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[18 Apr 2017 | No Comment | ]

Sanders rejected Clinton’s “I’m with her” slogan: “It’s so phony!” https://t.co/9X1iCnNbWZ pic.twitter.com/zKkYfq8kCw

— The Hill (@thehill) April 18, 2017

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[18 Apr 2017 | No Comment | ]

The Left’s Embrace Of Political Violence Backfires In Berkeley #TruePundit https://t.co/IUd2C4HnC8

— True Pundit (@true_pundit) April 18, 2017

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[18 Apr 2017 | No Comment | ]

Wellesley’s Student Paper Mounts a Barely Literate Defense of Censorship https://t.co/X571p2E4Qb via @WeeklyStandard

— Charlie Sykes (@SykesCharlie) April 17, 2017

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Four Sought in Connection with Red Line Metro Robbery https://t.co/6H3mRoY4sr via @nbcwashington— Samantha Akinduro (@SamNBC4) April 18, 2017

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[18 Apr 2017 | No Comment | ]

Venezuela illegally issued 10,000 passports to Syrians, Iranians https://t.co/S1tXr0UmVn— Stefan Molyneux (@StefanMolyneux) April 17, 2017

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[17 Apr 2017 | No Comment | ]

* Press release from Sen. Daniel Biss’ campaign…
Today, Biss for Illinois announced Abby Witt, the former Managing Director of Organizing for America (OFA), as its campaign manager. An Evanston native, Witt was responsible for strategic planning and day-to-day operations of OFA, an organization dedicated to advancing a progressive agenda through grassroots action and training.
“If […]

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[17 Apr 2017 | No Comment | ]

As negotiations heat up over expanding terminals and gates at O’Hare International Airport, new data indicate just how far behind its peers the world’s formerly busiest airport has fallen.

The data, passed on by a source close to high-level talks between airline carriers and Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s administration, amount to a slightly different but starker look at travel trends that my colleague John Pletz and I examined in a story in January on O’Hare’s future.

Specifically, figures drawn from U.S. Department of Transportation reports indicate that over the past decade, the total number of departing passengers dropped 1.5 percent at O’Hare even as it grew 8.1 percent nationally.

That leaves O’Hare far behind competing hub airports such as New York’s JFK, Los Angeles International, San Francisco International and Dallas-Fort Worth, whose passenger loads rose 38.3 percent, 22.5 percent, 48.5 percent and 12.4 percent, respectively, in the same period.

The figures cover 2005 through 2015, the latest year for which totals are available.

More: Airlines, City Hall set crucial flight plan for O’Hare

International growth, as opposed to domestic, is particularly weak.

O’Hare international passenger departures did grow 7.4 percent. But among all U.S. airports, international departures leapt five times faster, up 38.4 percent. Airports in the above cities plus Miami, Seattle and Houston all had growth of 20 percent to 90 percent in international traffic.

City Aviation Commissioner Ginger Evans, a big proponent of luring more international service here, declined to comment. But Joe Schwieterman, an aviation expert who heads the Chaddick Institute for Metropolitan Development at DePaul University, says the data “sound right” to him and are part of a trend.

“O’Hare needs both a facelift and a terminal expansion plan” to go with the new runways recently built on the field, he says. “The facilities gap between Chicago and (other) global gateways has grown” as airports around the country and world have built new international terminals while Chicago has decades-old facilities, he added.

Schwieterman said other factors beyond outmoded facilities and a shortage of gates explain O’Hare’s lagging growth. For instance, big airline mergers have given some carriers incentives to add service on the coasts and in smaller cities, while O’Hare’s biggest carriers, United and American Airlines, have been “cautious” in growing, at least here. Also, until 2010, O’Hare was subject to federal capacity limits on the number of flights it could schedule.

Editorial: Chicagoans should not throw away O’Hare’s shot

Still, the new numbers come to light as factions of Chicago’s business community express increased concern about the airfield’s lagging international growth at a time when global connections are a key to corporate competitiveness.

I’ve confirmed that this concern has come up in negotiations between the carriers and Evans as they grapple over expansion plans and a new O’Hare use agreement.

The current use agreement—which governs landing fees, control of gates and other key matters—will not expire until next summer. But sources on both sides of the table confirm that the parties would like to get a deal done this summer, allowing plenty of time for a new pact to be implemented.

The city has pitched a plan to rebuild Terminal 2, giving it international capacity that might appeal to both United and American. But some business leaders think that plan needs to be expanded, given how far behind O’Hare has fallen.

More: This is Chicago’s once-in-a-generation moment at O’Hare

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[17 Apr 2017 | No Comment | ]

Mayor Rahm Emanuel still can’t seem to figure out that using a personal email account for city business is going to draw ethical flies, but the city data portal his administration put together continues to roll out fascinating stuff.The newest info, …

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[17 Apr 2017 | No Comment | ]

* Greg Hinz…
Those of you who have been around a few years will remember how things used to be at the Chicago Transit Authority. Every year or two, the agency would suffer one of its inevitable financial crises. Without enough cash to pay the bills, whoever was the boss at the time would throw a […]