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Chi-Sky21 Jul 15, 2016 4:12 AM

Chicago also has going for it at the federal level both Dick Durbin and Mark Kirk on the transportation committee, Durbin is very good at steering funds our way. Also, the possible future president was born and raised not to far from here.

denizen467 Jul 15, 2016 5:28 AM

^ Park Ridge very much counts as Chicago. But disappointingly its famous former resident has practically disavowed, or at least downplayed, any ties to us. She definitely has a Chicagoan-ness in her persona though, and it would be nice in the future if she would be proud of and even emphasize those links. For example, a potential future presidential library would probably go to NY, even though that would be based largely just on three years in New Haven and eight carpetbagging years as senator in her fifties; this slightly feels like a stab in the back. (I'm doubting Arkansas would be a finalist in such a competition.) Edit: Come to think of it a library in DC would kind of make sense though, as she would have marked a significant first in two and a half centuries.

Anyway, to be back OT here, we could guilt her into emphasizing transportation infrastructure in Chicago.

the urban politician Jul 15, 2016 1:06 PM

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Originally Posted by Chi-Sky21 (Post 7504111)
Chicago also has going for it at the federal level both Dick Durbin and Mark Kirk on the transportation committee, Durbin is very good at steering funds our way. Also, the possible future president was born and raised not to far from here.

That didn't help us land any direct flights to Cuba

Nice goin', Kirk and Durbin :rolleyes:

If Illinois is going to be taxed so heavily and put a bunch of crooks in office, then damn it, act like crooks and bring home the chowder!

Kngkyle Jul 15, 2016 3:52 PM

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Originally Posted by the urban politician (Post 7504260)
That didn't help us land any direct flights to Cuba

Nice goin', Kirk and Durbin :rolleyes:

If Illinois is going to be taxed so heavily and put a bunch of crooks in office, then damn it, act like crooks and bring home the chowder!

We actually did get a direct flight to Cuba, just not to Havana, and far less than daily. :shrug: So your point still stands.

ardecila Jul 15, 2016 10:38 PM

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Originally Posted by denizen467 (Post 7504143)
^ Park Ridge very much counts as Chicago. But disappointingly its famous former resident has practically disavowed, or at least downplayed, any ties to us.

Yeah, Hillary Clinton's ties to Illinois are minor at best. Unlike Obama, Hillary spent none of her academic or political life in Illinois. She went to Wellesley and Yale and married Bill almost immediately after to move to Arkansas.

Remember, Ronald Reagan was also born in Illinois, and Abraham Lincoln was born in Kentucky... good for a highway sign and not much else.*

Plus, Illinois is about as blue as it gets. Hillary will owe the state of Illinois absolutely nothing if she wins.



* = Apocryphally, Reagan was responsible for the Orange Line getting Federal funding, but I believe that was more about Bill Lipinski's vote for sending aid to the Contras in Nicaragua than about any fondness Reagan might have had for Illinois...

CTA Gray Line Jul 22, 2016 5:50 PM

CTA, Metra are unworthy 'social engineering,' GOP says .....
 
http://www.chicagobusiness.com/artic...ransit-program

CTA Gray Line Jul 22, 2016 6:21 PM

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http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/o...721-story.html

OhioGuy Jul 25, 2016 12:57 AM

Wow, I guess this happened at UIC today during the storms

https://twitter.com/islesoferin/stat...64207859986432

CTA Gray Line Jul 25, 2016 1:51 AM

Local, rail officials won't $110 million for South Side projects
 
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/l...723-story.html

the urban politician Jul 25, 2016 4:42 AM

^ Nice going again, Dick and Mark :rolleyes:

Illinois--corruption without the benefits

Kngkyle Jul 25, 2016 4:52 AM

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Originally Posted by the urban politician (Post 7511821)
^ Nice going again, Dick and Mark :rolleyes:

Illinois--corruption without the benefits

It does say only 18 out of 212 grant applications actually got funding, so the odds weren't exactly great to begin with.

Chi-Sky21 Jul 25, 2016 12:47 PM

Durbin was able to steer money the CTAs way through the Core Capacity program. So the corruption paid off a little bit at least. 8)

the urban politician Jul 25, 2016 2:38 PM

^ Not enough. Transport is vital to Chicago's economy. More than any other metro

Mr Downtown Jul 25, 2016 9:36 PM

^The cars aren't holding up the freight trains. The trains are blocking the streets.

UPChicago Jul 26, 2016 2:48 PM

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Originally Posted by the urban politician (Post 7511990)
^ Not enough. Transport is vital to Chicago's economy. More than any other metro

Couldn't agree more, which is why there is such an emphasis on O'Hare and our freight network.

Vlajos Jul 26, 2016 3:26 PM

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Originally Posted by UPChicago (Post 7513047)
Couldn't agree more, which is why there is such an emphasis on O'Hare and our freight network.

It seems like Illinois Congressional delegation is terrible at bringing home the money.

ardecila Jul 27, 2016 12:14 AM

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Originally Posted by Vlajos (Post 7513087)
It seems like Illinois Congressional delegation is terrible at bringing home the money.

Dude, Federal money requires a local match. The delegation is hamstrung by Springfield gridlock and Illinois' ridiculous debt levels. Municipalities and the state government just aren't putting up.

Plus, Congress no longer allows earmarks, so legislators have much less influence over grant awards than they used to. Bureaucrats are now firmly in the driver's seat on this type of stuff, and in lieu of earmarks they often have vague directives from Congress to "direct resources to rural areas" or "increase access to underserved communities". As a result, USDOT just allocated $3B in Fastlane grants, explicitly for freight movement, and Illinois got nothing.

On the other hand, as another commenter noted, Durbin was able to "steer" funds to Chicago by creating a new grant program that's basically tailor-made to CTA's needs, and then tipping off CTA so they could be first in line. But that's way harder to do than an earmark, and only possible because Durbin is the #2 Democrat in the Senate (and possible Majority Leader after November).

Vlajos Jul 27, 2016 12:53 AM

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Originally Posted by ardecila (Post 7513662)
Dude, Federal money requires a local match. The delegation is hamstrung by Springfield gridlock and Illinois' ridiculous debt levels. Municipalities and the state government just aren't putting up.

Plus, Congress no longer allows earmarks, so legislators have much less influence over grant awards than they used to. Bureaucrats are now firmly in the driver's seat on this type of stuff, and in lieu of earmarks they often have vague directives from Congress to "direct resources to rural areas" or "increase access to underserved communities". As a result, USDOT just allocated $3B in Fastlane grants, explicitly for freight movement, and Illinois got nothing.

On the other hand, as another commenter noted, Durbin was able to "steer" funds to Chicago by creating a new grant program that's basically tailor-made to CTA's needs, and then tipping off CTA so they could be first in line. But that's way harder to do than an earmark, and only possible because Durbin is the #2 Democrat in the Senate (and possible Majority Leader after November).

We've been a net contributor state for too long. We're essentially insolvent and need federal funds more than most states. Our congressional representation is terrible.

chicagopcclcar1 Jul 27, 2016 2:42 PM

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The CTA is using its 8-car 2400 Series Boeing Historical Fleet in special service serving the Chicagoland Baseball Classic. The cars ran on Monday. Today, Wednesday, train will leave 95th around 4:52pm, getting downtown around 5:15pm and to Addison about 5:35pm. I'm surprised we haven't seen photos. The door chain signboard will be different. Photos: CTA.

Randomguy34 Jul 27, 2016 3:59 PM

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Originally Posted by chicagopcclcar1 (Post 7514096)
The CTA is using its 8-car 2400 Series Boeing Historical Fleet in special service serving the Chicagoland Baseball Classic. The cars ran on Monday. Today, Wednesday, train will leave 95th around 4:52pm, getting downtown around 5:15pm and to Addison about 5:35pm. I'm surprised we haven't seen photos. The door chain signboard will be different. Photos: CTA.

I hope this becomes a more regular thing with the CTA where heritage fleets are used during sports games. Would definitely be great for both sports and rail fans

Durbin, Emanuel, Members Of Illinois Delegation Announce $25 Million TIGER Grant For Garfield Green Line Gateway
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PHILADELPHIA – U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), U.S. Representatives Danny Davis (D-IL-7) and Bobby Rush (D-IL-1), and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel today announced $25 million in federal funding to create an updated, convenient transit gateway at the Garfield Green Line ‘L’ station in Chicago’s Washington Park neighborhood. This investment, awarded through the U.S. Department of Transportation’s TIGER grant program, will support improvements to the existing operational Green Line station and restore the historic 1892 former ‘Alley L’ station and track structure.

“This announcement is good news for Washington Park. Today’s funding preserves the rich history of the Washington Park neighborhood and takes important steps to improve safety for area residents, many of whom rely on public transit to get to and from work,” said Senator Durbin. “I was proud to support this revitalization project, and I will continue to advocate for strong investments in Illinois’ transportation systems.”

“This Federal Department of Transportation grant will help renew, and re-energize the community surrounding the Garfield Green Line station with new job opportunities, new public spaces, improved accessibility to public transit and an exciting new partnership between CTA and Arts Block - the University of Chicago’s Arts + Public Life Initiative led by artist Theaster Gates,” said Representative Davis. “Community activists have been advocating for this type of development for years and they deserve to share in the credit for this significant investment.”
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http://www.durbin.senate.gov/newsroo...n-line-gateway


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