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$9 Billion Is a Lot of Money: How Much Could You Buy With Illinois' Budget Deficit?

Reboot Illinois | Posted 03.25.2015 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

New information from the Fiscal Futures Project of the Institute for Government and Public Affairs at the University of Illinois shows that Illinois' finances are in worse shape than previously predicted. By Fiscal Year 2016, the state will owe $9 billion in unpaid bills.

5 Ways Chicago Transit Authority Shows It Hates Chicagoans

Olivia Cole | Posted 07.15.2014 | Chicago
Olivia Cole

If you live here, you have felt it. Perhaps you've thought, "I have been standing on this platform/bus stop for half of my life. Why? Someone must hate me."

Massive Ventra Rush-Hour Glitch Means 15,000 Free CTA Rides

Posted 11.14.2013 | Chicago

Just in time for the rush hour commute Wednesday evening, Ventra card readers at almost half of the CTA's 145 rail stations citywide crashed -- and re...

9 Benefits of Chicago's New Ventra Card

The Second City | Posted 01.23.2014 | Chicago
The Second City

To complete the rollout and prevent any possible glitches and outages, Ventra has enlisted the skills of the federal government to employ the same cutting-edge back-end technology used to power popular, heavily-trafficked successes like

Ventra Sends Card To Woman Who Died 5 Years Ago

Posted 11.12.2013 | Chicago

And here we thought the only thing Chicagoans were generally capable of accomplishing beyond the grave was, as legend has it, voting. It appears Ve...

How Some CTA Bus Riders Using Ventra Cards Are Being Charged Double

Posted 11.08.2013 | Chicago

The hits just keep coming for Ventra, the Chicago Transit Authority's new fare payment system. On the heels of the CTA announcing it was discontinu...

Report: CTA Footing The Bill For $245K In Ventra Courtesy Calls

Posted 10.29.2013 | Chicago

Is Ventra passing the buck? After frustrated users clogged Ventra's service center during the rollout of the new fare payment system in September, ...

Ventra's Rollout Still A Mess, So Now They're Calling Customers At Home

Posted 10.23.2013 | Chicago

While many commuters would like to to see Ventra run out of town on a rail, the Chicago Transit Authority's new fare payment service is determined to ...

CTA Makes A Big Ventra Change Amid Backlash

Posted 10.09.2013 | Chicago

As CTA customers continue to struggle with registering their Ventra cards -- and encountering lengthy (half hour-plus) wait times on the new fare paym...

The Vent-RAGE Continues

Posted 10.09.2013 | Chicago

If Ventra were a train line, it would be called the Hot Mess Express. Monday marked a crucial day in the rollout of the Chicago Transit Authority's...

It's Now A Lot Harder For CTA Riders To Avoid Ventra

Posted 10.07.2013 | Chicago

Updated story Still holding out on signing up for Ventra, the CTA and Pace's new payment system, amid reports of its clunky rollout? Registered but...

Rollout Of New Ventra CTA Payment System Begins Aug. 5

Posted 07.29.2013 | Chicago

Ventra is almost here, Chicago. The Chicago Transit Authority's new payment system will begin its slow, steady and somewhat confusing rollout on Au...

CTA Single-Ride Rail Fares Could Cost $3 Thanks To Ventra

Posted 03.07.2013 | Chicago

The cost of a single-ride CTA rail fare could cost $3 for riders paying with cash by this summer, when the agency's new Ventra open fare payment syste...