Four @ 4: Jan. 20 Update

1) Two Stabbed on the Northwest Side
According to DNAinfo Chicago, two people in Portage Park were stabbed around 6 a.m. today and were hospitalized in serious-to-critical condition. A 17-year-old girl and 20-year-old man were in an apartment when they were stabbed by two men. They were able to escape and call police from a McDonald’s at 3650 N. Cicero Ave. A Chicago Police Department spokesman said that two suspects are in custody, and one was taken to a hospital with injuries.

2) More Snow on the Way
A lake effect snow warning for the Chicago area has been issued by the national weather service starting at 11 p.m. and going until 9 a.m. Tuesday. Six to 12 inches of snow are expected, with northern Indiana likely to be hit hardest. That will add to the 38.9 inches of snow the city has seen this winter, already above the 36.7 inches it sees in an average winter, according to the Chicago Tribune. See our Storify on the first set of winter storms. Or watch the WGN forecast.

3) Chicago Libraries Best in the U.S.
A study by a German university has ranked Chicago’s public libraries as the best in the United States based on its core services, according to the Los Angeles Times.  Of the 31 international cities in the study, Chicago ranked No. 3 and ranked ahead of cities such as London, Singapore, Beijing and Hong Kong. Vancouver and Montreal ranked Nos. 1 and 2, respectively.

4) Hey, What’s That Smell on My CTA Train?
A report in the Chicago Tribune says that reports of feces on CTA trains have been happening more regularly recently. A CTA spokesman said that this is a result of the recent cold snap (and another is on the way), as many homeless people are using CTA services to avoid the harsh conditions. The spokesman said that an additional 15 rail car servicers have been hired to clean cars when they reach the end of the line, but that hasn’t been so obvious with the recent state of some Red Line cars.

In the past week, here are photos off some of the Red Line trains that our reporters and readers have documented:

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Published by Jakub Rudnik

Chicago-area sportswriter. DePaul journalism professor. VP of content and SEO at Shortlister. Founder of