Today’s Headlines for Thursday, April 27

  • When the Eisenhower Expressway Moved in, Who Was Forced Out? (WBEZ)
  • Road Rage Sparks First Fatal Shooting on an Illinois Tollway, Officials Say (Tribune)
  • Woman On Motorcycle Killed In Hanover Park Hit-And-Run Crash (CBS)
  • Police Searching for Man Who Sexually Assaulted a Teen on the Milwaukee Ave. Bus (NBC)
  • ATA, TribuneDNA Looks at the Recent 50% Spike in Reported Bicycle Dooring Crashes
  • Metra: UP NW Line to Be Slowed by 30 Minutes for Rail Work (Sun-Times)
  • Dust in the Wind: Merchants Say Debris From Broadway Utility Work Is Pulverizing Sales (DNA)
  • Evanston Will Purchase a New Divvy Station for the Dempster Purple Line Stop (DN)
  • Divvy Is Awesome, But the Bikes Are Frickin’ Tanks (Medium Rare)
  • Community Meetings on Red/Purple Modernization 5/4 and 5/11 (CTA)

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  • R.A. Stewart

    The Hanover Park hit-and-run was apparently committed by an 83-year-old man from West Chicago who suffers from dementia. WBBM radio reported that the man claims to have no memory of striking the motorcyclist, that his family started calling local police departments after he reported finding glass in his car, and that they were devastated for the motorcyclist and her family after finding out what happened. His attorney apparently plans to enter a not guilty plea on grounds of lack of mental capacity.

    Now that it’s too late, I suppose some will ask the obvious question, What was someone with that degree of mental impairment doing driving?

    It will not even occur to anyone, of course–at least outside a handful of sites like this–to question the unrestrained suburbanization of the past 70 years, which has left most Americans living in places where there is no way to get anywhere or do anything outside their homes without driving, regardless of whether they want to or can do so safely. Ironically, according to WBBM’s report, when he hit the motorcyclist the defendant was driving home from … mall walking. Only in America does the grotesque absurdity fail to register.


Today’s Headlines

Graphic: CTA Meeting Performance Targets for Rail But Not for Buses (Crain’s) Female Pedestrian Dies From Injuries Sustained in August 30 Old Town Taxi Crash (DNA) Motorcyclist Fatally Strikes Man in Romeoville (Tribune) Parents of Driver Who Killed Girl While High Hope the Case Will be a Cautionary Tale (Tribune) Oboi Reed‘s Latest South Side […]

Today’s Headlines for Monday, October 19

CTA Yellow Line Service Will Return on 10/30, Inspiring Countless Halloween Costumes (Tribune) Local Leaders & Amtrak Announce Plans for the Union Station Rehab (Crain’s) New CMAQ Grants Include $125 Million for CTA’s Red-Purple Modernization Project (CMAP) City Drops Plan to Close Jeff Park Street, Which Had Only a Modest Number of Crashes (DNA) Editorial: If […]

Today’s Headlines

Divvy Comes to Pawar’s Ward; Construction Starts on Berteau Greenway (DNA) While Lakeview NIMBYs Sue Over Divvy Station, Uptowners Are Stoked About Theirs (Sun-Times) Sole Metra Board Member Who Opposed Clifford’s Severance Deal Wants Him Rehired (Sun-Times) Police Release Photograph of Purple SUV in Fatal Rogers Park Hit-and-Run (Tribune) Water Department: Sheridan Road Construction Ahead […]

Today’s Headlines

Future of IL Transportation Is Unclear in the Wake of Rauner’s Apparent Victory (Tribune) Durbin, a Strong Supporter of Transit & Bike Improvements, Returning to Senate (Sun-Times) 62-Year-Old Pedestrian Fatally Struck After 2 Cars Collide on NW Side (Tribune) CTA Says Demolition Work for Wilson Station Rehab Is On Track (DNA) More on the Divvy Unionizing […]

Today’s Headlines for Wednesday, October 21

Rahm Wants to Hike (Rarely Enforced) Fines for Businesses That Don’t Shovel Sidewalks (Tribune) Woman Hospitalized After Crashing SUV Into Pace Bus, Then Storefront in Winnetka (Sun-Times) Police: Motorcyclist Who Killed a Pedestrian Ran Red at Buckingham Fountain Crosswalk (Tribune) Man Allegedly Exposed Himself to Metra Passengers at Bartlett Station (Tribune) After Yellow Line Reopens, There’ll […]

Today’s Headlines

Federal Appropriations Bill Is Good News for Red and Purple Line Funding (Crain’s) Orseno Defends Metra Performance During Last Week’s Chiberia (Tribune) Metra Trains Crowded Due to Repairs of Cars Damaged During Big Chill (Sun-Times) New Ravenswood Metra Station Slated to Open in May (DNA) Austin Will Be Getting Divvy Stations ( It’s Time to […]