CTA To Alter Schedules To Address Security Concerns

By Jeff L. Tucker, The Chicago Times

CHICAGO – CTA President Dorval Carter announced on Thursday plans to alter schedules in an effort ease safety concerns and long wait time for passengers.

“CTA service has been under pressure for nearly three years, and recent job market and workforce challenges are compounding an already difficult time. From the market forces of the ‘great resignation’ to a very competitive job market and high attrition rates among bus and rail operators, our services are not meeting our high standards,” Carter said during a luncheon speech with Chicago business leaders.

The CTA has been inundated with complaints from passengers and city officials about overall service and safety.  CTA ridership continues to lag and there is no sign it will recover to pre-pandemic levels.

Carter insisted that a shortage of train and bus operators is to blame for the long wait times.  CTA reported that it has lost nearly 1,000 employees since the pandemic.

To remedy long wait times, Carter rolled out a new schedule that will be based on current rider patterns which he hopes will make wait times more consistent and limit any large gaps in CTA arrivals.  Carter also emphasized that service hours will not change. 

Carter also mentioned plans to hire new full-time employees as well as retired operators on a part time basis.

Intelligentsia Coffee To Unionize; Patrons Can Expect To Pay More 

By Al Brown, The Chicago Times

August 9, 2022

CHICAGO – Five of Intelligentsia Coffee’s cafes in Chicago have voted to join a union, making Intelligentsia the third coffee house to go union.  Consumers can expect price hikes as Intelligentsia looks to offset union costs.

According to the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (Local 1220), 27 employees at five locations “voted” to join the union.  However, the National Labor Relations Board, which supervised the vote, admitted most employees did not cast a ballot.  This could be a signal that many employees are wary of union control.  The vote was 9-1 in favor of the IBEW slithering into Intelligentsia’s workforce.

The IBEW attempted to force an additional 15 employees at Intelligentsia’s Chicago Roasting Works, 1850 W. Fulton St. to unionize.  However, Intelligentsia rightly claimed that the additional workers are managers and should not be unionized.  The IBEW then agreed to target only store workers.  IBEW spokesman openly said roastery workers are in the cross-hairs in the next attempt to unionize.

Naperville: Man charged In Violent Home Invasion

By Kathy Whitaker, The Chicago Times

August 9, 2022

NAPERVILLE, IL –  A man who was out on probation was charged after he allegedly broke into a Naperville residence where his ex-girlfriend was visiting and violently attacked residents.

According to prosecutors, on Saturday at 4:00 am,  24-year-old Adam Stone, of Chicago, allegedly broke into a residence on Smokey Court in Naperville where his ex-girlfriend was visiting.  Stone supposedly broke a basement window and entered the residence without permission and then attacked several of the occupants as they attempted to force him out of the residence.

When Stone was finally thrown out of the residence, he allegedly threw a brick through the windows of two vehicles owned by the victims.

Stone has been charged with home invasion causing injury and three counts of criminal damage to property.

Stone is expected in court on Friday.

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National Weather Service: Lake Michigan Too Dangerous For Swimming 

By The Chicago Times Staff

August 8, 2022

CHICAGO – National Weather Service declared Lake Michigan too dangerous for swimming in the Chicago and Northwest Indiana area starting Monday and Tuesday.

According to the NWS “Dangerous swimming conditions are expected to develop on Monday, and will persist through early Tuesday afternoon.  Waves will be 3 to 6 feet high and currents in Lake Michigan could be life-threatening.  The high swim risk warning applies to beaches in Illinois and Indiana.  There is a moderate risk for Lake Michigan beaches in southeastern Wisconsin.”

Photo: Roman Boed, Flickr.com

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Bus Sideswipes 13 Vehicles 

By James R. Scott, The Chicago Times

August 8, 2022

CHICAGO – On Saturday afternoon a party bus sideswiped 13 vehicles on North Broadway causing mayhem on the Northside.  

According to police, around 2:55 pm, the bus, owned by Indiana based Black Label Limos, sped out of control southbound in the 3500 block of North Broadway.  An eyewitness video captured the menacing bus slamming into parked cars without any regard to the safety of pedestrians and possible passengers.  Police were able to stop the bus near North Recreation Drive and North DuSable Lake Shore Drive.  The 45-year-old driver was taken into custody.

Photo: Warren Williams

Indiana House Passes Abortion Ban

By Harold W. Reid, The Chicago Times

August 5, 2022

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – The Indiana House passed a bill that would ban nearly all abortions in the state.  The bill will now head to the Indiana Senate for review.  The bill was passed 62-38 and would ban most abortions with limited exceptions, including rape and incest, and to protect the life and physical health of the mother.

If the bill is passed, Indiana wiill become the first state in the nation to pass new legislation restricting abortions since the US Supreme Court’s ruling in June that returned abortion laws to the states.  Friday’s passage came just one week after the Senate passed its version with similar measures.

Currently, Indiana abortion laws permit an abortion up to 22 weeks after the last menstrual period.