The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

National News

October 21, 2013

Chicago transit line reopening after upgrade

CHICAGO — After a five-month, $425 million renovation, a busy stretch of a Chicago Transit Authority train line reopened Sunday. The newly-constructed Red Line South, which extends from the end of the line to the South Loop and includes stops in Chinatown and near U.S Cellular Field and the Illinois Institute of Technology, was closed for repairs in May. The railroad was rebuilt and eight stations along the rail line got upgrades. CTA officials said passengers should now experience a better and faster commute, with roundtrip journeys between 95th Street and downtown up to 20 minutes faster.

“It is definitely a faster, smoother better ride, just as we promised,” said CTA spokesman Steve Mayberry. Initially, the project on the city’s South Side frustrated some riders who questioned the authority’s alternate routes. Those who worried about the project also included White Sox fans who were concerned about direct transportation to U.S. Cellular Field during the season. City transportation officials rerouted baseball fans to a nearby train line or to Metra commuter trains that are a few blocks further from the field than the Red Line. Commuters took buses or rode other trains.

Some of the first passengers to ride the newly-repaired line Sunday morning said they could already tell the difference.

Jaleel Sanchez, 22, has been riding the Red Line for four years. The chemistry student at Chicago State University said the improvements made a “nicer ride.”

“It definitely felt smoother. Maybe not faster, but a lot smoother,” Sanchez told the Chicago Sun-Times.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn have said it’s one of the largest transit projects in the country, and that it was completed on time and within budget. They also say the project created 1,500 jobs.

1
Text Only
National News
  • Police: Utah woman gave birth at home

    A Utah woman accused of concealing seven pregnancies before strangling or suffocating her newborns gave birth each time in her home, authorities said Wednesday.

    Investigators have determined that Megan Huntsman, 39, did not go to a hospital to have the babies, Pleasant Grove Police Capt. Mike Roberts said. He didn't say if anybody helped her give birth.

    April 16, 2014

  • Classes resume at high school rocked by stabbings

    Classes resumed Wednesday at a Pittsburgh-area high school where authorities said a student stabbed or slashed 21 others and a security guard a week ago while rampaging through a hallway with two kitchen knives.

    Before school began, some students gathered at 6:30 a.m. Wednesday on the football field behind Franklin Regional High School to pray and to support one another.

    April 16, 2014

  • Victimized by the 'marriage penalty'

    In a few short months, I'll pass the milestone that every little girl dreams of: the day she swears - before family and God, in sickness and in health, all in the name of love - that she's willing to pay a much higher tax rate.

    April 16, 2014

  • 10 Things to Know for Today

    Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:

    April 16, 2014

  • Police: GPS helped solve, didn't deter Calif. killings SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) -- GPS technology helped police link two convicted sex offenders to the rapes and killings of at least four women in California, but the mother of one victim said Tuesday that the monitoring system should have done more to prev

    April 16, 2014

  • Smithsonian Tyrannosaurus Rex-15 [Duplicate] T. rex gets new home in Smithsonian WASHINGTON -- More than 100 years after dinosaurs were first displayed on the National Mall, T. rex -- the king -- is joining the Smithsonian collection after a 2,000-mile journey from Montana. Paleontologists and curators unveiled parts of a nearly

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • Medical Marijuana [Duplicate] Medical pot measure could boost Florida Democrats MIAMI -- Tied to an unpopular president and his signature health care law, Democrats in the nation's largest swing state see medical marijuana as a potential antidote to political malaise in this year's midterm elections. Party operatives are pushing

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • Old Social Security debts get reprieved WASHINGTON -- People with old Social Security debts are getting a reprieve -- for now. The Social Security Administration had been participating in a program in which thousands of people were having their tax refunds seized to recoup overpayments tha

    April 16, 2014

  • treadmill-very-fast.jpg Tax deduction for a gym membership?

    April marks another tax season when millions of Americans will deduct expenses related to home ownership, children and education from their annual tax bill. These deductions exist because of their perceived value to society; they encourage behaviors that keep the wheels of the economy turning. So why shouldn't the tax code be revised to reward preventive health?

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • US anti-Semitic attacks down before Kansas deaths

    A group monitoring anti-Semitic attacks in the U.S. cautiously noted a sharp decline in such incidents less than two weeks before the fatal shootings over the weekend outside two Jewish sites in suburban Kansas City.

    April 15, 2014

AP Video
Facebook