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Wednesday, Dec 4, 2013 at 6:22 PM
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By Phil Rogers

CTA Claims Most Ventra Problems Are 'Gone'

The Chicago Transit Authority says the turnstile delays that caused several Ventra cards to be denied or charged double have largely “vanished” in the weeks following a software upgrade. Read »

Tuesday, Nov 5, 2013 at 3:10 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Dear City Council, Follow the Money on Ventra Deal

Dear City Council, Follow the Money on Ventra Deal

Beyond the poor customer service lie deeper questions about who, if anyone, is profiting from these problems and whether the CTA did a proper job of vetting its business partners. Read »

Tuesday, Jul 30, 2013 at 6:03 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

CTA Union Boss Disputes $10M Savings in Absenteeism Crackdown

CTA Union Boss Disputes $10M Savings in Absenteeism Crackdown

Fewer Chicago Transit Authority employees are showing up late to work or calling out sick, saving $10 million, the agency announced Tuesday. Read »

Friday, Apr 5, 2013 at 12:36 PM
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By Saba Hamid

CTA Reaches Tentative Deal With 12 Labor Unions

The five-year agreement covers more than 1,200 workers in 12 unions but doesn't include CTA bus drivers or motormen. Read »

Friday, Apr 5, 2013 at 12:36 PM
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By Lisa Balde

CTA Unveils $203M Plan for New Wilson Station

CTA Unveils $203M Plan for New Wilson Station

The Chicago Transit Authority's Wilson Red Line station is one of the most traveled stops on the North Side and considered to be among those "L" stops in need of the most help and repair. Read »

Monday, Aug 27, 2012 at 2:27 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

CTA Program Gives 500 CPS Students Free Rides

CTA Program Gives 500 CPS Students Free Rides

No such thing as a free ride in Chicago? That won't be true for some students on the CTA. The new Free Fare Card Pilot program announced Monday will allow 500 CPS students at five high schools to ride public... Read »

Tuesday, Jul 17, 2012 at 2:09 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern & Patrick Hechinger

CTA Invests $205M in Facility Repairs

CTA Invests $205M in Facility Repairs

CTA bus and rail facilities will receive a $205 million makeover beginning in 2013. Mayor Rahm Emanuel and CTA President Forrest Claypool announced the plans on Tuesday, saying the upgrade is the “first ever on... Read »

Thursday, May 24, 2012 at 6:39 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern, Alexandria Fisher

New Morgan CTA Station Officially Opens

New Morgan CTA Station Officially Opens

Mayor Rahm Emanuel officially opened new Morgan 'L' station Thursday. Read »

Monday, Nov 21, 2011 at 7:12 AM
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By Lisa Balde & Stefan Holt

CTA Doubles Security Cameras at 'L' Stops

CTA Doubles Security Cameras at 'L' Stops

A CTA security plan Mayor Rahm Emanuel and CTA president Forrest Claypool announced in June to double the amount of security cameras and increase police presence has wrapped six weeks early. Nearly 1,500 cameras... Read »

Thursday, Nov 3, 2011 at 7:26 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

Emanuel, Quinn Announce $1 Billion CTA Plan

Chicago's signature rail line, the CTA's Red Line is about to get a whole lot better, officials say.In a rare joint appearance, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Illinois Governor Pat Quinn announced a $1... Read »

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Rahm Emanuel

Rahm Emanuel

Foul mouthed, iron-fisted and arrogant. Say hello to Mayor Emanuel.

Jesse Jackson Jr.

Jesse Jackson Jr.

After spending much of the past year and a half out of the public eye Triple J is making a comeback!

Rod Blagojevich

Rod Blagojevich

Rascally alchemist transmutes disgrace into fame. Celeb Apprentice buffoon, jail time looms.

Pat Quinn

Pat Quinn

Accidental gov no longer.

Michael Madigan

Michael Madigan

Master of the Illinois political universe, behind-the-scenes strong arm, and speaker of the house.

Ed Burke

Ed Burke

Ed Burke has played the stoic counterpart to Mayor Daley's outspoken boss hog since the Mayor took office.

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