WBEZ | northern suburbs http://www.wbez.org/tags/northern-suburbs Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Chicago pumping $30 million into improving Purple Line express http://www.wbez.org/news/chicago-pumping-30-million-improving-purple-line-express-112356 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Screen Shot 2015-07-09 at 5.05.13 PM.png" alt="" /><p><p dir="ltr">The Chicago Transit Authority is promising a faster, more reliable purple line express by November of this year.</p><p dir="ltr">CTA officials and Mayor Rahm Emanuel dropped by the Howard station Thursday to announce a $30 million renovation of the Purple Line tracks between the Lawrence and Jarvis stops in Chicago. This is on top of work that was already done in 2013 to renovate tracks and eliminate slow zones on the same line.</p><p dir="ltr">Dorval Carter Jr., recently named president of the CTA, said this would be the biggest investment in the train line that runs from downtown Chicago to the near northern suburbs in the last 40 years.</p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;By replacing track ties, running rail and other improvements on this century old structure, riders will get a commute that has far fewer slow zones and that is smoother and more comfortable,&rdquo; Carter said.</p><p dir="ltr">CTA officials say around 13,000 passengers ride the Purple Line express each week, which totals up to about 3.5 million riders each year. Carter said normal Purple Line express traffic shouldn&rsquo;t be affected by the construction, as work will take place solely on weeknights and weekends. The work is also supposed to be out of the way of normal Red Line service, though there may be occasional reroutes.</p><p dir="ltr">Construction is set to begin on July 20.</p><p><em>Lauren Chooljian is WBEZ&rsquo;s city politics reporter. Follow her&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/laurenchooljian">@laurenchooljian</a>.</em></p></p> Thu, 09 Jul 2015 16:58:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/chicago-pumping-30-million-improving-purple-line-express-112356 Dold wins in the 10th http://www.wbez.org/story/10th-district/dold-wins-10th <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2010-November/2010-11-02/Robert Dold via Dold For Congress.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Republican businessman Robert Dold has won the state's only open congressional seat by narrowly defeating three-time Democratic candidate Dan Seals.</p><p>With 94 percent of precincts reporting on Tuesday, Dold had 51 percent of the votes, compared with Seals' 49 percent. The race was closely watched and means Illinois now has a Republican majority congressional delegation for the first time in seven years.</p><p>Dold is the owner of a suburban Chicago pest control company. The 10th congressional district stretches north of Chicago. It has been largely Republican but had recently been trending Democratic.</p><p>Five-term Republican Congressman Mark Kirk gave up the seat and won President Barack Obama's old Senate seat on Tuesday.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Wed, 03 Nov 2010 01:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/10th-district/dold-wins-10th