Today’s Headlines for Friday, June 23

  • Rauner Rejects Deal Offered by Emanuel to Allow Sale of Thompson Center (Crain’s)
  • Cyclist Michael Schoop, 62, Dies After Collision With Van in Hoffman Estates (Sun-Times)
  • 3 Injured, Including Paramedics, After Van Driver Strikes Ambulance, Car, Pole (CBS)
  • Residents Brainstorm Ideas for Revitalizing Area Around Jeff Park Transit Center (Nadig)
  • In the Wake of Fire, Metra Will Demolish 115th Street Station (DNA)
  • Plan for 138-Unit TOD at Controversial Logan Site Is Moving Forward (Curbed)
  • 4-Station Bike Rental System Will Help S. Shore Riders Explore Miller Beach Area (NWI Times)
  • Chicago’s Crossing Guards Are a Civic Treasure  (Reader)
  • In Praise of the Top Level of Metra Rail Cars (Reader)
  • Single Seats on the ‘L’ Are “The CTA’s Most Precious Gem” (Reader)
  • Travel on Amtrak Trains From Chicago Offers a “Zen-Like Downshifting” Experience (Reader)
  • Tollway Plazas Represent the Apotheosis of Car Culture (Reader)

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