Today’s Headlines for Thursday, April 21

  • Video: Passers-By Ignored Marques Gaines as He Lay in the Street Before Being Struck (Tribune)
  • Suburban Man Charged With Hate Crime After Attacking Muslim Cab Driver (DNA)
  • Witnesses: Repeated Racist Taunts Led to Red Line Beating, Caught on Video (Sun-Times)
  • ELPC’s Lerner: Better Transit, High-Speed Rail Are Key for Keeping City Competitive (Crain’s)
  • Cottage Grove Streetscape Between 77th & 83rd Will Include Bump-Outs (City of Chicago)
  • Uber Executive David Plouffe Makes Case Against Additional Regulation to Sun-Times Board
  • Deputy Fire Commissioner Resigns After Crashing City-Issued Vehicle on the Drive (Tribune)
  • Derailment at Rail Yard Delays 3 Metra Union Pacific Lines (ABC)
  • What If Freight Trains Skirted the Suburbs Via New Rural Railroad? (Herald)
  • DNA: Lincoln Park Zoo, North Avenue Beach Highest Bike Theft Locations in City
  • Major Taylor Cycling Club of Chicago Hosts “Ride Over Violence” Saturday, May 7

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Today’s Headlines

CTA Fires Train Driver From O’Hare Crash (Tribune, NBC) City Announces Plans for 20 Miles of Bike Lanes This Year (Tribune, Sun-Times, DNA) “Transit Future” Proposal for Rail Expansion Is on the Right Track (Atlantic Cities) Editorial: Transit Taskforce’s Call to Consolidate Boards Is on Point (Tribune) Rahm Announces Plans to Repave 13 More Miles […]

Today’s Headlines

Claypool Discusses Travel Alternatives During South Red Line Rehab (Tribune, Sun-Times, DNA) Bryn Mawr Station Could Get $25 Million Overhaul (DNA) City Offers a Preview of Loop BRT Corridor (Curbed) CTA Union Chief: If Passengers Can Carry Concealed Guns Arm Rail Workers Too (Sun-Times) Snowstorm Causes 20 to 30 Spinouts on Area Highways (Tribune) RedFlex […]

Today’s Headlines

City of Chicago Hit With $57.8 Million Penalty After Parking Garage Lawsuit (Sun-Times) Hyde Parkers Fret About Traffic and Parking Headaches From Proposed 13-Story Tower (DNA) Tribune Bashes Ventra Prepaid Debit Card for Having Typical Fees (DNA) Debit Option Won’t Be Available for Reduced-Fare Ventra Cards (Tribune, Sun-Times) Parents Blame Low Attendance at Englewood School […]

Today’s Headlines for Thursday, August 11

CTA Plans $23M Rehab Illinois Medical District Blue Line Stop (Sun-Times) Kenwood Residents Want to Extend the #1 Bronzeville/Union Station Bus Route (HPH) Dorval Carter Optimistic City Council Will Approve Transit TIF (Tribune) Despite State Funding Snafu, Metra Could Still Get 21 New Rail Cars (Sun-Times) After 7th DUI Conviction, Oak Brook Doctor Sentenced to 6 […]

Today’s Headlines

Ex-Metra CEO Alex Clifford Interested in Getting His Job Back (Sun-Times) City/Suburb Divide Keeps RTA Board From Setting Funding Estimates for Transit Agencies (Tribune) Seven Years Prison for Driver in Fatal Aurora Hit-and-Run (Tribune) Flood of Support For Bike-A-Bee’s Jana Kinsman After Logan Square Attack (DNA) Tips on What to Do If You Are Harassed […]

Today’s Headlines for Monday, February 22

Program Offers Low-Income Home Owners Near 606 “Forgiveable” Loans for Maintenance (DNA) A Battle Is Brewing Over Who Will Get the CTA’s Next Big Rail Car Contract (Crain’s) Daniel Hertz Provides 4 Reasons Why the O’Hare Express Is a Really Bad Idea (Chicago) City Plans to Take Over the Old Main Post Office & Find […]