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Today’s Headlines

  • Widening of Jane Addams Tollway to Begin Next Month (Tribune)
  • 1 Dead, 1 Injured in Crash in NW Suburban Ringwood (Sun-Times)
  • DUI Crackdowns in Rogers Park, Back of the Yards This Weekend (DNA)
  • Rehab of Glenwood Cobblestones Can’t Come Soon Enough for Rogers Park Merchants (DNA)
  • Pritzker Plans to Replace a Strip Mall Near Morse ‘L’ With “Quality Development” (DNA)
  • Inspector General Investigating Whether Burke’s Block Got Preferential Plowing (Sun-Times)
  • The Path Not Taken: 9 Alternative Visions for the Bloomingdale Trail (Curbed)
  • A Look at Chicago’s Shortest Streets (Curbed)
  • Every Month, Musicians Jam in a Metra UP-North Car on the Way to a Kenosha Fish Fry (DNA)

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Due to a funding shortfall, Streetsblog Chicago has suspended publication of orginal articles. Please see Streetsblog Editor-in-Chief Ben Fried’s message about the hiatus, and my post about the effort the revive the site via local fundraising. In the meantime, I am continuing to produce Today’s Headlines on a volunteer basis as a service to readers.

The Chicago Community Trust, a charitable foundation that was one of the early funders of SBC, has been impressed by the outpouring of support the site has received since we announced our hiatus on January 8. Thanks to the generosity of sponsors and readers like you, by February 16, we had raised $34K of the $75K needed to fund a year of operations.

As a result, CCT has very generously offered us a challenge grant. If Streetsblog reaches $50K in donations and sponsorships by our April 8 deadline to reboot the site, the Trust will provide the last $25K needed to resume daily publication of original reporting. In other words, our finish line is within sight.

However, we still have a lot of work to do in order to win the CCT funding that will allow us to relaunch. If you haven’t already done so, please donate to the Streetsblog Chicago Resurrection Fund today. While donations are not tax-deductible at this point, in the very unlikely event that the site does not relaunch by April 8, your money will be refunded.

If you’ve already contributed, thanks so much for helping us attract the challenge grant. As an added incentive to first-time donors, as well as those who’d like to make an additional contribution to help us win the CCT funding, anyone who donates $100 or more from this point on will be mailed a copy of my book “Bars Across America.” Donate $200 or more and we’ll also throw in a copy of the anthology “On Bicycles,” to which I contributed a chapter about Chicago’s West Town Bikes, while supplies last.

Please feel free to spread the word about the challenge grant to potential donors, or contact me at 312-560-3966 or greenfieldjohn[at]hotmail.com with leads on other possible funding sources. To keep you apprised on our progress as we enter the home stretch, I’ll be updating the above Donate-O-Meter along with Today’s Headlines each morning.

Thanks again for your continuing support.

- John

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Today’s Headlines

  • Candidates Canvasing CTA Stops, Courting Transit Union in Last Hours of Campaign (Tribune)
  • Shortly Before Today’s Election, Chuy Garcia Released His Transportation Platform
  • City Planning to Break Ground on Loop BRT Next Month (RedEye)
  • Take CDOT New Survey Re: Desired Ped, Bike, & Public Space Improvements (Active Trans)
  • Report: Pedestrian Death Caused by Cop Who Was Going Over 87 MPH Was “Unavoidable” (CBS)
  • Police Investigating Crash That Killed 5-Year-Old Gabriel Hovarth (Tribune)
  • Teen Who Was Rescued From Burning SUV on Lake Shore Drive Charged With DUI (CBS)
  • Cab Driver Fined, Suspended After Pleading Guilty to Sexual Harassment Charges (RedEye)
  • CTA Could Improve Its Twitter Ratings By Engaging With Followers (Tattler)

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Due to a funding shortfall, Streetsblog Chicago has suspended publication of orginal articles. Please see Streetsblog Editor-in-Chief Ben Fried’s message about the hiatus, and my post about the effort the revive the site via local fundraising. In the meantime, I am continuing to produce Today’s Headlines on a volunteer basis as a service to readers.

The Chicago Community Trust, a charitable foundation that was one of the early funders of SBC, has been impressed by the outpouring of support the site has received since we announced our hiatus on January 8. Thanks to the generosity of sponsors and readers like you, by February 16, we had raised $34K of the $75K needed to fund a year of operations.

As a result, CCT has very generously offered us a challenge grant. If Streetsblog reaches $50K in donations and sponsorships by our April 8 deadline to reboot the site, the Trust will provide the last $25K needed to resume daily publication of original reporting. In other words, our finish line is within sight.

However, we still have a lot of work to do in order to win the CCT funding that will allow us to relaunch. If you haven’t already done so, please donate to the Streetsblog Chicago Resurrection Fund today. While donations are not tax-deductible at this point, in the very unlikely event that the site does not relaunch by April 8, your money will be refunded.

If you’ve already contributed, thanks so much for helping us attract the challenge grant. As an added incentive to first-time donors, as well as those who’d like to make an additional contribution to help us win the CCT funding, anyone who donates $100 or more from this point on will be mailed a copy of my book “Bars Across America.” Donate $200 or more and we’ll also throw in a copy of the anthology “On Bicycles,” to which I contributed a chapter about Chicago’s West Town Bikes, while supplies last.

Please feel free to spread the word about the challenge grant to potential donors, or contact me at 312-560-3966 or greenfieldjohn[at]hotmail.com with leads on other possible funding sources. To keep you apprised on our progress as we enter the home stretch, I’ll be updating the above Donate-O-Meter along with Today’s Headlines each morning.

Thanks again for your continuing support.

- John

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Today’s Headlines

  • Driver Fatally Strikes 54-Year-Old Woman in Southwest Suburban Justice (Sun-Times)
  • 5-Year-Old Girl Killed in Crash After Teen Driver Loses Control on Kane County Road (CBS)
  • 26-Year Old Woman Dies After Driving Into Oncoming Traffic at Diversey and Pulaski (NBC)
  • Man Critically Injured After Girlfriend’s Ex Runs Him Over (Tribune)
  • Teen Rescued From Burning SUV After He Struck a Tree on Lake Shore Drive (CBS)
  • This Time, IDOT Is Toning Down Warnings About Impact of Ike Lane Closings (Tribune)
  • Utility Work for Argyle Shared Street Starts Today (DNA)
  • Several Trains on BNSF Line Canceled This Morning Due to an Early Breakdown (Tribune)
  • Chicago Heights Residents Do a Walkability Assessment of Dixie Highway (Active Trans)
  • Blackstone Bike Works Highlighted in Next City Article About Youth Bike Summit 
  • 6 Reports of Residential Crash-and-Grab Burglaries on the NW Side (Tribune)
  • Steven Talks to Architect Who Designed New Green Line Station (Architect’s Newspaper)

Get national headlines at Streetsblog USA


Due to a funding shortfall, Streetsblog Chicago has suspended publication of orginal articles. Please see Streetsblog Editor-in-Chief Ben Fried’s message about the hiatus, and my post about the effort the revive the site via local fundraising. In the meantime, I am continuing to produce Today’s Headlines on a volunteer basis as a service to readers.

The Chicago Community Trust, a charitable foundation that was one of the early funders of SBC, has been impressed by the outpouring of support the site has received since we announced our hiatus on January 8. Thanks to the generosity of sponsors and readers like you, by February 16, we had raised $34K of the $75K needed to fund a year of operations.

As a result, CCT has very generously offered us a challenge grant. If Streetsblog reaches $50K in donations and sponsorships by our April 8 deadline to reboot the site, the Trust will provide the last $25K needed to resume daily publication of original reporting. In other words, our finish line is within sight.

However, we still have a lot of work to do in order to win the CCT funding that will allow us to relaunch. If you haven’t already done so, please donate to the Streetsblog Chicago Resurrection Fund today. While donations are not tax-deductible at this point, in the very unlikely event that the site does not relaunch by April 8, your money will be refunded.

If you’ve already contributed, thanks so much for helping us attract the challenge grant. As an added incentive to first-time donors, as well as those who’d like to make an additional contribution to help us win the CCT funding, anyone who donates $100 or more from this point on will be mailed a copy of my book “Bars Across America.” Donate $200 or more and we’ll also throw in a copy of the anthology “On Bicycles,” to which I contributed a chapter about Chicago’s West Town Bikes, while supplies last.

Please feel free to spread the word about the challenge grant to potential donors, or contact me at 312-560-3966 or greenfieldjohn[at]hotmail.com with leads on other possible funding sources. To keep you apprised on our progress as we enter the home stretch, I’ll be updating the above Donate-O-Meter along with Today’s Headlines each morning.

Thanks again for your continuing support.

- John

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Today’s Headlines

  • Insiders Expect Rauner Will Propose Slashing RTA Funding in Today’s State Budget (Crain’s)
  • MPC Launches Accelerate Illinois Campaign to Highlight Urgent Need for Better Infra
  • Completion of Raised Bikeway on Roosevelt Pushed Back to August (DNA)
  • 100% of Candidates Answered Active Trans’ Survey In Only 12 of 43 Contested Wards (BWLP)
  • Man Imprisoned for DUI Going Back to Jailed After Driving on Revoked License (Tribune)
  • Work on Circle Interchange Flyer Scheduled to Begin Next Month (DNA)
  • While the Boston Blizzard Shut Down Trains, The ‘L’ Kept Rolling Through Snowstorm (Tattler)
  • Pets-on-Trains Advocate to Metra: Naysayers’ Bark Is Worse Than Their Bite (Tribune)
  • Chicago Bike Mom Takes Her Family’s Cargo Bike on the ‘L’
  • “7 on the Streets” Series Looks at the Stories Behind Chicago Street Names (ABC)

Get national headlines at Streetsblog USA

Due to a funding shortfall, Streetsblog Chicago has suspended publication of orginal articles. Please see Streetsblog Editor-in-Chief Ben Fried’s message about the hiatus, and my post about the effort the revive the site via local fundraising. In the meantime, I am continuing to produce Today’s Headlines on a volunteer basis as a service to readers.

The Chicago Community Trust, a charitable foundation that was one of the early funders of SBC, has been impressed by the outpouring of support the site has received since we announced our hiatus on January 8. Thanks to the generosity of sponsors and readers like you, by February 13, we had raised $34K of the $75K needed to fund a year of operations.

As a result, CCT has very generously offered us a challenge grant. If Streetsblog reaches $50K in donations and sponsorships by our April 8 deadline to reboot the site, the Trust will provide the last $25K needed to resume daily publication of original reporting. In other words, our finish line is within sight.

However, we still have a lot of work to do in order to win the CCT funding that will allow us to relaunch. If you haven’t already done so, please donate to the Streetsblog Chicago Resurrection Fund today. While donations are not tax-deductible at this point, in the very unlikely event that the site does not relaunch by April 8, your money will be refunded.

If you’ve already contributed, thanks so much for helping us attract the challenge grant. As an added incentive to first-time donors, as well as those who’d like to make an additional contribution to help us win the CCT funding, anyone who donates $100 or more from this point on will be mailed a copy of my book “Bars Across America.” Donate $200 or more and we’ll also throw in a copy of the anthology “On Bicycles,” to which I contributed a chapter about Chicago’s West Town Bikes, while supplies last.

Please feel free to spread the word about the challenge grant to potential donors, or contact me at 312-560-3966 or greenfieldjohn[at]hotmail.com with leads on other possible funding sources. To keep you apprised on our progress as we enter the home stretch, I’ll be updating the above Donate-O-Meter along with Today’s Headlines each morning.

Thanks again for your continuing support.

- John

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Only $16K Left to Raise Before Streetsblog Chicago Rides Again

Good news! Over the weekend, there was a major breakthrough in our effort to resurrect Streetsblog Chicago as your daily source for sustainable transportation news and livable streets advocacy.

The Chicago Community Trust, a charitable foundation that was one of the early funders of SBC, has been impressed by the outpouring of support the site has received since we announced our hiatus on January 8. Thanks to the generosity of sponsors and readers like you, we have so far raised $34K of the $75K needed to fund a year of operations.

As a result, CCT has very generously offered us a challenge grant. If readers and sponsors donate an additional $16K by our April 8 deadline to reboot the site, the Trust will provide the last $25K needed to resume daily publication of original reporting. In other words, our finish line is within sight.

However, we still have a lot of work to do in order to win the CCT funding that will allow us to relaunch. If you haven’t already done so, please donate to the Streetsblog Chicago Resurrection Fund today. While donations are not tax-deductible at this point, in the very unlikely event that the site does not relaunch by April 8, your money will be refunded.

If you’ve already contributed, thanks so much for helping us attract the challenge grant. As an added incentive to first-time donors, as well as those who’d like to make an additional contribution to help us win the CCT funding, anyone who donates $100 or more from this point on will be mailed a copy of my book “Bars Across America.” Donate $200 or more and we’ll also throw in a copy of the anthology “On Bicycles,” to which I contributed a chapter about Chicago’s West Town Bikes, while supplies last.

Please feel free to spread the word about the challenge grant to potential donors, or contact me at 312-560-3966 or greenfieldjohn[at]hotmail.com with leads on other possible funding sources. To keep you apprised on our progress as we enter the home stretch, I’ll be updating the above Donate-O-Meter along with Today’s Headlines each morning.

Thanks again for your continuing support.

- John

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Reserve Your Spot in a City With People-Friendly Streets

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Photo: John Greenfield

Help build a new Chicago, where cars don’t have first “Dibs” on public space. If you haven’t already done so, please donate to the Streetsblog Chicago Resurrection Fund today, so we can keep fighting the good fight for better walking, biking, and transit. If the site does not return to daily publication of original articles by April 8, all contributions will be refunded. As always, thanks for your support!

- John

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Today’s Headlines

  • Foxx Drops by to Announce $120 Million in Federal Funds for Your New Blue (DNA)
  • Jeff Park Plan Highlights City’s Failure to Think Big With Station Rehabs (Steven Can Plan)
  • CDOT Plans to Dramatically Shorten Pedestrian Crossing Distance at Touhy/Rogers (DNA)
  • Jewel Considers Shrinking Parking Lots to Create More Retail Space (Crain’s)
  • Cop Who Fatally Struck Woman in ’02 Charged With New DUI, Hit-and-Run (Tribune)
  • Police Arrested 2 Drivers During DUI Sting in Bridgeport Last Weekend (DNA)
  • Thief Steals School Bus, Crashes It Into the Front of a “Card Frenzy” Store (CBS)
  • 2 Metra BNSF Trains Canceled This Morning Due to Switching Problems (Tribune)
  • While Chicago Warns Shoveling Scofflaws, Evanston & Naperville Ticket Them (Tribune)
  • If “Dibs” Is Fair for Parking, Why Not Apply It to Restaurants & Theaters? (Crain’s)
  • A Sneak Peek at the Bike Winter Art Show, Which Open This Friday (DNA)

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Due to a funding shortfall, Streetsblog Chicago has suspended publication of orginal articles. Please see Streetsblog Editor-in-Chief Ben Fried’s message about the hiatus, and my post about the effort the revive the site via local fundraising. In the meantime, I am continuing to produce Today’s Headlines on a volunteer basis as a service to readers.

If you would like to see Streetsblog Chicago return to daily reporting on sustainable transportation and livable streets issues, please consider making a contribution to the Streetsblog Chicago Resurrection Fund. Donations are not tax-deductible at this point, but all donors will receive an email stating that their money will be returned if daily publication of original articles has not resumed by April 8, three months from the start of the hiatus.

Feel free to contact me at greenfieldjohn[at]hotmail.com or 312-560-3966 for more info about how your donation will be used, or to discuss ideas for other possible funding sources. Stay tuned for updates on the fundraising effort via the Streetsblog Chicago Facebook and Twitter accounts, and occasional posts on the website. Thanks for your support!

- John

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Thanks to the Pedway Pub Crawl, We’re Now at 42% of Our Funding Goal

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Over 100 people joined us for last Thursday’s Pedway tour. Photo: Eric Allix Rogers

I’m pleased to report that we’ve made significant headway in our efforts to revive Streetsblog Chicago through local funding. If we continue at this pace, we will be able to relaunch this spring. We owe it all to generous support from readers like you, as well as our advertisers, plus last week’s fantastic Pedway tour and pub stroll, hosted by our friends at Moxie Chicago and the Active Transportation Alliance.

The Streetsblog Chicago Resurrection Fund currently holds $31,700, which is 42 percent of the $75,000 we need for a year of operations. This sum will allow me to resume my role as a full-time employee, and allow Steven Vance to resume his role as a part-time employee, writing one or two posts a week. It will also give us a budget to pay freelancers and cover administrative expenses. Any additional funds we raise will go towards more posts from Steven.

In other organizational news, we recently submitted an application with the IRS to launch a new 501(c)3 nonprofit called the Chicagoland Streets Project, which will serve as the parent organization for Streetsblog Chicago. Forming the nonprofit will allow us to accept grants from charitable foundations, which will be key for making SBC financially sustainable.

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Behold: The 501(c)3 application for the Chicagoland Streets Project.

Streetsblog LA editor Damien Newton, who went through a very similar reboot process several years ago, was a huge help in walking me through the application process. Big thanks also to Peter Skosey from the Metropolitan Planning Council, Ron Burke from Active Trans, and Randy Neufeld from the SRAM Cycling Fund, who have provided advice and assistance as we reach out to potential donors.

As part of the process of setting up the 501(c)3, we’ve recruited three important leaders in the local transportation advocacy scene as our charter board members. Anne Alt, a Streetsblog contributor and Beverly resident, works at bicycle law firm FK Law, and helps lead the Chicago Cycling Club, Active Trans, and Friends of the Major Taylor Trail.

Uptown resident Maria Barnes owns the commuter-oriented bike shop Uptown Bikes, and is a former Active Trans board member. Streetsblog contributor Olantunji Oboi Reed, who lives in the South Loop, is the co-leader of Slow Roll Chicago, Red Bike and Green Chicago, and the South Side Critical Mass. We’ll be announcing several other board members in the near future.

Last Thursday’s Pedway pub crawl raised $1,400 for our war chest, which significantly moved the needle towards our goal, and it was a fabulous time as well. Over 100 people turned out for a tour of Chicago’s overlooked system of underground walkways, led by yours truly.

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Today’s Headlines

  • Check Out Active Trans‘ 2015 Voter Guide to See Where Candidates Stand on Transportation
  • At Debate, Emanuel Attacked Over Cams, Wilson Only Candidate to Oppose “Dibs” (Tribune)
  • Feds Award $120 Million to Your New Blue, Including Jeff Park Station Overhaul (CBS)
  • Man Killed After Jumping in Front of Blue Line Train Near Division Street (DNA)
  • Police: Senior on Crack Threatened to Run Over Woman During Parking Dispute (DNA)
  • What? Pickup Driver Speeded Onto Empty Car Carrier on Bishop Ford Expressway (Tribune)
  • City Issues Warnings to Snow Shoveling Scofflaws, But No Tickets Yet (RedEye)
  • Etiquette Tips For Folks Who Only Ride the ‘L’ When It’s Too Snowy to Drive (Tribune)
  • Remembering the 1979 Blizzard That Brought Chicago to a Standstill (Chicago Magazine)
  • Gallery: Interesting Junk People Are Using as Parking Placeholders (Chicago Dibs)
  • …And Then There’s This “Dibs”-Themed Cupcake (DNA)

Get national headlines at Streetsblog USA

Due to a funding shortfall, Streetsblog Chicago has suspended publication of orginal articles. Please see Streetsblog Editor-in-Chief Ben Fried’s message about the hiatus, and my post about the effort the revive the site via local fundraising. In the meantime, I am continuing to produce Today’s Headlines on a volunteer basis as a service to readers.

If you would like to see Streetsblog Chicago return to daily reporting on sustainable transportation and livable streets issues, please consider making a contribution to the Streetsblog Chicago Resurrection Fund. Donations are not tax-deductible at this point, but all donors will receive an email stating that their money will be returned if daily publication of original articles has not resumed by April 8, three months from the start of the hiatus.

Feel free to contact me at greenfieldjohn[at]hotmail.com or 312-560-3966 for more info about how your donation will be used, or to discuss ideas for other possible funding sources. Stay tuned for updates on the fundraising effort via the Streetsblog Chicago Facebook and Twitter accounts, and occasional posts on the website. Thanks for your support!

- John

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Today’s Headlines

  • Officer Fatally Strikes Pedestrian on Darkened South Chicago Street (Tribune)
  • Judge: Driver Not Guilty of Felony DUI Because Pedestrian “Came Out of Nowhere” (Tribune)
  • Wrong-Way Driver Kills Senior on Route 173 Near Antioch (Sun-Times)
  • More Than 50 Killed and 300 Injured in Wrong-Way Crashes in IL Since 2005 (NBC)
  • Police: Drunk Motorist Drives Past Marked Squad Car, Runs 5 Stoplights (Sun-Times)
  • Subway 4G May Cause Some to Switch Lines — And Bill Savage to Ride Less (RedEye)
  • Bill Savages the Traffic Cam Program: “Everyone Agrees They’re About Revenue” (Crain’s)
  • Elk Grove Village Is Seeking Input on Its Bike Plan (Active Trans)
  • Shocking News: Drivers Are Griping About Unplowed Side Streets (Tribune)
  • On the Other Hand, Alderman Ed Burke’s Street Has Been Plowed 5 Times (Sun-Times)
  • Meanwhile, Moreno Is Using Campaign Funds to Pay for Extra Plowing (DNA)
  • Chicago Mag Offers a Quiz to Determine Whether or Not Drivers Have the Right to “Dibs”

Get national headlines at Streetsblog USA

Due to a funding shortfall, Streetsblog Chicago has suspended publication of orginal articles. Please see Streetsblog Editor-in-Chief Ben Fried’s message about the hiatus, and my post about the effort the revive the site via local fundraising. In the meantime, I am continuing to produce Today’s Headlines on a volunteer basis as a service to readers.

If you would like to see Streetsblog Chicago return to daily reporting on sustainable transportation and livable streets issues, please consider making a contribution to the Streetsblog Chicago Resurrection Fund. Donations are not tax-deductible at this point, but all donors will receive an email stating that their money will be returned if daily publication of original articles has not resumed by April 8, three months from the start of the hiatus.

Feel free to contact me at greenfieldjohn[at]hotmail.com or 312-560-3966 for more info about how your donation will be used, or to discuss ideas for other possible funding sources. Stay tuned for updates on the fundraising effort via the Streetsblog Chicago Facebook and Twitter accounts, and occasional posts on the website. Thanks for your support!

- John