Today’s Headlines for Thursday, April 21

  • Video: Passers-By Ignored Marques Gaines as He Lay in the Street Before Being Struck (Tribune)
  • Suburban Man Charged With Hate Crime After Attacking Muslim Cab Driver (DNA)
  • Witnesses: Repeated Racist Taunts Led to Red Line Beating, Caught on Video (Sun-Times)
  • ELPC’s Lerner: Better Transit, High-Speed Rail Are Key for Keeping City Competitive (Crain’s)
  • Cottage Grove Streetscape Between 77th & 83rd Will Include Bump-Outs (City of Chicago)
  • Uber Executive David Plouffe Makes Case Against Additional Regulation to Sun-Times Board
  • Deputy Fire Commissioner Resigns After Crashing City-Issued Vehicle on the Drive (Tribune)
  • Derailment at Rail Yard Delays 3 Metra Union Pacific Lines (ABC)
  • What If Freight Trains Skirted the Suburbs Via New Rural Railroad? (Herald)
  • DNA: Lincoln Park Zoo, North Avenue Beach Highest Bike Theft Locations in City
  • Major Taylor Cycling Club of Chicago Hosts “Ride Over Violence” Saturday, May 7

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  • Matt F

    Wow that Red Line beating was pretty wild to see. Looks like street justice prevailed for once…

  • Anne A

    I hope the Cottage Grove streetscape will help to reduce speeding and injuries to pedestrians. Incorporating better drainage and street lighting sounds like a win. I’m looking forward to seeing the finished project.

  • The idea of a freight rail bypass of Chicago requires careful thought. It can create and free up much needed capacity for freight movement through the region. However, it is also likely to spur a suburbanization of freight related jobs and goods distribution that would hurt the local economy. It’s not a project that can be considered in isolation, but should be compared against other rail congestion projects in Chicago, including those of the CREATE program.

  • urbanleftbehind

    Thats true, all though I would say a ruralization, maybe exurbanization of freight-related jobs. Its southern flank appears to run parallel to that 2-state expressway which shall not be named.

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