Today’s Headlines for Friday, February 19

  • Metra to buy low-emission locomotives in effort to go green (Sun-Times)
  • 2 Chicago police officers hurt in Englewood crash (NBC)
  • Driver who critically injured cyclist Alex Betzel had carjacked the vehicle (Tribune)
  • Despite national mask mandate, Metra is not kicking people off trains for noncompliance (CBS)
  • Better Streets: 1st graders sent letters to Lightfoot asking for municipal snow clearance (Better Streets)
  • WTTW looks at efforts to revitalize natural area around Big Marsh bike park
  • Chicago Critical Mass cofounder Michael Burton on why The 606 is a great winter commute route (WBEZ)

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