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Snow Day Fun for Kids, Crippling for Commuters

By Laura Oppenheimer in News on Feb 13, 2007 10:20PM


If you are near a window of some type, then this isn't news to you; it's disgusting outside. Cold, snowy, windy — all the trademarks of our beloved Chicago winters. And not surprisingly, commutes of all types are screwed up.

While there are many reasons to dump on the CTA, we hold the Pink Line above almost all others as evidence of why things need to change. Maybe the fact that it derailed this morning will help convince Frank Kruesi to get his act together? Service had resumed by about 12:30 p.m., but knowing the CTA, residual effects will be felt throughout the system.

If you aren't feeling the CTA love today, take care on the road this afternoon. It won't be pretty out there. Mike Claffey, Illinois Department of Transportation spokesman, urged "people to avoid driving if possible and to stay off the roadways tonight and early Wednesday as conditions are predicted to grow worse."

Maybe it's just time to call it quits and get out of the city? We just heard a report on ABC 7 that almost 1000 flights have been canceled or delayed at Midway and O'Hare, so that is probably not going to happen either. We'd like to say things will look up tomorrow, but they actually look pretty crappy, sort of like today.

Also, Chicagoist's South Loop correspondent is reporting that power is out in that region. Has anyone else heard about this?

"Bummer Dude" by Swanksalot.