Chicago’s proposal to fine pedestrians using cellphones in crosswalks

Daily News Article - November 27, 2017


1. The first paragraph of a news article should answer the questions who, what, where and when. List the who, what, where and when of this news item. (NOTE: The remainder of a news article provides details on the why and/or how.)

2. a) What is an alderman?
b) Define ordinance.

3. How do aldermen Burke and Beale explain the goal of their proposed ordinance?

4. What statistics do the alderman use to support their proposal?

5. How does Chicago’s deputy transportation commissioner refute the aldermen’s assertion?

6. For what reasons is Ald. Brendan Reilly opposed to the proposed ordinance? Be specific.

7. What other cities have passed similar bans on texting while walking?

8. With whom do you agree: Aldermen Burke and Beale or Alderman Reilly? Explain your answer.