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The Evening Rush for Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013

The Blackhawks are back!

Where does the time go? The Blackhawks’ quest for a third title in five season gets underway tonight. The team is still young, still hungry, but has experienced plenty together. They’re prepared to handle the incredible — and perhaps unreasonable — amount of hype and expectations that are being heaped upon them. The puck drops at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports.

[Sun-Times | 5 keys to the season | Season predictions | Inside the Blackhawks]

Shut ‘er down

The federal government has shut down for the first time in 17 years. [Sun-Times]

Back and forth in Congress

This chart helps make sense of the ebb and flow over the government shutdown debate. [New York Times]

Obamacare markets open

Online health care exchanges across the country launched today, though they weren’t without opening-day glitches. [Sun-Times]

Port privatization still possible

Mayor Emanuel’s plan to privatize the nation’s largest inland cargo port is still afloat, aides say. [Sun-Times]

Murder after ‘Family Feud’

A Joliet Central security guard allegedly shot his wife to death hours after trying out for ‘Family Feud.’ [Sun-Times]

Northwestern hoses interns

Medill is considering asking employers to pay interns from the school minimum wage. Oh, and employers pay the school to place students. [ProPublica]

Chicago’s craft beer boom

It’s no secret that the city’s craft beer scene is one of the best in the country, but how are Chicago’s neighborhoods embracing it? With a hearty toast. [DNAinfo Chicago]

The next food revolution

Turns out we waste a lot of food. [Modern Farmer]

Why Mila Kunis loves Chicago

The actress gets it: great food, great music, great football. [Redeye Chicago]

The Bright One

Stephen Colbert explains how the government shutdown is like “Breaking Bad.” [Colbert Nation]


Sudoku; Weather; Traffic; CTA; Metra; Flight delays

And finally

A group of veterans from Mississippi arrived at the World War II Memorial in Washington D.C. the same day it was shut down because of the mess in Congress, but the vets didn’t let that stop them. [Slate]