Today’s Headlines

  • CTA Provides a Performance Update on Ventra (Sun-Times, RedEye, NBC)
  • Cubic Claims Ventra Will Be Running Smoothly by End of Year (Tribune)
  • 47th Ward Doing “Block Audit” Survey As Part of Participatory Budget Process (DNA)
  • Motorist Killed in Metra Crash after Driving Around Crossing Gates (Tribune, NBC)
  • Driver Finally Charged in 2012 Death of Cicero Pedestrian (Tribune)
  • Girl Maces CTA Driver Over Fare Dispute (NBC)
  • Urban Flooding Increases Transportation Costs (CNT)
  • Transit Union Member Poll Shows 93 Percent Disapproval of Emanuel (NBC)
  • How Will It Impact a Bike Crash Claim if the Driver Isn’t Ticketed? (Kevenides)

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  • CL

    Man, 93 percent disapproval. I wonder if Rahm will regret making labor unions so angry with him… he probably believes he can win easily despite labor’s election activities, but I predict that his base of moderately informed white people will turn against him once they start getting speed camera tickets — suddenly it will be “What is this?? Injustice in Chicago!!!” It’s not that I think he will lose, but 2015 should be an epic election.

  • Anne A

    I see the effects of flooding on transportation at several locations near home whenever we have heavy rain. These locations predictably flood and are closed to traffic any time we have significant rain: Dan Ryan around 83rd, 95th/Stony Island, 95th/Cottage Grove, and many other viaducts under railroad tracks across the city. Quite a few are bus and/or truck routes in locations where detours to non-flooded routes will add at least 1-2 miles to a trip (sometimes significantly more), in addition to extra gas burned due to stop and go traffic.

  • BlueFairlane

    I think he actually has a fair shot of losing, depending on who runs against him, and I think the speeding cameras could very well be the nail in his political coffin. He’s made allies of the labor unions and the mostly-apathetic-until-something-affects-them-directly. Progressive transportation people, in fact, seem to be the only people who like him. (Most of the people who actually work for transit, of course, are union.) If Karen Lewis stays out and a halfway decent candidate jumps in, I think Rahm’s on shaky ground.

  • CL

    It’s possible. I think Rahm could be vulnerable against the right candidate — I just can’t think of anyone who seems likely to run, who could win.

    You’re right that these days, his only allies on the left are sustainable transportation advocates (the ones who prioritize transportation over other issues). The school closings will really hurt him on the south side, and the speed cameras will anger the middle class. I also think that he’s allowed himself to be portrayed as an unlikeable bully who doesn’t care about disadvantaged residents. I spend a lot of time at community meetings all over the city, and I rarely hear anything positive about him. Certainly there’s a lot more anger on the south and west sides, but I rarely hear anyone gush about what a great job he’s doing — unless they’re talking about bike lanes.

  • what_eva

    The unions were unified against him last time and for Chico. Didn’t help. The key is “halfway decent candidate”, of which there don’t seem to be all that many interested in the mayor’s job.

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