Cubs get a double bounce

After coming back from 8 runs down, need 2nd rally in 9th

 By Paul Sullivan, Chicago Tribune reporter

11:15 p.m. CDT, July 7, 2011


WASHINGTON — There’s no good explanation for the way the Cubs have been playing this season, just as there was no good explanation for what happened Thursday night at Nationals Park.

“Strange things happen in this game,” Blake DeWitt said. “And tonight it happened.”A rare Matt Garza implosion, some indefensible baserunning and more shoddy fielding made the Cubs look like laughingstocks for four innings.

But they pulled a rabbit out of their caps, rebounding from an eight-run deficit to pull off a 10-9 victory over the Nationals before 22,016 stunned fans.


 Quinn signs bill promising ‘universal fare card,’ free WiFi on CTA, Metra and Pace

Posted by Greg H. at 7/7/2011 11:25 AM CDT on Chicago Business


 How about a universal fare card: one piece of plastic good on Metra and Pace and the Chicago Transit Authority? Or free WiFi for your morning commute on every public transit line in town?

Gov. Pat Quinn Thursday promised just that in signing legislation that orders Chicago’s often-feuding transit agencies to quit squabbling and actually develop a universal fare system and work to develop free WiFi service on transit vehicles.


One ticket to ride in Chicago area?


Gov. Pat Quinn signed legislation Thursday requiring a universal fare card for mass transit in the Chicago area by 2015.

The intention is to make it easier for commuters to change between the Chicago Transit Authority, the Metra commuter rail and the suburban Pace bus system.

“It’s long been talked about, it’s long been hoped for but today we’re going to begin to make it a reality,” Quinn said before signing the bill at a downtown Metra train station.