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Rauner delivers his final State of the State address with an eye to November elections, and other Chicago news

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click to enlarge Governor Bruce Rauner delivers his State of the State address to a joint session of the Illinois General Assembly Wednesday. - RICH SAAL/THE STATE JOURNAL-REGISTER VIA AP
  • Rich Saal/The State Journal-Register via AP
  • Governor Bruce Rauner delivers his State of the State address to a joint session of the Illinois General Assembly Wednesday.

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  • Rauner tries a positive, bipartisan tone in State of the State address

Governor Bruce Rauner delivered his final State of the State address Wednesday, touching on "controversies that have been brewing in his administration and at the Capitol [and] striking a largely bipartisan note in the midst of a challenging re-election campaign," according to the Tribune. Rauner faces a primary challenge in March and a tough reelection battle in November, and he took the opportunity of the speech to plug his bid. "The state of our state today is one of readiness: readiness born of unprecedented frustration with our political culture, along with the firm belief that we have tremendous, but as-yet unrealized, economic potential," Rauner said. His Democratic challengers in the governor's race criticized his conciliatory efforts and promise to submit a balanced budget as too little, too late. [Tribune]

  • Poll shows that more than a third of likely Democratic gubernatorial primary voters are undecided

Democratic gubernatorial front-runner J.B. Pritzker still has the most support among his rivals, according to a new poll from We Ask America. Of 811 likely Democratic voters sampled between January 29 and 30, 29.79 percent support Pritzker, 17.43 percent support state senator Daniel Biss, and 11.5 percent support Chris Kennedy, the Sun-Times reports, with the rest of the candidates polling at less than 2 percent. But more than a third of voters, 37.95 percent, are still undecided with six weeks left until Election Day. Kennedy, a businessman, is the most popular candidate downstate, according to the poll. [Sun-Times


  • Cubs co-owner Todd Ricketts set to replace Wynn as RNC finance chair

Chicago Cubs co-owner Todd Ricketts is set to replace embattled casino mogul Steve Wynn as the finance chair of the Republican National Committee, according to CNN Politics. Billionaire Wynn resigned from the position over the weekend after numerous women accused him of sexual misconduct. President Donald Trump initially nominated Ricketts as deputy commerce secretary last year, but Ricketts had to withdraw. [CNN]

  • Report: Members of the CPD gang team stripped of police powers

Several members of the Chicago Police Department's Area Central gang team have had their police powers taken away as the FBI and CPD's internal affairs division investigated whether the officers were ripping off drug dealers, according to a Tribune report. A police sergeant and at least three officers have reportedly been stripped. [Tribune]

  • The 1997 Gold Coast murder of Lee Miglin revisited by American Crime Story

Real estate mogul Lee Miglin was brutally tortured and murdered by serial killer and gay escort Andrew Cunanan in his Gold Coast garage in May 1997, but law enforcement officials have never released a motive or any explanation for how the two men knew each other. There was no sign of forced entry into Miglin's mansion, and former Sun-Times crime reporter John Carpenter says he wouldn't be surprised if law enforcement was trying to protect the Miglin family by not releasing key details about the crime. Wednesday night's episode of the FX show American Crime Story focuses on Cunanan and his crimes, and will depict Miglin's murder in a way that might ignite controversy, especially among the Miglin family. Based on a book by Vanity Fair journalist Maureen Orth, the show portrays Miglin, 72, as a closeted gay man with a secret life that put him in contact with Cunanan. "Our writer, Tom Rob Smith, had to dramatize what we believe happened that weekend starting from the established facts of the crime scene," executive producer Brad Simpson said in a statement. "Based on the evidence, we believe that Lee and Andrew did know each other, and Andrew's attack, as with all his victims except for William Reese, was targeted and specific." [Sun-Times] [Town & Country]

  • Time Out names Chicago the world's best city "for having it all"

Chicago has been named the best city in the world "for having it all" based on a new survey conducted by Time Out. The publication surveyed 15,000 people in 32 global cities on food, drinks, happiness, and other elements determining quality of life, and the Windy City came out on top. Porto, Portugal, came in second, and New York City, Melbourne, and London rounded out the top five. [Time Out]


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