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Chicago Thu Apr 02 2009

Your Stimulus In Action

400 jobs will be created through repairing the Dearborn CTA slow zones. According to CTA Tattler:

About 400 people will find jobs fixing slow zones in the Dearborn subway this month. Those jobs are being paid for by $56.6 million in federal stimulus funds under a contract approved at the March CTA board meeting.

This is the best part of the stimulus and it's good to see it's being used semi wisely --to repair existing infrastructure that can be done efficiently and quickly create jobs.

That said, this is also an opportunity to expand public transportation in the city with the stimulus money by expanding the CTA's trains and buses. By expansion I mean creating more routes, increasing frequency, and lowering wait times, all of which would create jobs and improve the city's transportation system. It may not be a Bean or the Olympics but a good transportation system does have a strong appeal to people who are trying to decide where to live.

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Parents Still Steaming, but About More Than Just Boilers

By Phil Huckelberry / 2 Comments

It's now been 11 days since the carbon monoxide leak which sent over 80 Prussing Elementary School students and staff to the hospital. While officials from Chicago Public Schools have partially answered some questions, and CPS CEO Forrest Claypool has informed that he will be visiting the school to field more questions on Nov. 16, many parents remain irate at the CPS response to date. More...


Substance, Not Style, the Source of Rahm's Woes

By Ramsin Canon / 2 Comments

It's not surprising that some of Mayor Emanuel's sympathizers and supporters are confusing people's substantive disputes with the mayor as the effect of poor marketing on his part. It's exactly this insular worldview that has gotten the mayor in hot... More...

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