WBEZ | Jon Hilkevitch http://www.wbez.org/tags/jon-hilkevitch Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en CTA 2012 budget headed for a vote despite bumpy ride http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-11-15/cta-2012-budget-headed-vote-despite-bumpy-ride-94052 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-November/2011-11-15/Vincent Desjardins--Chicago (ILL) Chicago Transit Authority, CTA, W. Van Buren St. Lasalle Van Buren station.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The Chicago City Council was scheduled to vote on the 2012 budget Wednesday but first, the <a href="http://www.transitchicago.com/" target="_blank">Chicago Transit Authority</a> board was to vote on its own budget Tuesday; but not without contention. CTA President Forrest Claypool has said unions' outdated work rules needed to go. Claypool aimed to fill an estimated $277 million budget shortfall but union leaders have said the proposed changes will not solve the whole problem. They were mad that Claypool appeared to blame it all on old work rules and think there is more to the issue. At this point, they have taken a lot of personal shots at Claypool. The showdown could result in bad news for riders--higher fares and service cuts. To learn more <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> turned to <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/classified/automotive/traffic/chi-jonhilkevitch,0,3124478.columnist" target="_blank">Jon Hilkevitch</a>, the <em>Chicago Tribune</em> transportation reporter.</p><p><em>Music Button: Dead Cat Bounce, "Far From the Matty Crowd", from the album Chance Episodes, (Cuneiform)</em></p></p> Tue, 15 Nov 2011 15:06:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-11-15/cta-2012-budget-headed-vote-despite-bumpy-ride-94052 New leadership announced for the Chicago Transit Authority http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-04-20/new-leadership-announced-chicago-transit-authority-85435 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-April/2011-04-20/Claypool Flickr ChicagoPublicMedia.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel has been busy recently with some major appointments. On Monday, he chose Jean Claude Brizard as CEO of Chicago Public Schools. On Tuesday, Emanuel tapped Forrest Claypool to head the <a href="http://www.transitchicago.com/" target="_blank">Chicago Transit Authority</a>. The Mayor-elect also named members of his financial team.<br> <br> Claypool is a longtime Chicago politician with previous experience at the <a href="http://www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/" target="_blank">Chicago Park District</a> and the <a href="http://www.cookcountygov.com/portal/server.pt/community/government/226/leadership" target="_blank">Cook County Board</a>. That experience may prove valuable – he’ll face a broad range of challenges at the transit agency.<br> <br> To hear more about about CTA priorities and leadership, <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> turned to <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/classified/automotive/traffic/chi-jonhilkevitch,0,3124478.columnist" target="_blank">Jon Hilkevitch</a>, the transportation reporter for the <em>Chicago Tribune</em>.</p></p> Wed, 20 Apr 2011 13:09:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-04-20/new-leadership-announced-chicago-transit-authority-85435