The Evening Rush for Thursday, December 5, 2013

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Feeling Blue

Hey, Blue Line riders, your commute is about to get a little complicated as the Blue Line undergoes $492 million in renovations to help cut up to 10 minutes off the trip between downtown and O’Hare. So about $49.2 million per minute. Plus? New 4G internet service will mean you can keep wired up on Facebook the whole time. Seems worth it to me! [Sun-Times]

Waste not, want not

The strange, twisted tale that’s not all that twisted after all — but still deadly — about yesterday’s missing radioactive waste in Mexico. [NBC News]


Chicago fast food workers joined a nationwide protest for higher wages. [Sun-Times]

Obama’s uncle

After initially denying the two had ever met, the White House is now admitting that President Barack Obama briefly lived with his uncle in the 1980s. [WaPo]

Bill now law

The controversial pension reform bill was signed into law today by Gov. Pat Quinn. It is slated to go into effect June 1, 2014, unless it gets derailed by a lawsuit. [Sun-Times]

Charter delay

Posting of CPS proposals for new charter schools has been delayed. [DNA Info]

Happy holidaze

Atheists and agnostics get their own display in Daley Plaza this year. [Sun-Times]

Yule of the road

It’s Christmas so you’re a terrible driver, says science. [CBS]

No go for Jay

While Jay Cutler practiced today, he’s been ruled out for Monday night’s game against the Cowboys. [Sun-Times]

What’s next?

The Bulls with or without Derrick Rose? That’s a real question we have to ask now. [Sun-Times]

The Bright One

Sneed on Blago’s holiday wish come true. [Sun-Times]


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

And finally

Today marks my final day at the Sun-Times before I head out west for a new job. But it’s been a thrill to bring you the Evening Rush every day since its inception back in February (with a little help along the way). The whole shebang is in good hands now with Brandon Wall. He’ll bring you the day’s headlines at the end of every work day with a unique perspective and some wit. As for me, it’s time to move on, it’s time to get going. Thanks for reading and here’s a baby monkey riding on the back of a pig. [YouTube]

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