-deductible at this point, but all donors will receive an email stating that their money will be returned if daily publication of original articles has not resumed by April 8, three months from the start of the hiatus.

Feel free to contact me at greenfieldjohn[at]hotmail.com or 312-560-3966 for more info about how your donation will be used, or to discuss ideas for other possible funding sources. Stay tuned for updates on the fundraising effort via the Streetsblog Chicago Facebook and Twitter accounts, and occasional posts on the website. Thanks for your support!

- John

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Today’s Headlines

  • Rauner Lifts Spending Freeze on Tollway Construction; Illiana Still on Hold (Crain’s)
  • Emanuel Wants to Use TIF Money to Fix Blue Line’s Grand and Jeff Park Stops (RedEye)
  • Beale and Tunney Propose Requiring Council Approval for New Red Light Cams (DNA)
  • Reboyras Proposes Letting Kids & Seniors Legally Bike on Sidewalks. Kids Already Can. (Sun-Times)
  • Development at The 606′s Milwaukee Trailhead Would have 128 Units, Aldi (DNA)
  • Man Dies After Crashing His Car Into a Tree in North Lawndale (CBS)
  • Rauner Involved in Loop Car Crash, Escapes Unscathed (Tribune)
  • Chair of RTA: Recent Leaks Are a Reminder That It’s Time to Modernize Union Station (Tribune)
  • After Recent Robbery on Purple Line, Evanston Police Increasing Presence at Stations (NBC)
  • Free Breakfast of Champions — Cheesecake — at Winter Bike to Work Day this Friday (DNA)
  • The Pedway Pub Crawl, Hosted by Moxie & Active Trans Next Thursday, Will Benefit SBC
  • Thanks for the Streetsblog Chicago Shout-Outs, Chainlink Members!

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Due to a funding shortfall, Streetsblog Chicago has suspended publication of orginal articles. Please see Streetsblog Editor-in-Chief Ben Fried’s message about the hiatus, and my post about the effort the revive the site via local fundraising. In the meantime, I will continue to produce Today’s Headlines as a service to readers.

If you would like to see Streetsblog Chicago return to daily reporting on sustainable transportation and livable streets issues, please consider making a contribution to the Streetsblog Chicago Resurrection Fund. Donations are not tax-deductible at this point, but all donors will receive an email stating that their money will be returned if daily publication of original articles has not resumed by April 8, three months from the start of the hiatus.

Feel free to contact me at greenfieldjohn[at]hotmail.com or 312-560-3966 for more info about how your donation will be used, or to discuss ideas for other possible funding sources. Stay tuned for updates on the fundraising effort via the Streetsblog Chicago Facebook and Twitter accounts, and occasional posts on the website. Thanks for your support!

- John

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Today’s Headlines

  • Pace Unveils Ambitious $2.3 Billion Plan for Suburban Express Buses (Tribune)
  • Report: Residents Want Equitable TOD, Community Space by Logan Station (MPC)
  • Driver in Deadly LSD Rollover Crash Faces DUI Charges (NBC)
  • Speeding Motorist Hospitalized After Crashing into Hydrant in West Garfield Park (Tribune)
  • “Illinois’ Worst Driver” Arrested for Driving With a Revoked License for the 22nd Time (ABC)
  • Red Light Cam Bribery Case Defendant Trying to Get Trial Moved to Vegas (Tribune)
  • Fioretti Proposing Ordinance to Waive Penalties on Overdue Parking Tickets (DNA)
  • Halsted Closure, Sewer Line Work Has Been a “Nightmare” for Bridgeport Merchants (DNA)
  • Next City Looks at Chicago’s Civic Hacker Community
  • Will There Be Disco on the PA System? CTA Celebrates Retirement of 1970s-Era Train Cars (CBS)
  • Thieves Have Been Stripping Parts from Cars Parked at 93rd Street Metra Stop (ABC)
  • CTA May Shut Down “Bro” Who Shoots Cheesecake Footage of Women on the ‘L’ (DNA)

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Due to a funding shortfall, Streetsblog Chicago has suspended publication of orginal articles. Please see Streetsblog Editor-in-Chief Ben Fried’s message about the hiatus, and my post about the effort the revive the site via local fundraising. In the meantime, I will continue to produce Today’s Headlines as a service to readers. If you would like to see Streetsblog Chicago return to daily reporting on sustainable transportation and livable streets issues, please consider making a contribution to the Streetsblog Chicago Resurrection Fund. Donations are not tax-deductible at this point, but all donors will receive an email stating that their money will be returned if daily publication of original articles has not resumed by April 8, three months from the start of the hiatus. Feel free to contact me at greenfieldjohn[at]hotmail.com or 312-560-3966 for more info about how your donation will be used, or to discuss ideas for other possible funding sources. Stay tuned for updates on the fundraising effort via the Streetsblog Chicago Facebook and Twitter accounts, and occasional posts on the website. Thanks for your support! – John

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Today’s Headlines

  • Garcia Not as Opposed to Red Light Cameras as His Earlier Pledge Indicated (NBC)
  • Mayoral Candidate Ald. Fioretti Will Intro Ordinance for Parking Ticket Amnesty (Tribune)
  • Driver Injured After Exiting the Roadway and Hitting West Garfield Park Corner Store (Sun-Times)
  • Coworkers Mourn Two Men Killed by Drunk Driver While Crossing North Avenue in Hermosa (DNA)
  • Campaign for Equitable Distribution of Bike Resources Hits RedEye
  • CTA Stations on Green or Blue Line Could Be Rebuilt if Obama Library Calls Chicago Home (RedEye)
  • Hertz Says You Should Come to Our Pedway Tour Fundraiser
  • Woman in Car Found on Frozen Lincoln Park Lagoon Died; Police Suspect Alcohol Involved (DNA)

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Due to a funding shortfall, Streetsblog Chicago has suspended publication of orginal articles. Please see Streetsblog Editor-in-Chief Ben Fried’s message about the hiatus, and my post about the effort the revive the site via local fundraising. In the meantime, I will continue to produce Today’s Headlines as a service to readers.

If you would like to see Streetsblog Chicago return to daily reporting on sustainable transportation and livable streets issues, please consider making a contribution to the Streetsblog Chicago Resurrection Fund. Donations are not tax-deductible at this point, but all donors will receive an email stating that their money will be returned if daily publication of original articles has not resumed by April 8, three months from the start of the hiatus.

Feel free to contact me at greenfieldjohn[at]hotmail.com or 312-560-3966 for more info about how your donation will be used, or to discuss ideas for other possible funding sources. Stay tuned for updates on the fundraising effort via the Streetsblog Chicago Facebook and Twitter accounts, and occasional posts on the website. Thanks for your support!

- John Greenfield, editor of Streetsblog Chicago

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Today’s Headlines

  • Garcia Interested in Transit Future-Style Dedicated Funding for CTA Improvements (Crain’s)
  • CNT Launching NeighborCar Peer-to-Peer Car-Sharing Network (DNA)
  • City Cracking Down on Show Shoveling Scofflaws (DNA)
  • Next City Reports on the Chicago Campaign for Equitable Distribution of Bike Resources
  • Metra’s On-Time Performance Has Been 91% This Month Vs. 71% During January 2014 (Tribune)
  • Driver Who Fatally Struck 2 Men and Fled the Scene Charged With DUI (Tribune)
  • 4 Airport Worker Injured in Crash on O’Hare Service Road (Sun-Times)
  • 2 Injured After Driver Flips Car Onto Frozen Lagoon in Lincoln Park (Tribune)
  • Fisk Power Plant Site Could be Redeveloped Into CTA Bus Garage, Open Space (Tribune)
  • Surveillance Photos Lead to Arrest for Wilson Station Cell Phone Robberies (Tribune)
  • McCaffery Using LakeSim Modeling Program to Plan Lakeside Development (Curbed)
  • Slow Roll Chicago Leads Big Marsh Freedom Ride at 11 a.m. to Celebrate MLK Day

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Due to a funding shortfall, Streetsblog Chicago has suspended publication of orginal articles. Please see Streetsblog Editor-in-Chief Ben Fried’s message about the hiatus, and my post about the effort the revive the site via local fundraising. In the meantime, I will continue to produce Today’s Headlines as a service to readers.

If you would like to see Streetsblog Chicago return to daily reporting on sustainable transportation and livable streets issues, please consider making a contribution to the Streetsblog Chicago Resurrection Fund. Donations are not tax-deductible at this point, but all donors will receive an email stating that their money will be returned if daily publication of original articles has not resumed by April 8, three months from the start of the hiatus.

Feel free to contact me at greenfieldjohn[at]hotmail.com or 312-560-3966 for more info about how your donation will be used, or to discuss ideas for other possible funding sources. Stay tuned for updates on the fundraising effort via the Streetsblog Chicago Facebook and Twitter accounts, and occasional posts on the website. Thanks for your support!

- John