Today’s Headlines for Friday, August 24

  • Vallas: City Should Have Used Ride-Share Settlement to Reopen Mental Health Clinics (Tribune)
  • Sterling Bay Buys Old Wheat Mill in Fulton Market, Hopes to Open a Metra Stop There (Tribune)
  • CPD Officer in Unmarked Car Critically Injured in Crash at 103rd and Stony Island (WGN)
  • Reported Case of CTA Bus Driver Seriously Injuring Pedestrian Near Harrison/Ogden
  • Mt. Greenwood Flower Peddler Arrested After Complaints About Blocking Traffic (Block Club)
  • Tollway Board Agrees to Extend Online Payment Grace Period to 14 Days (Tribune)
  • The Divvy for Everyone Program Has Been Expanded to Evanston (Patch)
  • Napervillians Say 1,681-Car Metra Lot Should Be Expanded to Accommodate New TOD (Tribune)
  • 87-Year-Old Napervillian Aims to Be the Oldest Person to Complete the Chicago Triathlon (Tribune)

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