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CTA President Richard Rodriguez has been going on radio talk shows and appearing at L stations to warn riders about cuts to the bus and rail systems coming Feb. 7. To balance the budget, the agency plans to cut 9 express bus routes, cut hours on 41 bus routes, and reduce service frequency on rail lines. To avoid the cuts, the CTA wants its labor unions to give back pay raises.

CTA Chair Terry Peterson has been complaining about the unions not coming forward with concessions that can help avoid both the cuts and more than 1,000 layoffs. The unions, meanwhile, complain that the CTA hasn't responded to its suggestions. To hear more about the issue, check out Craig Dellamore's "At Issue" on WBBM-AM 780 at 9:30 a.m. and 9:30 p.m. Sunday. Craig was kind enough to let me join him to fire some questions at the CTA heads.

In Woody Allen's futuristic comedy "Sleeper," Miles Monroe has some kind words for a car. What was the car, and what was the line?

On the run, Monroe and Luna Schlosser (played by Diane Keaton) discover a way to escape. Monroe says: "It's a 200-year-old Volkswagen!" (He starts the car.) "Wow, they really built these things, didn't they?"

Paul Lockwood of Woodstock got the right answer. If Paul can send me his address, I can send him his prize.

Last week, Chicago Aviation Commissioner Rosemarie Andolino let us know that full body-scanners are coming to O'Hare sometime in the first half of this year. The kind of body-scanners to be used will cost the Transportation Security Administration $190,000 each.

This article questions why we're spending all this money on new machines, when we could be spending it on greater intelligence weapons to find terrorists before they walk through the airport.

What do you think? Is all this new equipment a waste? Or do we need to do everything and anything to keep bad guys off the planes?

Carl Magee was a publisher who helped expose the Teapot Dome bribery scandal in the 1920s. He also is credited with the invention of the parking meter, which was first installed in Oklahoma City in 1935. Timothy Kohn of Chicago was the first with the right answer. Mr. Kohn, if you can send me your t-shirt size, I can send your prize.

I'll be talking with Paul Lisnek on WVON about new security measures at the airports and the invasion of the body scanners at O'Hare in the first half of this year. Check out the show at 3 p.m. Sunday at 1690 AM.

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