News

Top Chicago News

Emanuel tries to resurrect O'Hare express train plan

Mayor Rahm Emanuel is trying to resurrect Chicago's long-elusive plan for an express train from downtown to O'Hare International Airport by hiring an engineering firm to look at possible routes and costs. It's a preliminary step, and the Emanuel administration isn't sure who would pay for the massive...

Going Public

  • Navigating public transit in a wheelchair | The Transit Diaries

    Navigating public transit in a wheelchair | The Transit Diaries

    For many, walking up dozens of steps to reach a platform or standing on a crowded train or bus can feel like a nuisance, but part of the commuting experience. For those like 21-year-old Northwestern University student Jackie Quinn, who uses a motorized wheelchair to get around, navigating the CTA...

  • Chicago transit overhaul gets $156M in federal funds, $125M more possible

    Chicago transit overhaul gets $156M in federal funds, $125M more possible

    The federal government is steering $156 million in new funding to help Chicago modernize congested and aging sections of its busiest commuter rail corridor. Another $125 million on top of that is written into President Barack Obama's fiscal 2017 budget proposal. But that money would still have...

  • The CTA Fails empire expands: Meet the man behind it all

    The CTA Fails empire expands: Meet the man behind it all

    The man behind "CTA Fails" has expanded its social media footprint to Instagram, where people can see for themselves how much the transit agency's service sucks sometimes. Ryan Smith, the 31-year-old Chicagoan who runs the Instagram account along with @CTAFails on Twitter and a corresponding Facebook...

City that works

Crime

Nation & World

More news

  • Uber to pay $28.5M to settle claims company misled customers on safety

    Uber to pay $28.5M to settle claims company misled customers on safety

    Uber said Thursday that it will pay $28.5 million to settle two lawsuits that said the ride-hailing firm misled customers about its safety procedures and fees. The company told a federal judge in San Francisco that it wants to settle the class-action lawsuits by paying about 25 million riders who...

  • Facts, figures about how Valentine's Day is celebrated in U.S.

    Facts, figures about how Valentine's Day is celebrated in U.S.

    As the love-filled holiday quickly approaches for the weekend, here are some facts and figures about Valentine's Day and how it's celebrated across America. $19.7 billion: The total projected Valentine's Day spending for 2016. Source: WalletHub.com. 14,161: The number of florists' establishments...

  • Honorary street proposed for Jennifer Hudson's slain nephew

    Honorary street proposed for Jennifer Hudson's slain nephew

    The slain nephew of Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson could be honored with a street sign near his elementary school on Chicago's Southwest Side. Ald. Raymond Lopez (15th) this week proposed erecting an honorary street sign in Julian King's name in the 4400 block of South Sacramento Avenue, which is...

  • Two aldermen call for lowering sales tax on tampons

    Two aldermen call for lowering sales tax on tampons

    Tampons and sanitary pads would be exempt from Chicago's portion of the sales tax under an ordinance two aldermen are pushing as a way to help correct what they say is an unfairness to women who need to buy the products. The items are currently taxed at 10.25 percent like many other products bought...

  • Chicago's GiveForward co-founder Ethan Austin says he's leaving

    Chicago's GiveForward co-founder Ethan Austin says he's leaving

    GiveForward co-founder Ethan Austin is leaving the medical crowdfunding site he helped launch in 2008. Austin made the announcement in a post on LinkedIn in recent days. He said he plans to travel to South America and study Spanish with his wife in May. "We booked our tickets this morning actually,"...

  • Lead risks and other things you need to know about Chicago's drinking water

    Lead risks and other things you need to know about Chicago's drinking water

    Flint, Mich., isn’t the only place looking at pollutants in its drinking water. The city's water crisis has made the hazards of lead pipes a national issue and caused residents in cities across the nation to wonder whether they, too, could be exposed to the brain-damaging metal by simply drinking...

  • Top 5 CTA complaints via CTA Fails

    Top 5 CTA complaints via CTA Fails

    When riders are frustrated with the CTA's service, cleanliness, passengers and more, many take to Twitter and Instagram to air their grievances, using the popular @CTAFails handle or #CTAFails hashtag.  CTA Fails creator Ryan Smith sifts through hundreds of complaints a day and has compiled a list...

Loading
14°