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)

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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 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] 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


Today’s Headlines

MPC‘s MarySue Barrett Shares Her Experience Co-Shairing Rauner’s Infrastructure Committee Suburban Republican Introduces Yet Another State Bill to Ban Red Light Cams (Herald) Driver Killed in Auburn Gresham Collision, the Neighborhood’s 2nd Fatal Crash This Week (Sun-Times) Trucker Injured After Crashing Into Bedford Park Power Lines, Dozens of Homes Lose Power (Tribune) Families Impacted by […]

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) […]

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 […]

Today’s Headlines

Mayor Touts Infra Projects of 1st Term, Promises to Grow Divvy to 6K Bikes in 2nd (Sun-Times) CTA Inking $32.5 Million Deal With Wireless Providers to Provide 4G Service in Subways (Tribune) Metra Riders Discuss System Improvements They Want to See in the Wake of Fare Hikes (Herald) Man Dies From Injuries 5 Years After […]

Today’s Headlines for Wednesday, December 16

16 Laquan McDonald Protesters Arrested for Staging a Die-In on Congress Parkway (Tribune) Anti-Displacement Protest Held by New Development Site by The 606 (DNA) 46-Year-Old Man Fatally Struck in Elgin (Tribune) Active Trans: Chicago’s Low Transit Score Ranking Show Better Funding Is Needed The DePaulia Looks at Efforts to Get More Bike Lanes Installed on […]

Today’s Headlines

Union Leader Says Free Rides Costing CTA Thousands, CTA Says He’s Wrong (CBS, NBC) “Punkin’ Donuts,” Steps from Train, to be Swapped for Development With 116 Spaces (Transitized) Residents Kvetch About Losing 56 Wrigley Parking Spots. They’re Gaining 493 More. (DNA) Osterman Successfully Fights to Keep Red Light Cam at North End of LSD (DNA) […]