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Illinois to borrow $6 billion to start paying its unpaid bills, and other Chicago news

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click to enlarge Legislators gather in the Illinois senate. - AP PHOTO/SETH PERLMAN FILE
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  • Legislators gather in the Illinois senate.

Welcome to the Reader's morning briefing for Friday, September 8, 2017. Have a great weekend!

  • Illinois to borrow $6 billion to start paying its numerous unpaid bills

Governor Bruce Rauner is planning to borrow $6 billion to start paying off Illinois's huge backlog of unpaid bills, and he wants to make more spending cuts. Democrats have been urging Rauner to borrow money as the interest piles up. "The legislature-passed budget did not account for the increase in debt service costs to cover the bill backlog bond issuance," Rauner said in a statement. "The governor's office is identifying several hundred million dollars in possible spending reductions to address this budgetary shortfall. The governor also would like the General Assembly to return to Springfield this fall to work with him to balance the budget and enact structural reforms that could save much more." [Tribune]

  • Emanuel pushing Amazon to locate its second U.S. headquarters in Chicago

Amazon wants to build a second U.S. headquarters in a city other than Seattle, and Mayor Rahm Emanuel is pitching Chicago to the Internet giant. Emanuel has spoken to Amazon founder Jeff Bezos about the new headquarters, which could bring as many as 50,000 jobs. "Chicago's unmatched workforce, world-class universities and unparalleled access to destinations throughout the world make it the perfect headquarters location for companies large and small," Grant Klinzman, a spokesman for the mayor, wrote the Sun-Times in an e-mail. "That's also why Chicago has led the nation in corporate relocations for the last four years." [Sun-Times]


  • Police and the CTA did not issue a public alert after a man was pushed onto el tracks

Ben Benedict was pushed onto the subway tracks by a stranger at the Washington Street Blue Line station in early August. Benedict survived the attack, and authorities were able to capture a picture of the assailant, who ran from the scene, from surveillance video. But despite circulating the picture among its officers, neither the Chicago Police Department nor the Chicago Transit Authority issued a public warning. "It was kind of surprising that nobody mentioned anything,'' Benedict told the Tribune. "That guy is probably still out there. And he might want to do it again. And if he needs help, we need to get him off the street." [Tribune]

  • Police officer shot in the line of duty nearly 30 years ago passes away

Chicago Police officer Bernie Domagala has passed away after a long battle with injuries he suffered when he was shot on duty nearly 30 years ago. "A part of Chicago was lost with the passing of Officer Bernie Domagala, who honorably served this department and the city he loved until he was critically wounded in 1988 while on-duty," Chicago Police Department first deputy superintendent Kevin Navarro said in a statement. "For nearly three decades he and his family bravely faced the challenges" posed by his condition. The Orland Park resident suffered traumatic brain injury when he was shot in the head during a hostage situation on the south side. [DNAinfo Chicago]

  • Chi-Town Rising won't ring in 2018

Chi-Town Rising helped the city ring in 2016 and 2017, but it won't be back for 2018. The New Year's Eve celebration along the Chicago River was broadcast nationally on NBC and drew 90,000 people in its first year, but failed to make a profit. [DNAinfo Chicago]

  • Chef Rick Tramonto is returning with Lettuce Entertain You's Booth One

Chef Rick Tramonto's Michelin-starred Tru restaurant will be closing in October, but he and Lettuce Entertain You are collaborating on a new spot. Tramonto will be a partner at the new Booth One restaurant in the Pump Room's old Gold Coast location in the Ambassador Chicago hotel (unable to secure rights to the name "Pump Room," LEYE named the new venture after its first booth, a favorite of celebrities). Tramonto will also be working with chef Doug Psaltis on the menu. [Eater Chicago]


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