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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

The Illinois General Assembly is back in session with little hope for a budget deal, and other Chicago news

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click to enlarge Republican state senators Jason Barickman, Karen McConnaughay, and Bill Brady ask for more time to continue negotiating a budget deal with senate Democrats during a news conference May 17. - AP PHOTO/JOHN O'CONNOR
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  • Republican state senators Jason Barickman, Karen McConnaughay, and Bill Brady ask for more time to continue negotiating a budget deal with senate Democrats during a news conference May 17.

Welcome to the Reader's morning briefing for Tuesday, May 30, 2017.

  • The Illinois General Assembly is back in session, but there's still no budget

Time is running out for the Illinois General Assembly and Governor Bruce Rauner to approve a budget by May 31, and there are few signs of progress. On Monday the house approved bills to increase penalties for repeat gun offenders, automatically register people to vote, and "protect immigrants in the face of a federal crackdown," the Tribune reports, but failed to address the state budget deadline. And last week Democrats in the state senate approved a budget blueprint last week that fails to include the property tax freeze Governor Rauner says he'll require not to veto any proposed legislation. "What good is it to pass a budget that doesn't go anywhere?" Democratic state rep Fred Crespo of Hoffman Estates told the Tribune. "Really the endgame should be, 'How do we keep government running to help the people we are supposed to help?' Whether it's at 100 percent, it's at 80 percent, it's at 50 percent. To me, that's the fundamental question that we are losing sight of. We are spending a lot of time on a budget that might not happen." [Tribune]

  • CPD superintendent Eddie Johnson expects to undergo a kidney transplant within a month

Chicago Police Department superintendent Eddie Johnson said on Friday that he's ready to undergo a kidney transplant within a month. "I'm ready to get it done and get back to work," Johnson said. Doctors are reportedly considering three potential donors, including Johnson's son. [DNAinfo Chicago]

  • Memorial Day violence decreases slightly from 2016, with six people killed and at least 44 wounded

Six people were killed and at least 44 were wounded in Chicago during Memorial Day weekend, but gun violence over the holiday was down somewhat by comparison with 2016, when 69 people were shot and six left dead. The Chicago Police Department added 1,300 extra patrol officers through early Tuesday. [Sun-Times]

  • Report: Two other buyers might be interested in buying the Sun-Times instead of Tronc

Tronc, the owner of the Tribune, had been expected to buy the Sun-Times and the Reader in what was thought to be a "done deal," but at least two other parties have since "shown interest" in purchasing the newspapers, according to Politico. "There are two who have contacted the guild. And there may be others who we haven't talked with," David Roeder, a consultant for the Chicago News Guild, told the news site. [Politico Illinois]

  • Rahm: Asking about Hillary Clinton in 2020 is "not a good question"

Mayor Rahm Emanuel told CNN anchor Dana Bash during a State of the Union appearance Sunday that her question about Hillary Clinton possibly running for president in 2020 was "not a good question." "The core question is not whether I think she would be a good candidate. It's whether she wants to run," Emanuel said. "But at the end of the day, the public is pretty smart. And if it's only going through the motions, they'll pick that up." Emanuel was a senior adviser to former president Bill Clinton's and served as chief of staff for former president Barack Obama. [the Hill]

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