The Evening Rush for Wednesday, October 2, 2013

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Rahm’s budget battle

If the federal government shutdown isn’t bad enough for you, take a peek at Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s 2014 budget. Fran Speilman got a look at it before Emanuel unveils his final version to the City Council on Oct. 23. Besides a 90-day hiring freeze, Emanuel also is proposing job cuts, all of which will result in the city still having a budget gap of more than $330 million. Of course, this is all small beans compared to the apocalypse that faces the city in the coming years thanks to a lack of pension reform, which could see that budget gap balloon to more than $1 billion by 2016. So soak it up, Chicago; these could be the good days. [Sun-Times, Crain’s]

Defending Obama

Not that Emanuel stayed out of the shutdown fray, offering a fiery defense of his former boss and the Affordable Care Act while taking plenty of shots at the GOP. [Sun-Times]

Shutdown talk

Speaking of the shutdown, President Barack Obama has summoned top lawmakers to his office of ovular shape to see if a compromise can be HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA no. [WaPo]

Moratorium on the moratorium?

Even though CPS said it would have a moratorium on closing schools, it looks like they’re trying to figure out a way around that moratorium to . . . still close schools. [Sun-Times]

Phone roam

Toni Preckwinkle is going after the phone service provider of the Cook County Jail. [WBEZ]

Tears for Ty

Beanie Babies billionaire Ty Warner got a little choked up today when he pleaded guilty to tax evasion charges. [Sun-Times]

Bopping

A look at “bopping,” a real dance craze that’s sweeping the South Side, is not controversial like twerking, and is pretty awesome. [The Reader]

Oh, no, Harpo!

Harpo Inc., Oprah’s company, is looking into selling its West Side campus. [Sun-Times]

RIP

RIP author Tom Clancy, who died yesterday. [N.Y. Times]

Thug life

The Bears-Lions rivalry just got a little spicy thanks to Lions’ vice chairman Bill Ford, who referred to some Bears players as “thugs.” [Sun-Times]

Everybody loves the Hawks

The Blackhawks opened the season with a banner raising and a win over the Caps, all to the tune of record television ratings. [Voices]

The Bright One

Neil Steinberg continues his Divvy Diaries, documenting his adventures around the city on a Divvy bike. [Voices]

Commute

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

And finally

This Transformers-looking mask gives you superpowers. Or something. [MNN]

The Latest
Assistant Principal Rickey Harris takes over the prestigious Near West Side school. Harris has served two stints at Whitney Young, his first from 2006 to 2010 as the school’s dean of students before returning in 2020.
The police department already has been criticized for boasting about minor progress rather than staying on track to meet deadlines.
The bottom line for some local street vendors is to keep money coming in. “This is my way of staying above water,” one seller said.
Vincente Antunez was found dead at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday in the 7300 block of North Rogers Avenue, according to Chicago police.
He was taken to Stroger Hospital, where he was listed in good condition, Chicago police said.