Today’s Headlines

  • Metra Board Approves Nearly 11% Fare Hike, $100 Million Bond Sale (Tribune, Crain’s)
  • Dear Governor-Elect Rauner, Please Kill the Illiana Expressway (Tribune)
  • Advocates Call for Parity in Federal Tax Breaks for Drivers & Transit Riders (Tribune)
  • City Vows to Keep Streets Clear This Winters, Touts Improved Plow Tracker App (RedEye)
  • Jane Byrne’s Funeral Procession Travels from the NW Side to Lincoln Park Today (Tribune)
  • $100K Bail for Driver in Crash That Led to Amputation of Woman’s Hand (Sun-Times)
  • Wrong-Way Driver on Kennedy Caused Crash That Injured 4 People (Tribune)
  • Pizzeria Celebrates Return of Stolen Bike With Free ‘Za for Cyclists; 2 Arrests Made (DNA)
  • Meet Tony Coppoletta, the CTA’s Tweeter-in-Chief (Sun-Times)
  • Kimball Bus Will Detour Around Sewer Work Through January (DNA)
  • Anatomy of a Bike-Baiter: The Reader Dissects John Kass’ Trolling Methods
  • Hearing on Finkl Steel Redevelopment Wednesday 6 p.m. at Wicker Park Library (DNA)

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  • Fred

    Rauner’s stance on the Illiana will quite revealing about his overall gubernatorial philosophies. He campaigned on being a business person, not a politician, with the implication that he would run the state like a business and make decisions that make business sense instead of political sense. The Illiana would be a great deal for whatever private business get the contract, but would be a horrible deal for the taxpayers of IL. If he chooses to move forward with the project, he will show that he is pro business and essentially no different than any other recent governor. If he chooses to kill the project, he will show that just maybe he will indeed make some of the tough decisions necessary to get this state on solid financial footing, even if it at the expense of some private businesses.

    I certainly hope his allegiances are to all taxpayers of Illinois and not just his .01%er business friends.

  • BlueFairlane

    Re: The return of the stolen bike. The wording of the headline made me wonder why somebody was arrested for giving away free pizza, and then I wondered if the free pizza were part of a sting. It took me a minute to work out the arrests and the pizza were unconnected.

    Also, I am opposed to any organization that uses the pseudo-word “Za.”

  • R.A. Stewart

    ‘Greed, a ‘zation that does that should be ‘barrassed.

    I was also confused by the headline. Especially since the City of Chicago is just crazy enough to arrest someone for giving away pizza.

  • The first half of the sentence mentions a crime, and the second half mentions the police response to the crime. I first encountered the term “‘Za” in “The Official Preppy Handbook,” published in 1980, so I assumed it’s part of the common vernacular by now.

  • Matt F

    my hope with Kass is that he can eventually get the Glenn Back treatment — a pat on the head then ‘back to the real news….’

  • BlueFairlane

    The crime being the giving away of pizza? I’ve never been to this pizzeria, so perhaps that’s true.

  • Matt F

    I understood you john

  • R.A. Stewart

    We have been spending the past 34 years* trying to forget about preppies! :-)

    *Has it been that long?? OK, I’m going to spend some serious time feeling old now …

  • cjlane

    “he will show that he is pro business”

    No, he’d show that he is pro-privatizing-the-public-fisc. There is essentially nothing about the Illiana that is “pro business”, anymore than any other government contract is “pro business”.

    Under that construct, the redlight cameras are ‘pro business’ and private prisons are ‘pro business’ and Obamacare is ‘pro business’ and ‘new railcars for CTA’ is ‘pro business’, as each of them involves the ‘state’ paying private business to do something. It makes the phrase mean less than a more focused usage of “supporting laws (rather than spending qua spending) that favor ‘capital’ over ‘labor'”–which still has a negative enough meaning for most progressives and other left of center folks.

  • Fred

    I’ll give you that my use of “pro business” was a bit clumsy. “Pro crony politics” probably would have been better.

  • cjlane

    Yep, ‘zactly.

    Now, who was the last Illinois guv who was *anti* crony politics? It’s been over 40 years since it’s been a reasonable question to ask if the new Guv was pro or anti. We’ll know soon enough, and Illiana is a good test case.