Today’s Headlines for Friday, September 18

  • First Project of Infrastructure Trust: Upgrading Streetlights to LED Technology (Sun-Times)
  • Emanuel Is Selling Off 4 Valuable River North Parcels Where City Workers Park for Free (Tribune)
  • Driver Fatally Strikes 60-Year-Old Woman in Wheaton (Sun-Times)
  • Woman Who Was Drinking While Driving Critically Injured 8-Year-Old Boy on Bike (Sun-Times)
  • Ald. Napolitano Wants Red Light Cams Near Schools to Stay (DNA)
  • Editorial: Holding Off on Fare Increases Would Help Metra Build a Loyal Ridership (Herald)
  • Plan Commission Approves Serpentine Bike/Ped Bridge at 41st Street (DNA)
  • Atlanta Leaders Take People for Bikes-Sponsored Tour of Chicago Facilities (AJC)
  • “Power, Politics, & Pavement” Features of Chicago Street Namesakes (DNA)
  • Mary Schmich Spends the Day With a Food Cart Vendor (Tribune)
  • Swedish Museum Closing in on $150K Goal to Restore Andersonville Water Tower (DNA)
  • Volunteers Needed for Downtown Bike Counts (Active Trans)

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  • Re: Streetlights.

    So because of neo-liberals and Republicans instead of the Federal government lending Chicago the money at low or even negative rates like it does to private banks, Chicago will now privatize our streetlights so some oligarch can earn some obscene amount of money at some obscene rate of interest for zero effort. Yes the city still saves money on lighting but not as much as we could if we either self-financed (via taxes duh) or allowed the feds to loan us money at negative rates even.

    Do you see the problem here with corporate neo-liberalism. Even a libertarian could see the nonsense here.

    (Of course they would not even light the streets and let every one be responsible for whatever light they want via their cars and porch lighting or whatever. And I suppose it’s too bad there isn’t some English speaking libertarian utopian city for them somewhere, but that’s another story.)

  • Pat

    Right? If it’s such a great deal for private investors, why isn’t an even better deal for the city to do itself? Unfortunately, we can’t borrow at those low rates private entities can and federal funds aren’t reliable.

    How about set aside a smaller amount of money to do an initial roll-out and earmark those savings to continue to expand the LED system?

  • Matt F

    RE DNA: “aprroves”

  • Wewilliewinkleman

    Try this out. If the city’s bond rating was not in the toilet, we could raise the money to do this ourselves.


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