Chicagoland news to talk about: Find out where Chicago ranks among most congested cities.
Marriage equality legislation in Illinois was approved Tuesday by a state Senate committee, advancing the measure toward a vote of the full Senate that is expected to take place on Valentine's Day. The Illinois Senate Executive Committee voted, just as they had a month earlier, in favor of the bill, which would legalize same-sex marriage in the land of Lincoln. Nine committee members voted in favor of the bill and five against. State Sen. Heather Steans, the bill's sponsor, told the committee Tuesday, "Same-sex couples want to marry for the same reasons we all do. Civil unions have created a second-class status," according to Chicago Pride. The Skokie Police Department has been working around the clock with Chicago and other area …
See how Winnetka's traffic stacks up to other small American communities.
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
- Seth Putnam
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
From the "self-evident" file: The Business Journals' G. Scott Thomas reports that smaller cities have smoother traffic. The holy grail of all American cities? Altus, Okla., where a cool 80.5 percent of the town's 19,345 residents can get to work in less than 15 minutes. If the grass is looking a little greener, here's another stat: only a scant 1.5 percent of Altusians have a commute longer than 45 minutes. That's compared to 15.5 percent of drivers in the rest of the U.S. Winnetka made Thomas's list, qualifying because of its estimated 12,344 citizens (as of 2009). But it was hardly near the top. So we don't spoil the ending: See how Winnetka (and nearby Wilmette) stacked up in the box at the bottom of the page.