More than 100 CTA riders attended a public hearing Tuesday on a proposal billed as enhancing bus and train service. But most people who testified denounced the crowding-reduction strategy as a trick by transit officials to slash much-needed bus routes.
- CTA Riders Slam CTA Plans To Ease Crowding At Public Hearing [CBS Chicago]
Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart is joining an unusual coalition to protest decreased state funding for preschools.
It's a group of some 300 prosecutors and police officers, who say the proposed $55 million in preschool savings will lead to increased crime and eventually cost taxpayers $200 million.
The Sun-Times has been through an awful lot over the past few years: The criminal trial of the paper's former owner, bankruptcy and two sets of new owners.
During much of that time the paper has been eerily silent about how it's going to prop up sagging circulation and profits, or if that's even a realistic goal. Read more...
Amid a crush of media and well-wishers, ousted Gov. Rod Blagojevich left his Ravenswood Manor home on the North Side early this morning for a prison cell in Colorado.
- Blagojevich leaves home, heading for prison [Daily Herald]
- Blagojevich leaves home to report to Colorado prison [Chicago Sun-Times]
- Prison job, tedium await former governor Rod Blagojevich [USA TODAY]
- Convicted former Gov. Rod Blagojevich steps off plane in Denver, headed for prison [Washington Post]
A federal judge yesterday struck down two pieces of a 2009 Illinois law designed to cap campaign contributions, a ruling one government watchdog said will “open the door to a risk of corruption.” U.S. District Judge Marvin Aspen sided with Personal PAC, the abortion-rights group that argued the state campaign-finance law violated its free-speech protections in the U.S. Constitution.
- Federal judge opens door to Illinois Super PACs [Clout Street]
- Judge Rejects State Law Restricting PAC Fundraising [CBS Chicago]