Suffredin- For a Better Cook County  
 

Accountability
Forest Preserves
Public Safety
Cook County Budget
Forest Pres. Budget
Property Tax Appeal
Health & Hospitals
Land Bank Authority
Policy Resolutions
Unsung Heroine

 

   
 
   
   
 
   
     
  Office phone numbers:  
   
 
 

The Cook County Code of Ordinances are the current laws of Cook County.

   
 

Search current and proposed Cook County Legislation in Larry's exclusive legislative library.

   
  Last year more people used the County's forest preserves than visited Yellowstone National Park.
   
     
     
     



CTA to spend $38 million studying Red Line extension

Monday, February 10, 2020
Chicago Tribune
by Mary Wisniewski

The CTA Board on Monday approved spending $38.3 million to study the environmental impact of a proposed extension of the Red Line from 95th Street to 130th Street.

An environmental impact statement is a necessary step in getting federal funding for the project, which would total about $2.3 billion, according to CTA officials. The $38.3 million contract, awarded to infrastructure services firm T. Y. Lin International Great Lakes, also covers planning and preliminary engineering services, the CTA said.

The extension of the CTA’s busiest rail line would fill in what activists have called a “transit desert” on the city’s Far South Side. The city has not extended an "L" line since the Orange Line opened in 1993.

The contract is the latest investment in the extension proposal. Last year, the CTA board committed $310 million of the agency’s 2020-2024 capital budget towards the local match needed to secure federal money. In 2018, the board approved a $20.9 million contract with HNTB Corp., which will oversee the final environmental review and preliminary engineering work. In a statement, CTA President Dorval Carter called the new contract award a “major step" towards building the long-discussed extension.

“CTA is committed to ensuring that every community has access to public transit and we are focused on following the federally required process to make that a reality,” Carter said.

Getting federal money could be difficult under the current administration, since President Donald Trump’s stated budget priorities do not favor transit.

The city does have the authority under state law to establish tax increment financing districts to fund transit projects, including the Red Line extension. Once the project is funded and construction begins, it could take four years to finish, the CTA said.

A less costly and more immediate alternative to increase transit options on the South Side has also been proposed. In a study last year, Cook County outlined a plan to lower fares on the Metra Electric District and Rock Island lines within the city to $2.50 — the same price as the "L" — from current Metra fares of $4 to $5.50.

Under the proposal, Metra trains would run more often, and Ventra cards could eventually be used to provide free transfers between Pace, Metra and the CTA. The proposed pilot program would allow Cook County to subsidize Metra and the CTA for ridership losses.

However, Mayor Lori Lightfoot has expressed concern that the plan would pull too many riders from the CTA.

 



Recent Headlines

County maps reveal suburban spread of coronavirus infections. Some of the highest numbers are in the northern suburbs.
Wednesday, April 01, 2020
Chicago Tribune

Census Day continues despite COVID-19 concerns: ‘Stakes are too high’
Wednesday, April 01, 2020
Chicago Sun-Times

Auction of delinquent Cook County property taxes postponed indefinitely
Wednesday, April 01, 2020
Chicago Defender

Daywatch: Virus crisis looms for Cook County’s incarcerated, the brave new world of pandemic shopping and what Mayor Lori Lightfoot thinks of your memes
Tuesday, March 31, 2020
Chicago Tribune

Another nurse claims retaliation after voicing concerns about PPE access (LIVE UPDATES)
Tuesday, March 31, 2020
Chicago Sun-Times

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle says coronavirus likely to have ‘profound impact’ on county’s hospital system
Tuesday, March 31, 2020
Chicago Tribune

$7.5M in payouts to go to former Cook County Jail detainees denied prescription drugs
Monday, March 30, 2020
Chicago Sun-Times

Postponement of most criminal, civil cases in Cook County Circuit Court extended through May
Monday, March 30, 2020
Chicago Sun-Times

Cook County medical examiner confirms 8 more coronavirus deaths, bringing total to 48
Monday, March 30, 2020
Chicago Sun-Times

Niles Township COVID-19 UPDATES
Monday, March 30, 2020
Special to suffredin.org

Rent coming due for many who’ve lost jobs or seen their hours cut
Sunday, March 29, 2020
Chicago Sun-Times

Community health centers face shutdowns as the coronavirus drives patients, funding away
Sunday, March 29, 2020
Chicago Sun-Times

Coronavirus prompts crackdown on crowds in Cook County forest preserves, and more closures possible if public doesn’t comply
Sunday, March 29, 2020
Chicago Tribune

Illinois confirms more than 1,000 new coronavirus cases as testing capacity grows
Sunday, March 29, 2020
Chicago Sun-Times

Cook County medical examiner confirms 8 more coronavirus deaths, bringing total to 40
Sunday, March 29, 2020
Chicago Sun-Times

Weekly updates from the Village of Glenview
Sunday, March 29, 2020
Special to suffredin.org

Design Evanston Project Review of the 1900 Sherman Avenue Project
Saturday, March 28, 2020
Evanston RoundTable

Inside the city's dry run for a pandemic
Friday, March 27, 2020
Crain's Chicago Business

As coronavirus spreads at Cook County Jail, hundreds are released
Friday, March 27, 2020
Injustice Watch

Letter from the CEO of Cook County Health System
Friday, March 27, 2020
Special to suffredin.org

all news items

Paid for by Larry Suffredin and not at taxpayer expense. A Haymarket Production.
^ TOP