Crowded water reclamation district race pits Democratic Party muscle against familiar faces December 6, 2019 By Alex Nitkin - A bonanza of local elected officials, second-time candidates and relative unknowns threw their names into a crowded race to fill three contested seats on the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago — and that was all before former Cook County board

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4 cyclists died on Chicago’s streets in 3 months, after no deaths in first 8 months of 2019 December 6, 2019 By Heather Cherone - Four cyclists have died in crashes on Chicago’s streets since Sept. 1 — after no one died while riding a bicycle in Chicago during the first eight months of 2019, according to data compiled by the Chicago Department of Transportation.
FOID card law’s age saves it from constitutional challenge: Appeals court December 6, 2019 By Hannah Meisel - A state appellate court this week ruled that the saving grace for Illinois’ Firearm Owners Identification card law was the fact that it’s been in place for 51 years — and any ruling finding it unconstitutional would upset the status

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Scooters are here – what to expect on your street (or sidewalk)

After about a year of negotiations between bureaucrats and tech companies eager to unleash the shiniest new thing in one of America’s biggest cities, all eyes are on implementation of Chicago’s scooter pilot. Two transportation experts: Audrey Wennink, the Director of Transportation at the Metropolitan Planning Council, and Kyle Whitehead, the managing director of public affairs at the Active Transportation Alliance, will discuss their hopes (fewer cars, more people using transit) and worries (safety and equity) about the four month scooter pilot. Plus, Nico Probst from Lime tackles other scooter FAQs.


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