CTA’s “Your New Blue” improves stations, leaves out disability access

A brand new canopy shields passengers from the elements at Belmont Station, 3355 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago, IL 60618. Photo by Remy Edstrom.

By Daniel Cazares and Remy Edstrom

Diego Quiñones, 27, of Wicker Park who works in information technology has been a passenger of the Blue Line for the past year.  

“The Damen Blue Line is the nearest to me, but I have to use the Western stop for the time being,” said Quiñones.  

Having suffered a broken foot from a car accident, he underwent surgery which at first required him to use a wheelchair, but is now getting around on crutches.

“The overall nature of my situation is frustrating to say the least, but I remind myself to be grateful that it’s only temporary,” he said. “I have a couple more weeks before I fully recover.”

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Analysis of Google Trends: What Key Searches Tell Us

Voter Searches During 2019 Chicago Mayoral Election

Google analytical chart comparing searches of the top five most searched Mayoral candidates from August 25, 2018 to February 7, 2019.

With the Chicago Mayoral Election just around the corner, it is no surprise that Chicagoans are ramping up their research of candidates. An analysis of Google Trends data shows which candidates are most commonly searched, and helps deliver a better understanding of who is getting the most attention from voters. Out of 14 candidates on the ballot, the top 5 most searched are Susana Mendoza, Toni Preckwinkle, Bill Daley, Amara Enyia, and Willie Wilson. 

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Practice Story

Gov. Pat Quinn talks about MAP grants at DePaul University. (Photo by Josclynn Brandon)

Editor’s note: This story was originally posted on Dec. 12, 2012 and is housed at RedLineProject.org.

By Bob Smith

Gov. Pat Quinn visited DePaul University’s Loop campus on Wednesday to discuss how pension reform is harming the Monetary Award Program (MAP) college scholarships and access to higher education in Illinois.

“This is so important to our state, not only in the past, but certainly now and in the future,” Quinn said.
“We want everyone to have the opportunity to go to college that has the ability to go to college.”

MAP grants are need-based college scholarships that allow merit students who are in need across the state and do not need to be repaid by the student. Quinn said that due to cutbacks and having to pay more money in the pension amount, almost 18,000 students lost their MAP grant scholarships this year.

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