Today’s Headlines for Thursday, August 16

  • Reverend Who Closed LSD Plans Labor Day Anti-Violence March to Block O’Hare Traffic (Tribune)
  • Rauner Signs Dutch Reach Safety Bill Into Law (Active Trans)
  • Tribune Coverage of South Siders’ Plea to Save the 31st Street Bus
  • Metra BNSF Line Exec Promises to Fix Crowding, Air conditioning Problems (TribuneCTJ)
  • No Citations for Minivan Driver Who Fatally Struck Pedestrian on I-80 in Joliet (Sun-Times)
  • GoFundMe Launched for Lost Lake Bartender Left-Hooked Bike by CTA Driver (Block Club)
  • CTA Adds Hi-Def Cameras at 4 Blue Line Station (ABC)
  • Wisniewski Discusses Illinois’ Structurally Deficient Bridges on “Chicago Tonight
  • Little Village Residents Worry Giant Warehouse Will Worsen Semi Traffic (Block Club)
  • Plan Commission Considering TOD at 1750 N. Western With 109 Units, 42 Spots (Block Club)
  • How Community Members Saved the New Lennox Train Station From Demolition (Tribune)
  • After 50 Years in the Biz, Mt. Prospect Bike Shop Owner Is Closing His Store (Herald)

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