Today’s Headlines for Thursday, June 21

  • Emanuel and Rauner Announce Plans for U of I South Loop Campus (Crain’s)
  • Police Chase Ends With Driver Striking Cab, Killing Passenger and Injuring 2 Pedestrians (Tribune)
  • Video of Eulogies for WTTW Journalist and Fallen Cyclist Elizabeth Brackett
  • Chicago Reader’s Maya Dukmasova: Why I Hate Wearing Bike Helmets
  • How Blackstone Bikes’ “Master Mechanics” Program Teaches Leadership (Reader)
  • Lots of Great Events for Bike Week, Starting With Today’s 5 PM Daley Plaza Rally
  • Other Upcoming Chicago Bike Events (Chicago Reader)
  • Tour de Fat Benefit for West Town Bikes Saturday, June 30, 12-5 in Humboldt Park

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  • Scroller

    About the cop chase that ended in deaths: aren’t these types of cop chases banned for exactly this reason? What’s the chance the cops in pursuit can be held accountable for these bystanders’ murder?

  • planetshwoop

    I don’t get the whole South Loop Campus thing. Where did this come from?

    We have huge swathes of the city that are desperate for investment. We have a giant campus from U of I near downtown; NEIU on the North Side and Chicago State on the South Side, and we need…. some campus in the South Loop?

    I just think this is really weird. What am I missing?

  • rohmen

    This has been in the works for years, and is one of the anchors behind the whole “Rezkoville” development area. http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20171018/BLOGS11/171019855/u-of-i-plans-satellite-campus-in-the-south-loop

    I think it will be great for the City, and it places Rezkoville in the realistic column for development versus things like Lincoln Yards and Michael Reese. And for better or worse, if Amazon selects this City, I think this campus will be the type of thing that pushed them to pick Chicago.

  • J.B.

    My understanding is that CPD does have a “no high speed pursuit” policy, but 1) sometimes it’s ignored, as here: http://abc7chicago.com/news/charges-filed-after-high-speed-chase-ends-in-dramatic-arrest/1009812/ And 2) if state (or federal) law enforcement chooses to pursue a suspect through Chicago, CPD is obligated to assist.

  • rohmen

    It was labeled here as a chase, and maybe I’m missing something, but that article doesn’t make it sound like a chase actually happened.

    It looks like CPD initiated a stop, and the car then took off, ran a light, and got in an accident almost literally in the next block. The article doesn’t say anything about a pursuit after the car fled.

    The CPD has definitely violated its own “no high speed pursuit rules” in the past, but I’m not so sure that happened here.

  • johnaustingreenfield

    I’ve never heard of a police officer being held accountable if a suspect they’re chasing fatally strikes a bystander.