Today’s Headlines

  • Rauner’s Selection of Blankenhorn for IDOT Chief “Is a Sign the Illiana Is Toast” (Crain’s)
  • Southland Leaders React to the News That Blankenhorn May Lead IDOT (Herald-News)
  • Nearly 50 Candidates Have Signed Pledge to Abolish Traffic Cameras (Expired Meter)
  • On the Way Out, Quinn Signs Bill That May Allow Surge Pricing by Cabbies (DNA)
  • WBEZ Explores the Question: When Is the Worst Time to Be on Chicago Roads?
  • Hit-and-Run Driver Kills Senior in Morton Grove (NBC)
  • Driver, Passenger Hospitalized After Single-Car Crash in Lemont (Tribune)
  • Fire on Tracks Delays Red Line Train Near Roosevelt (Sun-Times)
  • The Obama Library Could Be a Shot in the Arm for South or West Side Transit (RedEye)
  • First There Was Go Bronzeville & Go Pilsen, Now CDOT Rolls Out Go Albany Park (DNA)
  • Milwaukee PBLs Surface as a Campaign Issue in 1st Ward Debate (Logan Squarist)
  • Steven Vance Weighs in on Proposals for New Goose Island Bike-Ped Bridges (Curbed)

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  • Pat

    I appreciate you taking the time to update the headlines everyday. Best of luck in the fundraising!

  • Thanks a lot Pat! Streetsblog readers have been giving generously so far, which makes me optimistic that the site can be rebooted.

  • Nathanael

    Thank you for the headline roundup. It probably costs you quite a lot of hours a week just to do this and the site administration — I’d appreciate it if you figured out how many, because it would be a useful baseline.

    Regarding the actual headlines: It looks like whatever his policies on other topics, Rauner is likely to be pretty decent on transportation (rather than a “road warrior”) Which is good news.

  • JKM13

    The only reason I didn’t vote for Rauner (although I really hated voting for Quinn again, and this was the first time i made a decision in the voting booth) was because Rauner wouldn’t even give his position on a seemingly slam dunk issue regarding the Illiana.

    So good for him, although I still don’t get why he couldn’t give a position on transportation during the campaign.

  • Sure thing Nathanael. Posting the headlines takes me 1 to 1.5 hours a day. It has a few functions. It keeps our readers informed and myself informed about what’s going on. It reminds people about about the effort to revive the site. And it forces me to start my workday early (I’m not a morning person), so I have more time to do fundraising calls, emails, and paperwork to get the site going again.

  • R.A. Stewart

    My guess, though it’s no more than that, is that first, he didn’t know how many voters he could afford to offend with a clearly stated position, and second, after thirty-odd years in a corporate career he’s probably accustomed to keeping his plans close to the vest.

    Personally, I’m certainly gratified about this appointment but very much in wait-and-see mode on other matters. Inter alia, as the father of a disabled adult, I know all too well who gets the biggest “share” of “shared sacrifices” when budgets are cut in Illinois.

  • BlueFairlane

    I think there are a lot of carts being placed before the horses on this issue. I won’t count the Illiana dead until somebody says once and for all it’s dead.

  • norrin_raddical

    Another big thank you for continuing the daily headline round up (especially on your personal time). One of my favorite morning routines is to check out the links. I also hope that the fundraising and plans for a potentially continued Streetsblog Chi are going well!

  • Sure thing, thanks for the well-wishes. We’re off to a good start with fundraising — readers have been very generous — so I’m hoping we can raise the money we need to resume daily reporting by our deadline of April 8.

  • R.A. Stewart

    Oh, true enough–no bad idea can ever be called well and truly dead, especially in Illinois.

  • R.A. Stewart

    Sorry, that was meant to be a reply to BlueFairlane’s comment below.

    (My aunt drives a blue Fairlane, by the way. 1964, I think. Bought it new.)

  • BlueFairlane

    ’64s are pretty, but I’m partial ’63s. My second car (the first lasted almost no time) was a pretty blue 1963 Ford Fairlane I bought for $250 from some farmer guy who’d kept it parked behind his barn for a decade. I’m sentimental about that car. When it came time to choose an online identity, that’s the first thing that came to mind that wasn’t already taken.

  • Highway projects always have a way of coming back to life.