10-11-11: CTA budget, NBA lockout, Chicago ERs

10-11-11: CTA budget, NBA lockout, Chicago ERs

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In today’s episode: CTA’s labor problem (or Labor’s CTA problem?); Evaluating trauma care in Chicago; Bad news Bears.

The Chicago Transit Authority cut more than 200 jobs, the agency announced on Monday. The move comes as the CTA is preparing to release its 2012 budget. The CTA is also revising its sick and vacation policies, according to a released statement. The CTA said the cuts will save about $22 million annually.

Suburban governments are turning to the Illinois General Assembly to force utility provider ComEd to provide better response to widespread power outages.

President Barack Obama said on Tuesday he is prepared to break his jobs bill into pieces and try to move it that way, hours before the measure faced likely defeat at the hands of Republican senators opposed to stimulus spending and a tax surcharge on millionaires, the AP reports.

Access to the highest level of emergency trauma care is not spread equally throughout Chicago, and some claim this layout leaves South Siders by the wayside. WBEZ begins its look at those claims in the first of a three-part series.

It’s National Cheese Month! Eight Forty-Eight explains.

On this date in 1779, Casimir Pulaski, a general in the Continental Army, died from wounds suffered in the Battle of Savannah.

In sports, the Bears fell three games behind in what has been widely called a meltdown in their game against the Detroit Lions 24-13.

The weather could be the last nice day in a while: partly sunny with highs around 75, becoming partly cloudy with lows around 55.

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