Thursday, February 28, 2013
Oak Park police said a man attacked two juveniles on the El platform.
Police reported a man who allegedly body-slammed another person at the Oak Park Blue Line stop last week. According to Oak Park police, the attacker was last seen running eastbound toward East Avenue at 12:05 a.m. Feb. 19. The offender is described as a man in his 20's, about 5-foot-9 and with a medium build. He was wearing a black hoodie, black jeans and brown boots. Police said the victim reported being punched in the face and then body-slammed on the El platform. A second victim was hit in the chin when trying to get the attacker off of the first person he hit. Both victims were juveniles, police said. Are you a fan of true crime? "Like" the Crime-n-Shame page on Facebook and get clued in on mischief making and weird crime throughout…
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Oak Park police are seeking help to identify the assailant in a Blue Line attack near the Austin stop last week.
Oak Park Police are seeking the public’s help identifying a man who struck a woman with a sock filled with feces as she rode a Blue Line train eastbound near Austin Boulevard at about 4:50 p.m. on Wed., Dec. 12. The 21-year-old victim told police she had boarded the Blue Line at Oak Park Avenue. As the train arrived at the Austin stop, the suspect struck her with the sock then fled up the exit ramp and continued on foot north on Austin. CBSChicago is reporting that the woman, who came to Oak Park six weeks ago to live with a family and provide in-home child care, said she was riding an east-bound train from Oak Park to Chicago when the assault occurred. Police hope images captured by CTA cameras will help identify the suspect. Anyone with …
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
The CTA Holiday Train, which has become a Chicago tradition since 1992, is up and running once again. It will make its way to the Green Line on Nov. 28 and Blue Line on Dec. 6-8.
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Tuesday, November 27, 2012
The Chicago Transit Authority has once again gotten into the spirit of the holiday season with its Holiday Train, which began its annual run on Nov. 23. The train is decked out with garland, bows, thousands of lights and hand poles wrapped to look like candy canes, in addition to an open car in the middle that carries Santa Claus, his reindeer and several decorated Christmas trees. "It is a unique thing to Chicago," said CTA Media Spokesperson Catherine Hosinski. "No other city has an in-service train like this. Over the 21 years, this has become a tradition among Chicagoans and their families. They make this part of their holiday season traditions, to go out and see it and ride it and say 'hi' to Santa." The Holiday Train will run on all …
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Chicago Tribune analysis shows high-crime activity, with local routes ranking high on the list.
Commuters, beware. The rail routes frequented by many local CTA riders are high on the list of crime hotspots, according to a Chicago Tribune analysis of more than three years of crime data. The analysis is part of a larger Tribune series examining crime on the CTA, from dissecting the rise of smartphone robberies to tagging along with late-night commuters. Be sure to check out this infographic, which breaks down the stats. The Roosevelt stop in the Loop, which serves the CTA's Red, Green and Orange Lines and bus routes, was tops on the list, the Trib's analysis found, and the entire 23-mile stretch of the Red Line sees a high rate of crime. And then there's this: In addition to the Red Line, which operates around the clock between some of…
Friday, October 7, 2011
Oak Park resident is "very concerned about the Eisenhower reconstruction proposals."
Friday, October 7, 2011
This e-mailed letter arrived Friday from Andrea Green, an Oak Park resident and president of Friends of the Oak Park Conservatory. "Although I have a special concern for the future of the conservatory if the Eisenhower is expanded," she writes,"I am acting in this issue as a private citizen of Oak Park and the greater Chicago metropolitan area." I attended the Advisory Group and Task Force Meeting on September 29, 2011 at which alternative solutions were discussed for transportation needs along the Eisenhower corridor. This letter refers to the information included in “Corridor Advisory Group and Task Force Meeting #11". I’m concerned about this issue as a citizen of Oak Park but also because I want transportation solutions which benefit …
Thursday, October 6, 2011
Former trustee says proposal to axe Blue Line service "writes off the future" of city's West Side and western suburbs.
Thursday, October 6, 2011
A letter from Rick Kuner, former Oak Park trustee and founder of Citizens for Appropriate Transportation: One of fifteen alternatives the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) is considering for the Eisenhower Transportation Corridor is replacing most of the Forest Park Branch of the CTA Blue Line with Bus Rapid Transit. What do we do about it? Honor the threat. IDOT’s proposal to close part of the Blue Line is a bad transportation solution. It has negative economic, social, environmental, and financial impacts. It writes off the future of parts of the West Side of Chicago, Oak Park, and other suburbs. Focus on getting a good solution. The Corridor needs long-term transportation improvements so just stopping one bad solution is …
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Authorities say foursome swiped spray paint from Oak Park garages.
Four juveniles ranging in age from 10 to 13 years old were charged June 11 with taking spray paint from the garages of two homes in the 900 block of South Euclid Avenue and 1000 block of South Oak Park Avenue, police said. The 13-year-old also was charged with spray painting the overhead garage doors of five homes in that neighborhood, police said. After an investigation, the four were apprehended after an officer ordered the operator of an eastbound CTA Blue Line train to stop the El car the four were riding in, police said.
Tuesday, March 1, 2011
Authorities say 21-year-old Cicero woman was more than double the legal BAC limit.
The driver of an SUV which plummeted off a dead-end street and onto the El tracks below has been charged with drunken driving, police said. Jessica Garcia, 21, of the 1300 block of 59th Ave. in Cicero, was behind the wheel of a Jeep Cherokee headed north on Taylor Avenue around 3:20 a.m. Friday when it crashed through a Garfield Street guardrail and soared over freight tracks and landed upside down on the nearby CTA Blue Line tracks, police said. Garcia was conscious and outside the SUV when paramedics arrived, authorities said, and was rushed to Loyola University Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries. She was charged with with drunken driving, driving without a valid license, driving without insurance and failure to reduce …
Friday, February 25, 2011
CTA service resumes after overnight disruption.
Police in Oak Park will question the driver of an SUV which blasted through a dead-end guardrail, soared through the air and landed on train tracks several stories below. Police Sgt. Michael Richardson said the unidentified female driver was headed north on Taylor Avenue and was approaching Garfield Street just before 3:20 a.m. when the SUV "continued past Garfield, past the guard rail and down into the train tracks — which are significantly lower than Garfield Street." The vehicle, a Jeep Grand Cherokee, ended up on the eastbound CTA Blue Line tracks near the Austin stop. The driver was concsious and outside of the SUV when emergency responders arrived, police said. She was taken to Loyola University Medical Center with non-life …
Thursday, January 27, 2011
Police issuing safety tips for public transit after recent robbery attempt.
A robbery attempt on the CTA Blue Line was thwarted when a passenger refused to hand over her cell phone, then kicked the would-be thief. The robbery attempt occurred Jan. 20 at the CTA Austin Boulevard Blue Line stop shortly after noon, police said. That's when a male passenger, described by police as 18 or 19 years old, walked up to a passenger and tried to swipe her iPhone from her hands. The victim, a 34-year-old woman, refused to give it up and kicked the man away from her, police said. After being kicked, the man tried stealing the phone again, this time by threatening violence. The passenger refused to give up her phone a second time, even as the offender reached into the front waistband of his pants, pulling out a black object …