Today’s Headlines

  • Rahm Dismisses Transit Taskforce Members as “Propeller Heads”
  • State Bill Would Allow Drivers to Keep License After Traffic Violations (Herald)
  • Reilly Pushes Ordinance Limiting Segway Speeds, Banning Them from Flyover (DNA)
  • City Council OKs Children’s Memorial Redevelopment (Sun-Times)
  • FBI Files Shed Light on the Last Days of Doomed Metra CEO Phil Pagano (Tribune)
  • Urban Planner & Former Clevelander Touts BRT Benefits to Skeptical Residents (DNA)
  • Hero Jumps on Subway Tracks to Flag Oncoming Train (DNA)
  • Driver in Fatal Edens Crash Was Allegedly Drunk, Going 100 MPH (Tribune)
  • Fundraiser Will Honor Police Officer Killed by Driver While Biking in Palos (DNA)
  • A Look at Chicago’s Infrastructure Trust (Free Enterprise)
  • Last Day for Pre-Tax Transit Benefit Program Users to Switch to Ventra (CTA)
  • More Than 1,000 Pothole Damage Claims Filed With City Council Yesterday (Tribune)

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  • cjlane

    Totally expected to see this in the headlines:

    http://www.theatlanticcities.com/commute/2014/04/why-poor-still-need-cars/8769/

    [ok, not really. But still!]

  • Shlabotnik

    what is a propeller head? I’ve never heard this term in my life…

  • Wewilliewinkleman

    Now if they were Rahm’s Propeller Heads and not an independent panel of Propeller Heads — it would be ok.

  • what_eva

    http://www.politicsforum.org/images/flame_warriors/flame_22.php

    Rahm’s saying that the report was put together without considering the real world. ie, “that all sounds nice, but it won’t work”

    There’s a lot of truth to that, it won’t work. Of course, a big reason it won’t work is Rahm himself.

  • JacobEPeters

    It would’ve been nice to compare those findings between car ownership in a transit dense impoverished area vs one with very little transit access. Cars are going to be needed, they just aren’t the only means of transportation, and shouldn’t be treated as such.

    The point is to provide transportation access and options, so no one is permanently tethered to a car, a train, or a bike.

  • CL

    I’m glad they’re going to change the law on taking drivers’ licenses away for minor violations. That’s the only form of state ID that most people have — suddenly you can’t pay for things (when they require ID), get on a plane, enter office buildings that require ID. Not to mention the Chicago Police ask to see ID when they do contact cards. Illinois should not be confiscating our IDs for any reason.

  • BlueFairlane

    I’ve never understood this practice in Illinois. I’ve gotten tickets in seven or eight other states (I drove like an idiot in my youth) and I’ve never had any of them do that.

  • Ryan Wallace

    You can still have a State ID that is not a Drivers’ License.

  • Ryan Wallace

    Is there an Illinois version of popvox.com to track state laws and voice support or opposition?

  • BlueFairlane

    Very few people have both a state ID and a drivers license. So if a cop pulls you over for some infraction–maybe driving 10 miles over the speed limit, for instance–you’re forced to go to a secretary of state office and pay to get an ID, despite the fact that you are only accused, not convicted of anything. Your option, of course, is to go around without an ID, which is what most people do.

    And why don’t you have an ID? It’s not as if your license is suspended. You can still drive legally, with the ticket serving as license. I would be amazed if the numbers of people failing to respond to a ticket are any lower in Illinois than they are in other states. Tickets don’t just go away, and people who don’t respond in other states get their licenses suspended. That’s their incentive to take care of it. This is just senseless, stupid bureaucracy.

  • CL

    But almost nobody does, because they have a drivers’ license that they use as their ID. The people with regular state ID’s are the people who don’t drive.

  • Ryan Wallace

    I understand that most people don’t, the point is you *could* go obtain one. So travel etc is not impossible.

  • BlueFairlane

    But for what purpose? Why force a hassle on people simply because they are accused–not convicted–of an illegality? What are you accomplishing?

  • Keeping the ID provides an incentive for the person to show up for their court date.

  • Fred

    If they insist on keeping this policy, they should just issue both when you get a driver’s license.

  • BlueFairlane

    Well, yeah, that’s what they say in the article, but does it really play out that way? Are Illinois people any more likely to show up for a court date than people in any other state? As I already said, the incentive in other states to show up is that your license gets suspended if you don’t. Often, you get issued a bench warrant. Those systems seem to work just fine.

  • rohmen

    Kind of interesting that the urban planner that touted BRT did so with the suggestion that the plan could be implemented in a way which would allow automobiles to make left turns at major intersections (like in Cleveland), and with the suggestion that the CTA should also be exploring ways to ensure cars and trucks won’t divert to side residential streets.

    So while he clearly supported BRT, I’d say its fair to say (and important to note) that he did so with a caveat that certain things DO need to be addressed in the current CTA plan. Allowing left turns at major intersections, for example, would be a fairly substantial departure from what the CTA is currently proposing.