Metra repairs "pull aparts" in the tracks using flames.Michael Gillis/Metra

This Is Why Metra Sets Its Tracks On Fire In The Really Cold Weather

"We are warming up the tracks so that we can make the repair, but it's not something we do in normal service to warm the tracks," a Metra spokesman said.

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Truck Driver Near Hilco Site Punches, Kicks Protesters As Little Village Demolition Resumes

Activists temporarily blocked traffic on Pulaski Road and a truck driver confronted and assaulted them in a tense exchange caught on video.

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West Ridge Protest Friday Will Take Over Busy Street Corner

The West Ridge demonstration is the fourth in a planned series of protests centered in busy North Side neighborhoods.

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South Loop Store Owner Whose Family Fled Tulsa Massacre Says It’s Time For Change: ‘100 Years Later, We’re Fighting The Same Fight’

Keewa Nurullah’s family owned a store in a wealthy Black neighborhood in Tulsa burned to the ground by white supremacists in 1921. She hasn’t seen much change since.