Today’s Headlines for Tuesday, February 16

  • Aviation Commissioner Confirms O’Hare Express Won’t Use Blue Line Tracks (Crain’s)
  • Frustrated With Trains Blocking Intersections, City Seeks Fines Against CSX Transportation (DNA)
  • Driver Fatally Strikes Woman in Morton Grove and Flees the Scene (Sun-Times)
  • Reckless Homicide Charge for Driver in Fatal DUI Crash Who Fled (Sun-Times)
  • Man Says He Was Assaulted on the Red Line for Being Gay (NBC)
  • $50K Settlement for Bike Rider Sideswiped by SUV Driver in Gold Coast (Keating)
  • Student Who Uses a Wheelchair User Discusses the Challenges of Navigating the CTA (RedEye)
  • Struggling Merchants Hope Children’s Memorial Redevelopment Will boost Sales (DNA)
  • “My Block My Hood My City” Volunteers Shovel Sidewalks for Seniors in Chatham (DNA)
  • Vendors at the Chicago Auto Show Target Female Consumers (Tribune)
  • A List of Online Resources for Chicago Women Who Bike (The Chainlink)

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  • Chicagoan

    If Rahm is seeking out private capital (presumably Chinese money) for the O’Hare express train and he has no plans to mess with Blue Line service, what’s the problem?

    I know some people have said the express train in Toronto hasn’t debuted great, but it sounds like others have.

  • Pat

    No issue, but rarely are these things fully financed privately.

  • BlueFairlane

    People in the last couple of decades have used similar reasoning when proposing that a city bring the Olympics to town, and then forget all that when the thing fails and the city/nation has to bankrupt itself to make up for the shortfall. Experience in this city suggests any project like this will worm at least some cost from public funds, regardless of what the city might promise.

  • Not to mention the public subsidizes these projects just in terms of the significant salaries/benefits that Rahm and his inner circle of City of Chicago employees are paid.

    Furthermore, there’s also an opportunity cost when it comes to attention spans of said employees. Energy spent focusing on this is energy lost that could be dealing with a hundred other pressing issues.

  • Kevin M

    CrossRail Chicago is the best solution for express downtown service to/from O’Hare. It brings that service to reality and sets the stage for other big passenger rail service improvements in Chicagoland. I don’t know why this isn’t being mentioned by the mayor or this aviation chief/spokesperson.

  • I’m heartened to read that other riders intervened during the hate crime attack on the red line. These things can be very scary, but when we work together we have real power. In this case it happened so fast that the guy did not have time to marshal a proper response. I have read that it is best when dealing with ass-holes to specifically ask others for help. Often people want to help but need a bit of nudging.

  • I love the headlines that are all “Industry X realizes women exist, will market especially to them for the next few weeks.”

  • planetshwoop

    The airport is Chicago’s crown jewel, as based upon the amount of money and ideas pushed into it. Clearly two successive mayors think there is a problem for travelers that doesn’t affect citizens that must be solved. Some of it feels like “me too” ideas, BC they are copying London or some Asian cities?


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