Today’s Headlines for Wednesday, August 8

  • Tribune: A Gas Tax Hike Is Needed to Help Combat Climate Change
  • Driver Injures Cyclist in Old Town, Flees, Injures 5 Police Officers (ABC)
  • Video: Hit-and-Run Driver Seriously Injured Cyclist in June on 1200 Block of W. Cortland (NBC)
  • Photo Released of Car From February Hit-and-Run That Injured Pedestrian in Bowmanville (Patch)
  • Suspects Armed With Taser Rob Woman on Hyde Park Metra Platform (ABC)
  • New Illinois Ride-Hailing Background Check Law Takes Effect (Tribune)
  • Metra Commuters Complain of New Schedule, Crowding in Conjunction With PTC Install (Fox)

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  • Kevin M

    Hip-hip-hooray for the Tribune’s sound editorial in favor of a carbon tax. Send this editorial to your State representatives.

  • Tooscrapps

    Re Cortland:

    There needs to be some tactical improvements on this stretch ASAP. It’s going to be at least another 3-4 years before we get any meaningful upgrades on the Cortland Connector.

  • planetshwoop

    I mean, maybe? Sure, increase the gas tax to discourage driving.

    But their request to rebate the money back to taxpayers is dumb. That too is inefficient — collect money to give it back. Use it if you collect it, otherwise don’t bother. You can allocate it at the county level to let a county decide how to use it — transit, improved roads, property tax relief — but collecting it to rebate it seems nuts.

  • Kevin M

    I intentionally looked past that detail because I believe law makers would, too. And, even if that rebate-detail did come with a carbon tax, I’d still take it. I think the sting at the pump would still make a difference in consumer habit.