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The Illinois house failed to override Rauner's veto of ‘right-to-work’ zone ban by one vote, and other Chicago news

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click to enlarge Lawmakers on the house floor of the Illinois State Capitol in Springfield - AP PHOTO/SETH PERLMAN FILE
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  • Lawmakers on the house floor of the Illinois State Capitol in Springfield

Welcome to the Reader's morning briefing for Wednesday, October 25, 2017.

  • The Illinois house failed to override Rauner's veto of "right-to-work" zone ban

On Wednesday the Illinois house "failed by just one vote to override Governor Bruce Rauner's veto of a bill that would prohibit local municipalities from enacting 'right-to-work' zones to get around unions—one of the governor's cornerstone issues," according to the Sun-Times. In order to override Rauner's veto, the house needed 71 votes but fell short by one, voting 70-42, a victory for the embattled governor. [Sun-Times]

  • Women want to open a dialogue about sexual harassment in the Illinois State Capitol

More than 150 women in the Illinois State Capitol, from lobbyists to lawmakers, have signed a letter detailing the sexual harassment they've experienced in Springfield political circles. The goal of the letter is start an open dialogue about the subject and help assure women it's OK to come forward. "The issue is this survives in silence. And there are a number of people who are tired of being silenced," said state senator Toi Hutchinson, who signed the letter. "Anytime you're talking about changing the culture around something it starts with robust conversation." [Sun-Times]


  • A Chicago priest blessed the Mandalay Bay hotel floor where Las Vegas shooter conducted massacre

Chicago-based Catholic priest Clete Kiley traveled to Las Vegas last week to bless the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel, where Stephen Paddock conducted the most deadly shooting in U.S. history October 1. Paddock shot 59 people to death and injured more than 500 at the Route 91 Harvest festival from a perch in his hotel room. "I felt surrounded by the mystery of evil," Kiley told the Sun-Times. He works for the UNITEHERE hotel workers' union, which had asked him to conduct the spiritual cleansing of the floor and Paddock's hotel room. "As we entered, everything seemed very still. I immediately noticed the windows the shooter had broken out which were now covered. The place on the floor was marked where he died. But there was no sign of blood. All the carpeting had been removed," Kiley said. "Then, I noticed the absolutely most stunning hotel room view you could imagine. I found there was no way to hold any of this together rationally. I kept saying this is just evil, raw evil." [Sun-Times]

  • Latino Caucus chairman: City Hall must hire more Latinos

City Hall must start hiring more Latinos as their population grows and stop "pandering" to them, alderman and Latino Caucus chairman Gilbert Villegas said Wednesday. "I'm talking about parity, no longer diversity, parity," he said. Latinos accounted for 29.7 percent of the city's population in 2016 but only hold between 15 through 17 percent of city jobs. [DNAinfo Chicago]

  • Planned River North skyscraper, One Chicago Square, would be the city's sixth tallest

JDL Development has unveiled its plans for a new skyscraper, One Chicago Square, at Chicago Avenue and State Street. With a total of 1.5 million square feet and a height of 1,011 feet, the tower project could cost more than $700 million. [Tribune]

  • Bottlefork set to close Sunday, just weeks after the chef departed

Bottlefork, which was a collaboration between Billy Dec's Rockit Ranch Productions and chef Kevin Hickey, is set to close October 29, according to Eater Chicago. Hickey left the River North restaurant in September after working there for more than three years. Dec is also considering selling Rockit Burger Bar in Wrigleyville, which has a prime location at 3700 N. Clark. "Knowing we'd have to focus our time, attention and resources on a much higher level to reach our growth and expansion goals meant we'd have to separate from a smaller venues/brands like Bottlefork, which wasn't producing much financially, no matter how much we and our guests loved it," Dec wrote in an e-mail to Eater Chicago. [Eater Chicago]


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