No explosives found in suspicious package at Blue Line stop
BY MICHAEL LANSU AND CHERYL V. JACKSON Staff Reporters
Portions of the Kennedy Expressway and multiple Blue Line CTA train stops were closed for at least two hours Monday night when a suspicious package was discovered at the Blue Line's Addison stop on the Northwest Side.
The briefcase, which was discovered at the CTA platform at 6 p.m., did not contain explosive materials, said John Escalante, Area 5's deputy chief of patrol.
Wires were seen sticking out of the small suitcase, according to dispatch reports.
Dispatch reports also indicated police investigated a nearby parked car in the vicinity of the 3600 block of West Addison. Escalante did not mention the vehicle.
As a precaution, Illinois State Police closed the Kennedy in both directions until 8 p.m. The Addison ramps remained closed late Monday while the Chicago Police Bomb & Arson unit continued their investigation.
CTA spokeswoman Wanda Taylor said initially, trains were not stopping at stations beyond Belmont.
Later Monday, Blue Line trains were operating but not stopping at the Addison station, Taylor said. Instead, shuttle bus were taking passengers around the affected area.
The Blue Line Addison stop runs along the Kennedy.