Today’s Headlines

  • Weeks Before Yellow Line Snafu, Concerns Were Expressed Over Construction (Tribune)
  • RedFlex CEO Who Allegedly Bribed CDOT Official Is Set to Plead Guilty (Tribune)
  • For 2nd Time This Year, Truck Driver Tragically Failed to Yield to Mother & Child in Crosswalk (ABC)
  • Driver Injures Pedestrian in Morgan Park, Flees the Scene (Sun-Times)
  • Driver Seriously Injures Pedestrian in Cary, No Charges (Herald)
  • More State Troopers Will Patrol Chicago Expressways to Prevent Shootings (Sun-Times)
  • Teens Charged After They Violently Tried to Recover Stolen Bike (DNA)
  • Kenilworth Side Street Closures to Block New Trier Cut-Through Traffic Don’t Cause Jams (Tribune)
  • Residents Ask Carpentersville Leaders to Oppose Longmeadow Parkway (Herald)
  • Megabus Avoids Driver Strike With New Contract (Tribune)
  • Neighborhood Association Endorses Zoning Changes for TOD at 975 W. Wilson (DNA)
  • Construction on Lincoln Park TOD — With $1,600 Studios — Will Begin in March (DNA)

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  • BlueFairlane

    Were I editor, I’d put an “allegedly” or a “suspected” in front of “stolen bike.” So far, nobody’s said anything about whether those book-smart morons had the right bike before they started beating a man.

  • They were trying to recover the stolen bike. That doesn’t necessarily mean they attacked the guy with the stolen bike.

  • R.A. Stewart

    Regarding the Yellow Line story, it had not even occurred to me that if service is ever reinstated the CTA would use the loss of ridership as an excuse for drastic cuts, but of course they will.

    That’s a big “if,” though. My guess at this point is that Walsh Construction is going to make out like a bandit, the work will drag on for years, and taxpayers will be stuck with the bills for studies, litigation, never-quite-completed restoration, and no Yellow Line service for a long, long time.

  • BlueFairlane

    We don’t know that the bike they were trying to recover was stolen. They may have thought it was stolen. It also might have been the guy’s bike.

  • Kevin M

    The Yellow Line will be back in service by the end of this year. Besides the motivation to re-instate a revenue stream, the CTA has a train yard that is only accessible via the Yellow line–and, thus, has been inaccessible (by rail) since the Yellow Line went off-line. They’ve had to truck train cars back and forth over roads–a logistical and economical challenge that the CTA will not want to continue for “a long, long time.”

  • Kevin M

    Allow me to clarify: this train yard is used for refurbishing train cars, not storage. If I can find the article that I learned this from, I’ll post that as well.

  • ohsweetnothing

    This isn’t to excuse those kids for severely beating the hell out of someone, but I know from personal experience that if you don’t ask the “right” police officer when you find a stolen bike for sale, they will encourage you to set up a fake sting on your own and THEN call CPD and they’ll show up “when they can”…which can certainly pave the way to vigilante acts like this.

  • R.A. Stewart

    Yes, there is that. I do remember the train repair/refurbishing yard now that you mention it. I don’t recall where I read about it–maybe an earlier Tribune story. So I stand, probably, I hope, corrected, at least as to when the Yellow Line might run again.

  • R.A. Stewart
  • rohmen

    To be fair to the victim, isn’t the question as to whether it was “stolen” unresolved. It appears the kids clearly believed it was, presumably because it was or looked like a bike they knew had been stolen, but the article suggests whether it was actually a stolen bike is an open question.

  • ohsweetnothing

    Oh yeah completely agree. All the more reason for CPD to be more uniformly proactive re: bike thefts. I imagine it’s low on the list of offenses they’re tasked with addressing in the City, but if cycling keeps increasing in popularity you definitely don’t want run-ins like this increasing as well.

  • rohmen

    The one personal connection I have to someone who got their bike back through a sting had CPD’s help. Agree that it sucks (but isn’t surprising) that it apparently depends on what officer you get when you call.

  • ohsweetnothing

    CPD ultimately helped me get my bike back, but it was after I talked to a third officer. The first two gave me the advice in my original comment.