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Today’s Headlines

  • International Business Times: Ex-Emanuel Aide Helped Win Red Light Contract for Xerox
  • Bridgeport Activists Once Again Calling for Restoration of the 31st Street Bus Line (RedEye)
  • CTA Is Testing Out Weekend Bus Service on Pershing Road (DNA)
  • Vendors Have Until Monday to Submit Proposals for Riverwalk Retail Space (Curbed)
  • Slippery Tracks Caused Major Delays on the Green, Pink, & Yellow Lines Yesterday (Tribune)
  • 55-Year-Old Man Dies 4 Months After Being Struck on His Bike in Palos Hills (Sun-Times)
  • 4 Men Arrested in Connection With 2-Year “Crash & Grab” Burglary Spree (Sun-Times)
  • Evanstonians Want to Improve Signage Before Hiking Sidewalk Biking Fines (Tribune)
  • Zorn: Pedestrian Countdown Signals Are Helpful to Drivers as Well (Tribune)

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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

  • Garcia Opposes Belmont Flyover, Might Support Ashland BRT With “Compromises” (RedEye)
  • Rauner Would Cut 40% of Amtrak Funding at a Time When Ridership Is Growing (Tribune)
  • Chicagoans Speak Out in Support of “Loop Link” Downtown BRT (Active Trans)
  • Madison/Wabash Station Closes March 16 to Make Way for Washington/Wabash Stop (RedEye)
  • Police Are Seeking Hit-and-Run driver Who Critically Injured Woman in Dunning (DNA)
  • Out-of-Service CTA Bus Catches Fire on the Ryan Near Sox Park, No Injuries (Sun-Times)
  • Some Aspects of CDOT’s 55th Street Master Plan Are Bold, Some Aren’t (Transport Notes)
  • UberSelect Launches, Offering Rides in Fancy Cars for a Higher Price Than UberX (RedEye)
  • Cool-Headed Cabbie Helps Cops Apprehend His Passenger, a Forgery Suspect (Tribune)
  • Think Spring: Bike the Drive Registration Is Now Open (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 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

  • Construction Schedule Released for Downtown BRT, Dubbed “Loop Link” (Tribune)
  • More Criticism From ITDP That Loop BRT Won’t Be Robust Enough (Tribune)
  • Chicago Loop Alliance Proposes Improvements to Make Wabash More Vibrant (Tribune)
  • Jesse White Advises Emanuel to “Rethink” His Position on Red Light Cams (Expired Meter)
  • Man Dies in Car/Truck Collision in the Ashburn Neighborhood (NBC)
  • Arrest Made as Part of Investigation Into Wave of “Crash & Grab” Burglaries (Tribune)
  • Metra Electric Train Delayed After Crash With Vehicle in South Shore, No Injuries (DNA)
  • “Mike Brockway” from The Expired Meter Is Attacked After a Fender Bender
  • Columnist Mary Mitchell Experiences Harassment on the Brown Line (Sun-Times)
  • A Look at 8 Downtown Micro-Parks (Curbed)

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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

  • 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

  • Citylab Wonders If Chicago’s Loop and Ashland BRT Routes Will Be Robust Enough
  • Wilson Station Rehab Work Will Slow Inbound Commutes on Red, Purple Lines (RedEye)
  • Here’s Why the On-Time Rate of Different Metra Lines Varies Wildly (Tribune)
  • Fatal Metra/Car Crash in Woodstock Blamed on Slick Road Conditions (Tribune)
  • Trucker in Fatal I-88 Crash Admits He May Have Been Drowsy (Tribune)
  • NBC Looks at the $400 Million Block 37 Superstation Boondoggle
  • FiveThirtyEight Argues Chicago Should Set Yellow Light Times to Accommodate Speeders
  • Opinion: Uber Needs to Clean Up Its Act If Its Going to Succeed in the Future (Crain’s)
  • Abus Bike Lock Company Moves to New Office Near SRAM Corporation (Bicycle Retailer)
  • Streetsblog Supporters Barton Crouch & Ruth Rosas Win Active Trans Volunteer Awards
  • Public Meeting on Pedestrian-Friendly Touhy/Ridge Reconfiguration on March 5 (DNA)
  • CDOT Will Discuss Bike-Unfriendly Belmont/Western Remix at Meeting Tonight (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

  • Alderman Arena Faces Runoff Against John Garrido, Who Fought Milwaukee Road Diet (DNA)
  • Alderman Colón, Recently Acquitted of DUI, Loses in Landslide to Carlos Ramirez-Rosa (DNA)
  • Bridgeport Alliance to Discuss Campaign to Restore the 31st Street Bus This Thursday (DNA)
  • SUV Driver Rear-Ends CTA Bus, Causing Minor Injuries to Several Passengers (Tribune)
  • State Trooper Give Dramatic Testimony Against Trucker Charged in Fatal I-88 Crash (Tribune)
  • Man Who Ran Over Ex-Girlfriend’s Boyfriend Charged With Attempted Murder (Sun-Times)
  • Valet Crashes Car Into the Front of Prentice Women’s Hospital, No Injuries (DNA)
  • Gas Leak Near Geneva Delays Up-West Trains (Tribune)
  • Chicago Bike Mom‘s Tips For Staying Sane as a Car-Free Family This Winter
  • For the Ultimate Mobile Party, Charter a 2-Car CTA Train for $1,800 (Time Out)

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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

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Today’s Headlines

  • Active Trans Launches Petition Against Rauner Plan to Gut Transit, Boost Road Funding
  • Tattler: Cutting Transit Funding Without Raising Taxes on Rich Is Class Warfare
  • Reader: Emanuel’s Parking Contract Reboot Gave More Territory to Concessionaire
  • New Interest in the Old “Loop Connector” Proposal for Train Service to Navy Pier (DNA)
  • Metra Cancels 2 Trains After Joliet Derailment (Tribune)
  • Officer Defends His Decision to Pursue Suspect, Which Led to Fatal Crash (Tribune)
  • Driver Seriously Injured Senior as She Left Church in Park Ridge (Tribune)
  • Construction of Peoria Bridge Will Close Lanes on Eastbound Ike This Weekend (DNA)
  • John Navigates the Chicagoland Tiki Scene by Train and Bike (Newcity)
  • Has Your Winter Biking Experience Been Rocky? This Theme Song Will Fire You Up (Tiny Fix)

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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

  • Specifics on Governor Rauner’s Proposed $112 Million Cuts to the RTA (Crain’s)
  • Emanuel Says Rauner Cuts Would Balance Budget “On the Backs of Working People” (Sun-Times
  • CTA: Slashing Our Budget by 7% Would Result in Deep Service Cuts, Fare Hikes (Tribune)
  • Advocates Deliver 12K-Plus Signatures to Rauner Asking Him to Kill the Illiana (Active Trans)
  • Man Charged With Murder After Pursuing Officer Involved in Fatal Car Crash (Tribune)
  • Metra Predicted No Major Impact to Service Due to Cold, but They Were Wrong (CBS, Sun-Times)
  • Sewer Project Will Force Rerouting of Harlem Buses (DNA)
  • Kevenides Downloads the Bike Shield App, Which Alerts Drivers When a Cyclist Is Nearby
  • Turin Bike Shop in Ravenswood Offering Free Maintenance Classes (DNA)
  • Transport Notes Looks at Ways to Speed Up South Lake Shore Drive Buses

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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