CHICAGO — Two CTA Red Line stations on the North Side will be shuttered for the next three years.
As part of the transit agency’s modernization initiative, the century year old Lawrence station in Uptown and the Berwyn station in Edgewater will be removed and rebuilt.
Buses on Lawrence and Foster avenues will be redirected to allow commuters to transfer at the Wilson station in Uptown and the Bryn Mawr station in Edgewater while construction is underway.
Sources did not indicate if COVID restriction would be relaxed for commuters riding buses during rush hour periods. CTA spoken did say “We have the buses to do the job, we have it under control for the next three years.”
CHICAGO – Metra to add rail cars that can accommodate bicycles. The bike rail cars began operating on the Rock Island and BNSF lines on Saturday, according to Metra. The cars can accommodate 16 bicycles instead of the 5 that Metra had been operating.
The bike cars will be available on weekday and weekend trains and are identifiable by a bright blue and grey color scheme on the exterior and a large white bicycle decal next to the exterior doors. The initiative also emphasizes Metra’s dedication to environmentally friendly “green” transportation choices.
During a gunfight Saturday at a parking garage on a busy Near North Side block, rapper Lil Reese and two others were wounded. According to Chicago police, the men were “. . . all shooting at each other. . ” around 9:50 a.m. inside a parking garage in the first block of West Grand Avenue.
Police sources said 2 men, ages 27 and 28, were taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital with gunshot wounds. The younger man was hit several times and was critically injured, while the older man was grazed in the eye and was listed in good condition. One of the injured men, according to a police source, was rapper Lil Reese, whose legal name is Tavares Taylor.
According to police, a third man, 20, was transported to Stroger Hospital in good condition with two gunshot wounds to his knee.
Taylor has been shot twice since November 2019, when he was shot in the neck in the south suburban community of Country Club Hills.
Witnesses who did not want to be identified mentioned a “weird” sequence of events in the garage of a luxury high-rise condominium in a busy town.
Taylor’s PR staff declined comment if the gunfight was a publicity stunt and as of Saturday afternoon, no one has been charged in the gunfight.
BELVIDERE, IL — As automakers continue to be troubled by a global shortage of semiconductors, 1,600 jobs are being cut at a Jeep Cherokee factory in Belvidere Illinois.
Stellantis, formerly known as Fiat Chrysler, announced on Friday that one of the two work shifts at its Belvidere Assembly Plant would be eliminated as of July 26. The Belvidere plant has been closed since late March, with Stellantis constantly delaying its reopening, which is now scheduled to take place later this month at the earliest.
The recent chip shortage, which was triggered by semiconductor makers moving their factories to more lucrative consumer-electronics processors has forced the closure of a number of other auto plants, including those operated by General Motors and Ford Motor Company in recent months.