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See You Tonight at Revolution Brewing for Our Donor Appreciation Party

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The cavernous taproom at RevBrew’s Kedzie facility. Photo: Big Shoulders Atlas

We’ve come a long way since Streetsblog Chicago went on hiatus in early January due to funding issues. We now have less than $7,000 left to raise until we win a challenge grant from the Chicago Community Trust that will allow us to resume original reporting. However, we’ve got exactly two weeks until our April 8 reboot deadline, so we can still use some help. If you haven’t already done so, please consider making a contribution to the Streetsblog Chicago Resurrection Fund.

As a show of appreciation to our readers and sponsors who have stepped up to the plate to support us, we’re hosting a Donor Appreciation Party tonight from 6 to 9 p.m. at Revolution Brewing’s Kedzie Avenue taproom, 3340 North Kedzie (NOT their Milwaukee Avenue brewpub). It’s an opportunity to mingle with movers and shakers in the local sustainable transportation scene while enjoying RevBrew’s tasty craft beer. Admission is free; cash bar.

All Streetsblog reader are encouraged to attend. If you’ve donated $100 or more, be sure to stop by the welcome table, where you’ll receive a drink ticket and a copy of my book “Bars Across America.” If you’ve made multiple donations that total $100, please email me at greenfieldjohn[at]hotmail.com to make sure you’re included on the VIP list. If I you owe you a book but you can’t attend, let me know and I’ll drop one in the mail for you.

We’re looking forward to seeing many of you this evening at the brewery, and we can’t wait to get back to work bringing you the latest sustainable transportation and safe streets news. As always, big thanks for your support.

– John

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Today’s Headlines

  • Active Trans Launches Petition to Support “Vision Zero” Fatality Reduction Strategy
  • Driver Killed in Crash, Passenger Injured, After Running Stoplight in Aurora (CBS)
  • 79-Year-Old Woman Dies After Crashing Her Van Near DeKalb (Tribune)
  • Semi Driver Injures Pedestrian in Elmhurst, Flees the Scene (Sun-Times)
  • Man Shot in Stomach Duting Belmont Craigin Road Rage Incident (DNA)
  • Video: Real Estate Guy Goes Ballistic During Rogers Park Road Rage Melee (DNA)
  • Bike Cops Save the Life of Elderly Tourist on the Mag Mile (Sun-Times)
  • Plan Commission Approves TOD Projects in West Loop & Logan Square (Curbed)
  • Hacker Derek Eder Says Transit Agencies Could Think Bigger With Ventra App (RedEye)
  • Steinberg Does the Right Thing by Not Stealing a Loose Divvy Bike (Sun-Times)

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Whether or not you’ve contributed to the Streetsblog Chicago Resurrection Fund, we hope you can join us for our Donor Appreciation Party tonight from 6-9 p.m. at Revolution Brewing’s Kedzie Avenue taproom, 3340 North Kedzie. All Streetsblog readers are invited to attend this free event, and everyone who has contributed $100 or more will get a complimentary beer courtesy of RevBrew, plus a free copy of my book “Bars Across America.” If you’ve made multiple donations that add up to $100, please be sure to notify me at greenfieldjohn[at] hotmail.com to ensure you are included on the VIP list.

Thanks to the support of readers like you, our fundraising effort has come a long way since SBC went on hiatus on January 8. We have raised $43,460 in contributions and ad sales, so we’ve got less than $7K to raise before we hit $50K. At that point, we’ll win a $25K challenge grant from the Chicago Community Trust, which will allow us to resume publication by our April 8 deadline.

However, we now have two weeks to meet that goal. If you value Streetsblog’s hard-hitting coverage of local transportation and safe streets news, and you haven’t already done so, please make a contribution 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.

One more thing: If you’d like to get Today’s Headlines in your email inbox right after they go live, sign up for our mailing list here.

As always, thanks for your support. We hope to see you tonight at RevBrew!

– John

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Join Us for a Bike Tour of Transit-Oriented Development Sites on April 11

This proposed building at 830 N Milwaukee Avenue will be part of our TOD Tour. Rendering by bKL Architecture

Want to hear developers talk about why they’ve chosen to build “parking-lite” residential projects near ‘L’ stops? We’re leading a bike ride around the city to visit sites where firms are taking advantage of Chicago’s 2013 transit-oriented development ordinance. Here’s the skinny:

Streetsblog Chicago’s TOD Bike Tour, Saturday, April 11, 1-4 p.m., leaving from Daley Plaza, 50 West Washington, $20 admission charge (cash or credit card) benefits SBC.

While developers are usually required to provide a 1:1 ratio of parking spaces to units, whether or not residents will actually use all those spots, the TOD law reduces that requirement by half for sites within two blocks of rapid transit stations. So, instead of building housing that encourages people to bring more cars into a neighborhood, the companies that are taking advantage of the ordinance are promoting transit use and other sustainable ways to get around.

The TOD law also allows for more more square footage to be built on a given footprint near train stops – if they meet certain requirements – which means that developers can build more units. Along with the reduced parking mandate, higher density encourages more affordable housing costs, and allows more residents to save time and money by living close to transit.

The tour will depart from Daley Plaza at 1:15 p.m. sharp and visit these sites (map). Some we’ll stop at and others we’ll pass by:

  1. 500 N Milwaukee Ave – In demolition phase
  2. 830 N Milwaukee Ave – In approval phase (stop)
  3. 1611 W Division St – Completed (stop)
  4. 1237 N Milwaukee Ave – In demolition phase
  5. 2211 N Milwaukee Ave – In approval phase (stop)
  6. 2293 N Milwaukee Ave – In community engagement phase
  7. 2338 N California Ave – Has Plan Commission approval, waiting for Council approval
  8. 3400 N Lincoln Ave – In approval phase
  9. 1819 W Montrose Ave – In approval phase (stop)

At each stop, representatives from the development or architecture firm will give a short presentation about the project. The last site is next to the Montrose Brown Line station, where you can catch a ride back to the Loop with your bike, or else join us for more conversation about development and transportation over pints at the nearby Fountainhead Tavern, 1970 West Montrose Ave.

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Today’s Headlines

  • Aldermen Hope to Force a Vote on Ordinance to Phase Out Traffic Cams (DNA)
  • Active Trans: Despite What Tribune‘s “Experts” Say, Don’t Pander to Speeders
  • Local Gas Prices Expected to Spike Next Week (Sun-Times)
  • 2 Killed in Head-On Collision Between Pickup & School Bus in Hebron (Tribune)
  • 2 Injured in Head-On Crash Involving Postal Service Truck Near Plainfield (CBS)
  • $26 Million Awarded to Man Who Suffered Brain Damage in Taxi Crash (Tribune)
  • Audit of Taxi Regulation Procedures Finds Flaws in Safety Inspections (Tribune)
  • Lyft CEO Says the Car-Sharing Service is Profitable in Chicago (Crain’s)
  • A Chicago Bike Messenger Explores Beirut, Lebanon, on 2 Wheels (RedBull)

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Whether or not you’ve contributed to the Streetsblog Chicago Resurrection Fund, we hope you can join us for our Donor Appreciation Party on Wednesday, March 25, 6-9 p.m. at Revolution Brewing’s Kedzie Avenue taproom, 3340 North Kedzie. All Streetsblog readers are invited to attend this free event, and everyone who has contributed $100 or more will get a complimentary beer courtesy of RevBrew, plus a free copy of my book “Bars Across America.”

Thanks to the support of readers like you, our fundraising effort has come a long way since SBC went on hiatus on January 8. We have raised $42,154 in contributions and ad sales, so we’ve got less than $8K to raise before we hit $50K. [Note: We’re currently having some technical difficulties with our Donate-O-Meter graphic after moving the site to a new server — this should be fixed soon.] At that point, we’ll win a $25K challenge grant from the Chicago Community Trust, which will allow us to resume publication by our April 8 deadline.

However, we now have only about three weeks to meet that goal. If you value Streetsblog’s hard-hitting coverage of local transportation and safe streets news, and you haven’t already done so, please make a contribution 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.

One more thing: If you’d like to get Today’s Headlines in your email inbox right after they go live, sign up for our mailing list here.

As always, thanks for your support. We hope to see you on the 25th at RevBrew!

– John

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Today’s Headlines

  • CTA & Riders Report That First Day of Purple Express Reroute Was “Smooth” (RedEye)
  • IDOT: Starting Today, Byrne Flyover Construction Will Cause Months of Delays (Tribune)
  • Teen Driver Critically Injures Woman Walking Her Dog in Arlington Heights (Tribune)
  • Driver Who Fled After Fatal 2009 Joliet Crash Arrested in Arkansas (Tribune)
  • Metra Derailment on the Northwest Side Fouled Up Evening Commutes (Sun-Times)
  • Train of the Damned: Metra’s BNSF Run 1279 Has Reliably Unreliable Service (Tribune)
  • Here’s What the Bloomingdale Trail Looks Like Right Now (DNA)
  • Crash-and-Grab Burglars Hit a Glenview Electronics Store (Tribune)
  • Prankster Places “Ball Pit Door” in the Middle of Union Station’s Great Hall (YouTube)
  • Artists Create Shrine to Derrick Rose at Former “Our Lady of the Underpass” Site (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 that 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 get 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.

We’re hosting a Donor Appreciation Party on Wednesday, March 25, 6-9 p.m. at Revolution Brewing’s Kedzie Avenue taproom, 3340 North Kedzie. All Streetsblog readers are invited to attend this free event, and everyone who has contributed $100 or more will get a complimentary beer courtesy of RevBrew, plus their free book(s).

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

  • CTA Ridership Fell 3% Last Year, But ‘L’ Ridership Is at Highest Level in 50 Years (Tribune)
  • Garcia Vows to Remove Red Light Cams “Because Chicagoans Want Them Gone” (Tribune)
  • Yearlong Purple Line Reroute for Wilson Stop Construction Starts Monday (RedEye)
  • Driver Kills Andrew Smith, 41, Injures 3 Others People in West Garfield Park (Sun-Times)
  • Semi Driver Hit Disabled Car in Long Grove, Fire Destroys Both Vehicles (Sun-Times)
  • “Superloop” Would Link Commuter Stations to Lakefront Tourist Destinations (Gazette)
  • Plan for South Lakefront Could Include Separated Paths Plus a “Wave Organ” (DNA)
  • Protesters Shut Down Mag Mile to Pressure U. of C. to Build Trauma Center (Tribune)
  • Northbound Trains Will Skip Several Stops This Weekend Due to Red Track Work (DNA)
  • Blair Kamin’s Take on the Massive Riverfront Map Mural at 300 South Wacker (Tribune)
  • Tour de Fat Fundraiser for West Town Bikes Returns to Palmer Square on 7/11 (Chicagoist)

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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 that 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 get 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.

We’re hosting a Donor Appreciation Party on Wednesday, March 25, 6-9 p.m. at Revolution Brewing’s Kedzie Avenue taproom, 3340 North Kedzie. All Streetsblog readers are invited to attend this free event, and everyone who has contributed $100 or more will get a complimentary beer courtesy of RevBrew, plus their free book(s).

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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Join Streetsblog at Our Donor Appreciation Party March 25 at RevBrew

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The Kedzie Avenue taproom. Photo: Revolution Brewing

Big thanks to all of our readers and advertisers who’ve stepped up to help us reboot Streetsblog Chicago as a locally funded nonprofit by our April 8 deadline. Last month, the Chicago Community Trust, a local charitable foundation, generously offered us a $25K challenge grant if we can reach $50K in donations and ad sales. That $75K will fund one year of operations; over the next year we’ll work on securing additional grants to make the site sustainable.

We’re now in the homestretch, with less than $13.5K left to raise before we win the CCT grant and start providing daily coverage of local transportation news once again. However, we only have about a month to come up with that money, so we need as much help as we can get. If you haven’t already done so, please donate to the Streetsblog Chicago Resurrection Fund today. In the unlikely event that we don’t relaunch by April 8, all donations will be refunded.

To express our thanks to those who’ve helped us out so far, spur additional contributions, and just have a good time with out loyal readers, we’re hosting a party at the end of the month. Here’s the skinny:

Streetsblog Chicago Donor Appreciation Party, Wednesday, March 25, 6-9 p.m., Revolution Brewing’s Kedzie Avenue brewery, 3340 North Kedzie Avenue.

If you’ve never been to the brewery (not to be confused with RevBrew’s Milwaukee Avenue brewpub), its cavernous taproom is a very fun place to hang out while enjoying the company’s delicious craft beer. All Streetsblog readers are welcome to show up to the party. Admission is free; there will be a cash bar.

Revolution, headed by sustainable transportation advocate Josh Deth, has already made a major pledge towards the Streetsblog Chicago revival effort. On top of that, they’ve very generously offered to buy the first round for readers who have donated $100 or more to the Streetsblog Chicago Resurrection Fund.

If you’re part of that elite group, your name will be on a VIP list at our welcome table, where you’ll be given a drink ticket, as well as your free copy of my book “Bars Across America.” If we owe you a book but you won’t be able to attend, please email me at greenfieldjohn[at]hotmail.com, and I’ll drop one in the mail for you.

Haven’t given a Benjamin to the resurrection fund yet but still want a free beer and book? Everyone who contributes $100 or more between now and March 25 will be on the VIP list as well. You can also add onto a previous donation to reach the $100 mark and get on the list – if you do so, please alert me via email so we can make sure you get your complimentary brew and book.

As always, thanks for your continuing support as we roll towards our finish line. We look forward to seeing many of you at RevBrew and toasting the imminent return of Chicago’s daily transportation news source.

– John

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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)

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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