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Enchantment in New Orleans; Love for NYC

Cody Lyon | Posted 04.05.2014 | New York
Cody Lyon

Oysters on the half shell at Felix's were plump, sweet and salty. Felix's, a Restaurant and Oyster Bar,on Iberia St. in New Orleans was packed on a recent Saturday night, and the shuckers were busy, the line to get in stretched down a French Quarter half block.

Daley on Exit: I Could Have Won, That's Why I Quit

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 11.18.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Bill Daley offered a unique excuse Tuesday for why he had abandoned his bid for governor the previous day: He was confident he'd win. And he realized that, at 65, he wasn't prepared for the 5- to 9-year commitment winning the governorship would entail.

State Rep. Jack Franks: Maybe Clifford Broke the Law?

Madeleine Doubek | Posted 10.19.2013 | Chicago
Madeleine Doubek

Ex-Metra CEO Alex Clifford might have had a duty to report to authorities the pressure he felt from House Speaker Michael Madigan and others to promote and hire certain workers. Madigan writes laws and doesn't break them.

More patronage outrage from Metra scandal

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 09.25.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

METRA OUTRAGE CONTINUES It turns out that the Metra employee for whom House Speaker Michael Madigan was trying to obtain a raise was already collectin...

Crime, debt, flight = Detroit? Not to a Chicago cartoonist

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 09.23.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

MOTOR (WINDY) CITY Chicago Tribune cartoonist Scott Stantis' view of crime-plagued, financially failing Detroit looks awfully familiar. He says a lot ...

Building to Spring

Katharine Dixon | Posted 07.16.2013 | DC
Katharine Dixon

The fluctuating temperatures may make it difficult to tell that it's spring. That's why some locals peg spring's arrival to the blossoms, but here in Alexandria, we know it's tied to National Rebuilding Day -- the ultimate sign of renewal and revitalization.

Light Rail Still Waiting For Federal Funding

The Huffington Post | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 06.06.2012 | Detroit

Backers of Detroit's on-again, off-again light rail project who were expecting some good news Monday may have to wait two months longer for a federal ...

CTA Budget Woes: No Fare Hikes For 2011, More Dunkin Donuts And Ad Space

Posted 10.11.2011 | Chicago

A CTA fare hike will not factor into transit President Forrest Claypool’s strategy to balance the $102.7 million shortfall in state funding this yea...

CTA Cuts 54 Jobs, Saves $15 Million; No Word On Fare Hikes

Posted 08.28.2011 | Chicago

Forrest Claypool, the newly appointed president of the Chicago Transit Authority, isn't wasting much time in cutting costs at the cash-strapped agency...

Up the River

Michael McKean | Posted 07.23.2011 | Arts
Michael McKean

It's Good Friday and I'm going up the river to Sing Sing. Superior Donuts, a play I had performed in Chicago and New York, is being staged as part of a program called Rehabilitation Through the Arts. I'm going to meet the cast.

Republicans Cry Foul As Madigan's Son-In-Law Gets Hired As RTA Lobbyist

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The hiring of a member of one of Illinois's most powerful families at a major state agency has Republicans up in arms. Jordan Matyas is a longtime lo...

How Dubai Came Through 2010

Hisham Wyne | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Hisham Wyne

The UAE -- and Dubai in particular -- has been an utterly fascinating place to be in 2010. Obstinate denials of the recession not having an iota of im...

Riding While Dead: Widespread Abuse Discovered In RTA's 'Seniors Ride Free' Program

Better Government Association/ Fox Chicago | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO--In Chicago, the dead are known to vote. Turns out they also take public transit, according to an investigation by the Better Government Assoc...

CTA Free Rides For Seniors: Senate Votes 57-0 To Restrict Free Rides By Income

Chicago Tribune | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The Illinois Senate voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to significantly curb the free rides for seniors program, but aides to Gov. Pat Quinn indicated he ...

CTA Free Rides For Seniors May Still Get Scaled Back In New Bill

Chicago Tribune | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Free rides for senior citizens on buses and trains would be scaled back significantly and transit systems throughout Illinois would net millions dolla...

New Orleans Mayoral Candidate Blocks Streetcar Line With Wheelchair

Karen Dalton-Beninato | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Karen Dalton-Beninato

"Who Dat say Dey Can't Ride Dem Cars", "Let My People Ride" and "Paint a Red One Green" were the chants as New Orleans mayoral candidate Jonah Bascle ...

Metra's Higher Fares To Take Effect Feb. 1

Chicago Sun-Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Metra's new fare structure, including adjustments in one-way fares, begins Monday. While one-way fares are increasing, the commuter rail agency says m...

RTA: End Free Rides For All Seniors

Chicago Breaking News | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The Regional Transportation Authority today called for state lawmakers to repeal free rides for seniors in light of a serious budget crunch....

Chicago Transit at a Crossroads

Aaron Renn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Aaron Renn

The CTA doomsday budget, even if it doesn't come to pass, has done a great service by showing the city the inevitable future. Service has been trending downward for decades.

Quinn Open To Ending Automatic Free Rides For Seniors

Chicago Tribune | Rick Pearson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Gov. Pat Quinn indicated today he supports eliminating the blanket free-ride program for seniors on Chicago area mass transit in favor of a plan that ...

Transit Agencies To Fight Over $414 Million In Stimulus Funds

Progress Illinois | Angela Caputo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Here's how the $414 million in mass transit money set to flow into the region will be distributed by agency: $240 million (or 58 percent) will go to t...

What Should Be On Illinois' Transportation Projects Wish List?

Chicago Tribune | John McCarron | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

[T]he Illinois congressional delegation is pulling together a wish list of public works projects to be part of the $800 billion stimulus package sough...

Free Public Transit Rides For Low-Income Disabled

Chicago Tribune | Jon Hilkevitch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

UPDATE 10/24 "Misunderstandings on how to apply for a free rides program for disabled riders has resulted in a number of applications being rejected,...