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» Chicago News Roundup for Monday, August 27, 2007

Chicago News Roundup for Saturday and Sunday, August 25-26, 2007


Chicago area residents drying out

The storm swept through the Chicago area Thursday, packing winds over 70 mph.

The National Weather Service confirms that a tornado struck Winfield just after 3 p.m. on Thursday. The tornado was about 500 yards wide and was on the ground for about a mile and a half. The main damage is uprooted trees. The tornado is rated an EF-1. That’s the smallest on the scale used to measure tornadoes.

Saturday, a boat was needed to get down some streets in Des Plaines. But, Sunday, conditions were dry. Fortunately, the flood was not as bad as some residents expected.

Many in the Des Plaines neighborhood said the flood in 1986 and the one in 2003 were a lot worse than this week’s flooding.

[via ABC7Chicago.com]

State budget a bust for the suburbs

If you are looking for a job that pays well and offers nice salary increases without the expectation of competence, consider being a governor or lawmaker in Illinois.

We might not begrudge Gov. Rod Blagojevich increasing his pay to $171,000 — a nearly 12 percent increase — or lawmakers having their base pay climb to $65,353 from $57,619 — if these pay hikes were, in any comprehensible way, deserved. Perhaps a just reward for extraordinary work to put the state in a stronger position.

[via Chicago Daily Herald]

Two arrested after Elgin carjacking

Charges are pending Saturday for two Chicago men in connection to a carjacking in northwest suburban Elgin.

The men — approximately 18 and 23 years of age — were arrested Saturday by Elgin police after an alleged carjacking and foot chase, an Elgin Police Department release said. Their identities were not immediately available.

[via Chicago Sun-Times]

Teen girls injured in South Side shooting

A 17-year-old girl was critically hurt and an 18-year-old was shot in the arm while walking in Chicago’s Roseland neighborhood late Friday.

Officials with the Chicago Public Schools say Patrice Brown, 17, and Taniya Ross, 18, were best friends and classmates at Fenger High School.

Police say the girls were walking near 101st and State Street at about 11 p.m. when two men started shooting.

[via ABC7Chicago.com]

Transit agencies cannot go it alone

On Friday, Pace, the suburban bus agency, started eliminating or reducing the frequency of buses on 23 routes amid a dismal economic climate that includes a $50 million gap in its 2007 budget.

It doesn’t bode well for the state of public transportation when a bus company in the suburbs of the nation’s third largest metropolitan area has to make such severe cuts.

[via Chicago Daily Herald]

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