Today’s Headlines for Thursday, June 30

  • Monique Garcia: State Budget Deal Would Let Chicago Create Transit TIFs
  • Good Samaritan Stabbed After Trying to Stop Harassment of Mom & Kids on CTA Bus (Fox)
  • 3 Injured After Driver Crashes Into Wilmette Salon (Sun-Times)
  • A Report of Armed Robbery on the Lakefront Trail Near 43rd Street (The Chainlink)
  • Did Fire Department Official Get Preferential Treatment After His DUI? (Sun-Times)
  • Locked Path Bollards Blamed for Delaying Ambulance on Great Western Trail (ABC)
  • City of Evanston Is Installing a Protected Bike Lane on Dodge Between Howard & Lake
  • Upgraded Metra Website Includes Real-Time Info on Train Locations (Sun-Times)
  • Police & Metra Hold “Operation Lifesaver Station Safety Blitz” in Buffalo Grove (CBS)
  • Suburban Woman Allegedly Slapped Firefighter While Riding Divvy (DNA)
  • Shirtless Man Lives the Dream by Pretending to Drive CTA Bus (DNA)

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  • Transit TIFs: We need to increase taxes not rob Peter to pay Paul. Taking money away from schools to fund transit is not wise. It is just a way to pit parents and teachers against transit users. Us against us. Both systems need more funding. If you want to redistribute wealth there are tried and true methods developed during the great depression of the 1930s when things were worse than they are now. Basically they n(we) prevented excess profits and concentration of wealth in way too few hands. It is the major reason why we did so well in the 1950s and 1960s economically. It is still called progressive taxation. Instead, Illinois and Chicago depend upon regressive taxation. None of this is new. We have just allowed ourselves to be hood-winked into thinking that the rich are somehow good at economics. And they are good at the economics of enriching themselves at our expense. Sorry for the rant.

  • Chicagoan

    As the youths say, “Get it!”.

  • Chicagoan

    More architecture news, but:

    President Obama just chose Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects for the Obama Presidential Center.

    Anyone have some strong thoughts on this, positively or negatively?

  • Kevin M

    I whole-heartedly agree with all of this. TIFs are a convuluted solution to a simple wealth/resource inequity problem.


Today’s Headlines for Wednesday, September 7

Chicagoist Looks at the City’s Vision Zero Announcement Politicians, Activists Showed Up for Debut of 31st Street Bus Pilot Yesterday (DNA) Pedestrian Fatally Struck in Dunning on August 28 Identified as Krzysztof Wlostowski (DNA) 12 Suffer Minor Injuries After CTA Bus / Car Crash (ABC) Driver of Mercedes Injures Bike Cop in Loop, Officer in Good […]

Today’s Headlines

Residents Will Contest Proposed Tower Next to Renovated California Station Tonight (Curbed) CTA Debuted Electric Buses Wednesday to Test If They Can Last 100 Miles (Tribune) New Edgewater Strip Mall Begins Construction Around Corner From 24-Hour Red Line Station (DNA) Court Monitor Appointed to Track IDOT After Quinn’s Patronage Hiring Scheme Unraveled (Tribune) Metra Board Chair: […]

Today’s Headlines

Neighbors Hope to Block Pritzker Parking Garage With Landmark Designation (DNA) CTA Revenues for First Four Months of 2013 Lower Than Expected (Sun-Times) CTA Board Approves $1.7 Million Contract for Bus Lighting (CTA) Severe Weather Temporarily Halts Some Metra Service (Tribune) Why Didn’t the CTA Move Forward With Block 37 Super Station? (Chicago) Driver Killed […]

Today’s Headlines for Thursday, August 27

MPC: Yellow Line Collapse Is a Reminder That IL Needs to Better Fund Transportation (Sun-Times) CTA Gets $750K USDOT Grant to Train Ex-Offenders as Bus Mechanics (CBS) Girl Who Was Born Prematurely After 2005 Metra Crash Gets $4.1 Million Settlement (Tribune) Teen Jumps on Hood of Car to Smash It With Bat, Gets Injured After Driver Speeds […]

Today’s Headlines for Friday, March 3

CTA Will Reroute Some Red Line Trains to Accommodate 95th Street Station Work (Tribune) Metra Doors Suddenly Opened on Packed Rush Hour Train at 34 MPH (Sun-Times) Off-Duty CTA Bus Driver Who Attacked Woman With Bat Gets 18 Months Probation (DNA) Driver Rear-Ends Police Car and CTA Bus, Injuring 2 Officers (DNA) Chicago River Trail […]

Today’s Headlines

Politicians Get Their Shoes Dirty at Long-Awaited Bloomingdale Trail Groundbreaking (DNA) CTA Has Some Bugs to Work Out of the Ventra System (Tribune, CBS) Metra Board Picks Operations Chief Don Orseno, a “Railroad Man,” as Interim CEO (Tribune, CBS) County Resolution Calls for Ouster of 3 out of 5 Remaining Metra Board Members (Sun-Times) Waguespack Questions […]