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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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, I’ll be updating the above Donate-O-Meter along with Today’s Headlines each morning.

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