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Transportation

Coverage of the CTA and Chicago-area transportation issues, from Metra to the Chicago L to rush-hour updates.

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Man struck, killed by Metra train in Evanston

Jonathan Schneider, 30, was hit about 5:55 p.m. by outbound Metra UP-North train no. 337 near Lake Street.

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Nationwide airport computer outage delays international travelers at O’Hare, Midway

"It’s affecting random airports," said CBP spokesman Steve Bansbach, who said the outage involved an IT issue.

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CTA bus window shot out with pellet gun on West Side

Officers were called for reports of a group of males with a pellet gun on a CTA bus at Jackson Boulevard and Homan Avenue, according to Chicago police.

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Ed Burke just got $1.9M in tax refunds, interest for car rental agencies at Midway Airport

It’s another eye-opening instance of the indicted Chicago alderman mixing his law firm’s business with city business. And it resulted from big errors by former Cook County Assessor Joseph Berrios.

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Metra train partially derails in South Loop BNSF yard

A single car slipped off the rails shortly before 1:30 p.m. as it was being moved within Metra’s BNSF Railroad Yard, 432 W. 14th St., according to Metra officials.

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Secretary of State Jesse White won’t seek reelection — for real this time

White has been Illinois secretary of state since 1999 — and won all 102 counties in victories in 2002, 2006, 2010 and 2014. His current term is a record sixth term.

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Red Line subway service resumes after reroute due to person on tracks

Power to the tracks was cut after a train operator saw a male walking on the tracks at 8:18 a.m. near the Chicago station, 800 N. State St. Normal service resumed with delays shortly after 9 a.m.

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Freight train hits vehicle in Elmhurst

The crash happened on the Canadian National tracks at York Street south of Vallette Street, according to Elmhurst police.

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Car, semi crash on OB Stevenson, at least 1 lane closed

One person suffered minor injuries, Illinois State Police said.

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Truck, SUV crash in Park Manor, injuries reported

Emergency crews responded to the intersection of 71st and State Streets about 6:50 a.m. for reports of a "bad accident" involving a truck and SUV, Chicago police said.

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Lime scooters now a transportation option in Google Maps

Android users can see the electric scooters on Google Maps apps. IPhone users will have to wait until later this month.

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Lyft admits failure to warn of violent driver in case that ended in murder charges and fugitive fleeing to China

If Lyft had followed the rules and notified the city about the violent driver, the message would have been relayed to other ride-hailing companies in Chicago, including Uber.

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2 vehicles burst into flames in Dan Ryan rollover crash; 6 taken to hospitals

A crash shut down outbound lanes of the Dan Ryan on Aug. 9, 2019.

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Unfounded bomb threat shuts down CTA trains at Roosevelt during evening rush

A woman at the Roosevelt Red Line station told a CTA employee that she overheard a man say he had a bomb.

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Midway airport ranked worst in the country

In a recent ranking of the 50 busiest airports in the United States, Midway pulled in last overall, weighed down by an abysmal score for amenities offered.

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Driver cited after crashing into Golden Nugget restaurant in Cragin

A 60-year-old woman lost control of the vehicle she was driving, which hit the restaurant in the 3000 block of North Central Avenue, according to Chicago police.

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City employee found dead in basement of O’Hare facility

Someone discovered the body of a 53-year-old man on the ground near an electric Cushman service cart.

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Amtrak hungers for an upscale food hall at Union Station

The project would restore long-vacant space and improve the Clinton Street frontage.

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2 semis crash on Bishop Ford, lanes reopened

One person suffered minor injuries, Illinois State Police said.

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1 killed, 3 injured in crash on Edens in Skokie

At least three vehicles crashed about 1:35 a.m. in the northbound lanes of I-94 at Gross Point Road.

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Uber sues Chicago over ‘backroom monopoly’ given to Lyft in bike-share deal

Uber alleges the city unlawfully gave an exclusive contract to Divvy’s operator after renegotiating the deal in April.

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New Red-Purple bypass will reduce CTA congestion, but neighbors worry about disruptive construction

CTA held an open house Thursday at the Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted St., for affected residents to learn more about the reconstruction, which could start as early as Sept. 9.

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2 planes clip wings at O’Hare

American Airlines flight 312 — scheduled to take off for Dallas — made contact with another plane’s wing on Monday, according to the Federal Aviation Administration

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Motorists who injure emergency workers face stiffer fines, possible jail time, under bill Pritzker signed

Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed a package of bills Tuesday that he said are aimed at protecting law enforcement, first responders and road workers.

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3 people ejected in I-57 rollover crash

All northbound lanes are blocked as Illinois State Police investigate the crash.

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Man stabbed near Howard Red Line stop found at Morse

95th-bound Red Line trains are not stopping at Jarvis, Morse or Loyola.

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Metra wants to renovate 95th Street station at Chicago State University

Metra plans to begin design work on the station immediately, according to its statement.

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Man dies on inbound flight to O’Hare

Vo. V. Thanh was given oxygen, CPR and defibrillation with no results, police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

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CTA fires train operator who fatally struck woman on Red Line tracks

The transit agency said the employee’s actions were "unacceptable and in violation of CTA policy and procedures."

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More pedestrian signals to help people with vision problems to be installed in Chicago

"We want to make Chicago the most inclusive city in the nation," Mayor Lori Lightfoot said.

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Overturned truck closes part of Cermak Road in Pilsen

Cermak is closed between Ashland Avenue and Paulina Street.

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Monroe, Van Buren street bridges to reopen Friday over Kennedy after year of construction

They are the seventh and eighth bridges to be replaced in the Jane Byrne construction project, scheduled for completion in 2022.