Friday, Oct. 10 Update
By Katelyn Kruse
Posted: Friday, Oct. 10, 2014
1. Shorter Yellow Lights Responsible for Trapping Extra 77,000 Drivers
Seventy-seven thousand red light camera tickets were issued as a result of shorter yellow light standards issued by Mayor Rahm Emanuel's administration earlier this spring, according to the Chicago Tribune. Drivers would not have received these tickets before the city switched camera vendors, allowing citations for yellow light times below the minimum time required by the city – three seconds. The city instructed the new camera vendor, Xerox State and Local Solutions, to accept any violations above 2.9 seconds, according to city inspector general Joseph M. Ferguson. The city has agreed to terminate the new practice at Ferguson’s recommendation.
2. Six Injured by Gunfire Since Thursday Night
At least six people have been injured from gun activity in the city since Thursday night, according to RedEye Chicago. Three men were taken to area hospitals after two men opened fire at a house party in the Park Manor neighborhood around 1:30 a.m. A man with gang affiliations was shot in his lower back in West Pullman around 9:55 p.m. Thursday. Earlier in the evening, a woman was shot in her vehicle in the Rogers Park neighborhood and a man was shot in his left leg and buttocks in the South Chicago neighborhood. All victims have been stabilized and are all under the age of 31.
3. Interruptions in Green Line Train Service Saturday
The Green Line trains between Roosevelt and 35th-Bronzville-IIT will not run from 1:40 a.m. to 11:40 a.m. Saturday due to construction of the Cermak-McCormick Place station, according to DNAInfo Chicago. A free shuttle bus between the two stations will be offered to travelers during Saturday’s interruption. Chicago Marathon runners and attendees will not be affected as the line will run normally on Sunday, but it will likely be suspended again during the same time on Oct. 25 and 26.
4.Talks Resume in Waukegan Teacher Strike, Still No Classes
Negotiations between School District 60 and the teachers union resumed at 10 am Friday after halting less than nine hours before, according to the Chicago Tribune. Union officials said there was improvement for both sides in the negotiations despite classes still being closed for the 17,000 Waukegan students Friday. The district released a statement that said while many issues had been resolved between the two sides, healthcare benefits and salary proposals remained unsettled discussions.
By Scott Sutton
Posted: Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014
1. Metra Looks to Raise Fares by 68% over next Decade
Metra officials are seeking to implement new fare hikes that could average an 11 percent increase next year and 68 percent over the following nine years, according to the Chicago Tribune. The new prices would reflect Metra’s need to replace or rebuild its aging locomotives in what its officials are saying is a $2.4 billion capital plan that is “critical to maintaining safe and reliable service.” If Metra’s board approves the hikes, they will go into effect on Feb. 1 of next year.
Want more on this? Check out the Chicago Tribune’s breakdown of fare increases.
2. Gunman in Custody after Shots Fired on LaSalle Blue Line Platform
Multiple shots were fired around 11:20 a.m. on the LaSalle Blue Line “L” platform Thursday, but the gunman has been arrested, according to reports from DNAInfo Chicago. No one was injured during the shooting. Blue Line trains are expected to experience heavy delays for the rest of the day and the CTA has suggested that all riders at the LaSalle and Racine stations should board on the Forest Park-bound track.
3. DePaul Gets Surprise Visit from Clinton, Quinn
DePaul University’s Loop campus coffee shop got a grande shot of excitement Wednesday when former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Gov. Pat Quinn made an impromptu appearance. According to the Chicago Tribune, handshakes were exchanged and social media ignited with students’ selfies with Clinton, the potential presidential hopeful.
Check out the Red Line Project’s coverage of Clinton and Quinn’s DePaul visit.
4. Blackhawks Hope to Avoid Seeing Stars on Opening Night
The Blackhawks will look to live up to their preseason hype when the puck drops for opening night at American Airlines Center in Dallas at 7:30 p.m. CT. A returning nucleus with stars like Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews and Duncan Keith will help bolster a lineup with improvements that include center Brad Richards. The ‘hawks are ahead of the field in their quest for the cup, at least according to vegasinsider.com, which has them at 13/2 to win it all. The Los Angeles Kings and Boston Bruins are not far behind with odds at 15/2 and 8/1, respectively.
Wednesday, Oct. 8 Update
By Lindsey Murphy
Posted: Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014
1. Texas Ebola Patient Dies
Thomas Eric Duncan, the man diagnosed with Ebola at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas has died. He traveled from Liberia to the United States and had been in critical condition since mid-September. For over a week Duncan had been receiving treatment for the virus, which really tested our health system, according to Dr. David Lakey, the commissioner of the Texas Department of State Health Services. According to CNN and the World Health Organization, the largest global breakout of Ebola has killed more than 3,400 people in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone and since March. More than 7,400 people have contracted Ebola in those nations.
2. Police Captain Wounded in Englewood Standoff
A six-hour standoff took place in Englewood last night with the attempted arrest of a suspect involved in a shooting and carjacking. The suspect is in custody and a high-ranking officer is recovering in the hospital. Capt. Edware Kulbida, 58, was in serious condition after being shot in the shoulder and grazed in the head. According to the Chicago Tribune, Kulbida has been with the department for nearly 30 years and is expected to survive. The police stormed the apartment and found one man dead from an apparent gunshot and arrested another.
3. Airport Ebola Screening Centers Proposed
Those arriving at O’Hare and Midway on flights originating outside the United States could have their temperatures taken and be forced to undergo medical screenings to protect the public from Ebola. Two Alderman want to set up screening facilities bankrolled by the airlines, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. President Obama has also mentioned the Ebola scare will prompt the federal government to increase screening for the virus at airports.
4. Blood Moon Lunar Eclipse as seen across Chicago
The Blood Moon made its way through Chicago this morning, a series occurring in roughly six-month intervals. April 4, 2015 we can expect to see another one and the last will appear on September 28, 2015. Here are some cool photos submitted to WGN Chicago of the moon.
Tuesday, Oct. 7 Update
By Emily Brosious
Posted: Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014
1. CTU President Karen Lewis Hospitalized
The Chicago Teachers Union said Monday that its President Karen Lewis was hospitalized after experiencing “discomfort” Sunday evening, according to the Chicago Tribune. CTU spokesperson Stephanie Gadlin said Lewis was resting “in good spirits” and denied rumors that she had suffered a stroke. “We respect Karen’s privacy just as we value her leadership,” Gadlin said in a statement. “Karen is a freedom fighter, a nationally recognized education advocate and the people’s champ. She’ll be back on her feet in no time.”
2. CTA Riders Want No. 11 Bus Back, Survey Says
Recent survey results show the fight over the No. 11 Lincoln Avenue bus is still going strong nearly two years after the Chicago Transit Authority eliminated the Western-to-Fullerton leg of the route, according to DNAinfo Chicago. CTA says the Brown Line El train already serves the affected portion of the route. But more than 85 percent of 2,500 people surveyed by the office of Ald, Ameya Pawar (47th) rejected that assertion.
3. Spooky Blog: ‘Dead in Chicago’
A new Chicago Tumblr blog called Dead in Chicago is out just in time for Halloween, according to the Chicagoist. It’s not depressing, but rather “strange and macabre,” said author Leyla I. Royale. The history lover was inspired to create the blog to share stories of unexplained deaths, hauntings and weird accidents from around Chicago and throughout its history.
4. CNN Money Ranks Chicago 4th Most Innovative City
CNN Money listed Chicago at No. 4 on its “Most Innovative Cities” list published Tuesday. New York came in at No. 1, followed by Boston and Portland. CNN Money describes the list as a “snapshot” of what’s going on in America’s cities, with a focus on activism and innovation around gentrification without displacement. The story applauds Chicago as “the first city in the country to appoint a Chief Data Officer, and it’s a leader when it comes to harnessing open data as a way to improve the lives of city residents.”
Monday, Oct. 6 Update
By Sadé Carpenter
Posted: Monday, Oct. 6, 2014
1. Supreme Court Move Could Open Door to Gay Marriage in 30 States
In an unexpected move, the Supreme Court turned away appeals Monday from five states seeking to prohibit gay and lesbian marriage, the Chicago Sun-Times reports. Experts on both sides of the issue had expected the justices to decide gay marriage cases this term, but this surprise action effectively makes gay marriage legal in 30 states. "Perhaps the court is doing this because there's such a split on the court," said Jeffrey M. Shaman, a law professor at DePaul University.
2. Bolingbrook Man Arrested on Terrorism Charges
Authorities say a 19-year-old Bolingbrook man arrested at O’Hare International Airport this weekend was attempting to fly overseas to join the Islamic State. According to the Chicago Tribune, federal officials identified the suspect as Mohammed Hamza Khan. Federal agents found materials at Khan’s home expressing support for ISIL, according to a criminal complaint. A detention hearing is scheduled for Thursday and Khan will remain in custody at least until then
3. Divvy Offers Discounts to College Students
Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced Monday that some college students will now be eligible for discounted memberships with bike-sharing program Divvy, DNAinfo Chicago reports. Students attending Northwestern University, DePaul University, City Colleges of Chicago, Rush University Medical Center and University of Illinois at Chicago can join for $55, a discount of $20 off the annual membership fee. More colleges are expected to join in the coming months, and students can sign up on the Divvy website.
4. Block 37 to get Dine-in Movie Theater
AMC Theaters is bringing an 11-screen dine-in movie theater to shopping and dining center Block 37, according to Redeye Chicago. Scheduled to open in early 2016, the theater will be the first in the city to offer AMC’s Cinema Suites for guests 18 and older. The Suites feature recliners and tableside delivery of cocktails and food.
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