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Improvements to suburban transit could boost

Improvements to suburban transit could boost economy

March 17, 2014

Plans to improve the transit system in a western suburb could draw more people to the city and encourage economic development.Melrose Park’s Broadway Avenue Corridor, located on Broadway Avenue from No...

Juicing diet gets mixed reviews

Juicing diet gets mixed reviews

By Contributing Editor

March 10, 2014

Unlike Naked Juice, which infamously settled a $9 million class action lawsuit in 2013 for mislabeling their genetically modified fruit drinks, juice cleanses are au naturel, although some nutrition experts que...

CTA fare hikes cause unrest

By Kaley Fowler

December 3, 2012

Public transit customers may soon find themselves paying 16 to 75 percent more for bus and rail passes under the proposed 2013 Chicago Transit Authority budget.The budget, introduced Nov. 20, would increase the cost of transit passes in an effort to shave $50 million from the CTA’s $165 million deficit.“These changes put the ‘doomsday’ budgets of the past behind us,” said CTA President Forrest Claypool in a writt...

New bike lanes offer chance for cyclists to step up

By Editorial Board

September 4, 2012

According to the Chicago Department of Transportation, the city will spend an estimated $4.6 million on creating protected bicycle lanes this year by installing pylons to separate bike traffic from motor vehicles. The city hopes to add 650 miles of bike lanes by 2020 as part of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s plan to make Chicago the most bike-friendly city in the country.This is obviously a great time to be a cyclist. Protected bike lanes ...

Senate bill poses transportation consequences

By Contributing Writer

March 19, 2012

By Brandon Smith, contributing writerThe heads of the Chicago Transit Authority and the Regional Transportation Authority have predicted dire consequences for public transportation if serious changes are not made to the House Transportation Bill that is currently stalled in Congress.Entire sections of the CTA’s bus and rail systems may face drastic spending cutbacks unless the bill H.R. 7, which would authorize funds for fe...

Paper Arrows hit target

By Sophia Coleman

December 5, 2011

Chicago indie rock band Paper Arrows has been on a rapid course to widespread fame since its members first met in winter 2007. With three full length albums out—Joe Goodkin, guitar and lead vocalist; Jay Moreno, bass and background vocals; Darien Garvey, drummer and producer; and recent addition, Drew Scalercio, on keyboard—the band has worked on developing a cohesive, marketable sound.The band’s authentic use of backg...

Chicago communities “smokeout” crime

By Sophia Coleman

November 28, 2011

Fighting crime never tasted so good.By serving up hamburgers, hot dogs and vegetarian-friendly grilled goods, the Bridgeport, Canaryville and Back of the Yards communities are taking a different approach to battling crime and gang activity.These barbeque get-togethers, called “smokeouts,” usually take place in front of drug dealers’ homes or in known gang territory. Community groups, like the Bridgeport Citizens Gro...

Speed camera revenue trick

By Editorial Board

November 7, 2011

Legislation making its way through the Illinois legislature in Springfield could potentially blanket approximately half of Chicago with speed cameras. The measure, introduced by House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton and supported by Mayor Rahm Emanuel, would place cameras within one-eighth mile of a school, college or Park District facility. The kicker on this sweet deal: Speeders would be fined...

On the way to Little Village

By Darryl Holliday

October 11, 2010

The Little Village community has been without a direct bus line to downtown for more than 10 years.The neighborhood’s No. 31 bus route was eliminated in 1997 when Congress slashed nationwide transit operation funds due to budget cuts.The Little Village Environmental Justice Organization hopes to change that. The organization first proposed a new route in 2008 after speaking withcommunity membersAccording to Michael Pitula, pub...

Participants gear up for the Urban Assault Bike Ride

By J_Howard

September 20, 2010

Bikes lined the streets and the sun glistened off of 450 helmets as people crowded together in the parking lot outside Murphy’s Bleachers, 3655 N. Sheffield Ave., for the New Belgium Brewing Urban Assault Bike Ride. Contestants showed off their spirited costumes as they waited for the signal to race toward the first checkpoint.The Urban Assault Bike Ride is a national event that combines a bike race, a scavenger hunt and a fe...

Adding a touch of Green, Pink to West Loop

By Michael Ranieri

September 7, 2010

The lives of West Loop residents living and working between Ashland Avenue and Clinton Street are to be brightened by a shorter walk come mid-2012.The Chicago Transit Authority and Chicago Department of Transportation are collaborating to bring citizens more stops along the Green and Pink el lines. Local businesses around the site said they are looking forward to increased business activity and residential growth, but some of...

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