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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