Good morning, Chicago.
Expressway traffic continued to bounce back with a vengeance last year, as Chicago-area commuters lost more hours to congestion than drivers in any other major U.S. city studied in a new report.
It’s the second year in a row the area’s commuters have earned the dubious distinction from mobility analytics firm Inrix.
The report found the average Chicago-area driver spent 155 hours sitting in traffic along major commuting routes in 2022. That was up from 104 hours in 2021, and about 7% higher than pre-pandemic.
Read the full story from the Tribune’s Sarah Freishtat.
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Local researchers and scientists have been testing wastewater for COVID-19 since 2020, even recently turning to use tampons in order to swab human waste in sewers.
Now, Illinois residents will be able to keep an eye on the levels of COVID-19 in their community as measured by 75 wastewater treatment plants in the state.
Though street vendors are vulnerable to robberies because they are working alone and only with cash, most robberies reported over the years were sporadic. It wasn’t until early December when aldermen of Southwest Side neighborhoods, community leaders and the Chicago Police Department alerted the community to a recent string of armed robberies targeting vendors.
In Little Village, the tamaleros have taken the biggest hit, leaving them in fear and scaring away their clients.
Purdue University Northwest kicked off its spring semester by announcing a new executive director for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at a time when the school faces continued calls for Chancellor Thomas Keon to resign over a racist comment he made during one of the Fall Commencement ceremonies Dec. 10.
Associate DEI Director Laura Odom will step into the role of executive director, Keon announced in a campuswide memo obtained by the Post-Tribune on Monday.
A federal agency says a ban on gas stoves is on the table amid rising concern about harmful indoor air pollutants emitted by the appliances.
New peer-reviewed research published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health found that more than 12% of current childhood asthma cases in the U.S. can be attributed to gas stove use.
The National Women’s Soccer League permanently banned four coaches as part of disciplinary action taken against several individuals and teams in response to an investigation into alleged abuse and misconduct in the league.
Rory Dames resigned from the Chicago Red Stars in 2021 amid accusations of verbal, emotional and racial abuse made by several former players.
Take heart, Chicago music fans, the Earth is tilting us toward summer, and lest you need a reminder, the Grant Park Music Festival announced this morning its 2023 season in Millennium Park. Here are highlights from the calendar.