The Must List for Tuesday, May 27, 2014

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Plan for city gun shops would limit sites, require sales be taped

Mayor Rahm Emanuel is proposing a far-reaching ordinance that would keep gun stores out of most parts of the city and require them to videotape every sale to deter customers from buying firearms for crooks. The ordinance is a response to a federal judge’s ruling in January that Chicago’s longtime ban on gun stores was unconstitutional.

City Hall slow to replace lost trees, backlog growing

Five stumps. That’s all that’s left of the ash trees that towered over the parkway, shading the corner house on Chicago’s Northwest Side where Richard Pietrusiewicz and his family have lived for 23 years.

Madigan: Tax extension dead, middle-of-the-road budget on deck

House Speaker Michael Madigan on Monday declared an extension of the 2011 temporary income tax increase dead for the spring and said House Democrats are preparing a “middle-of-the-road budget” that eases up on spending cuts that were part of a failed budget blueprint last week.

State’s share of video-gaming pot shrinks for first time in April

There’s no such thing as a sure bet. Not even when it comes to Illinois’ burgeoning video gaming industry. 

Madigan bid to shift control of state Lincoln museum advances

The push by House Speaker Michael Madigan to shift control of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum advanced in the House on Monday amid questions about the speaker’s friendship with a pair of key players in the last-minute, fast-moving policy debate.


Obama leads country in celebrating Memorial Day (Early & Often)

A short list of reasons we shouldn’t want the Lucas Cultural Arts Museum (Chicago Reader)

Why is Burwell sailing to confirmation? (The Hill)

Someone Just Spent $1.5 Million on a GOP Senate Candidate. We’ll Probably Never Know Who. (Mother Jones)

Victim’s Father Goes Off on ‘Idiots’ in Congress: ‘Have We Learned Nothing’ Since Newtown? (Mediaite)

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