Morning drive podcast and news roundup: Guns, cookies and railroads

August 4, 2011

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In the fourth installment of “Under the Gun,” Rob Wildeboar hits the streets with some Toronto cops. Not just any cops though, the special anti-violence unit Toronto created following a year of 70-plus homicides in the country.

Kraft is splitting up. The Nortfield, Ill.-based company will have on division dedicated to grocery and another for snack foods. Oreo and Trident would be under snacks, while the cheese, beverages and convenient meals would be under the grocery division.

Gary, Ind. will be the site of a $165 million rail expansion from Canadian National. CN also announced it will relocate a locomotive repair shop from Homewood, Illinois, to Gary. The expansion is supposed to speed up trains in the south suburbs as well as around O’Hare.

University of Illinois will have a new leader for their largest campus. Former University of Washington Provost Phyllis M. Wise will take over as chancellor on Oct. 1, pending approval of the board of trustees vote next month.

Postcards have been sent out letting low-income seniors know they are still eligible for free rides on public transit. Other seniors are not, though they qualify for lower fares.

Yankees beat up on the White Sox, again, 18 to 7. Cubs won (again!) against the Pirates. And the Fire tied with the Philadelphia Union. 

Sunny skies and high near 82 today, clouds and cool temps in the 70s. More 80s tomorrow with a chance of rain. Dare we say the heat has finally passed?

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