by Whet Moser
Problem: Obama owes various debts to the local machine.
Problem: The CTA is totally screwed up.
Solution: President Obama throws some Keynesian dough at public transportation. Maybe "solution" is the wrong word, but "making lemons out of lemonade" might suffice.
Also: This Trib article from 1987 on the '77 CTA disaster is interesting.
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