The Evening Rush for Wednesday, September 25, 2013

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Former Cook County Commissioner William Beavers was sentenced to six months and fined $10,000 Wednesday after being found guilty six months ago of tax evasion. | Ashlee Rezin/for Sun-Times Media

Six months in jail for Beavers

The self-proclaimed “hog with the big nuts” is going to the big house for six months and is being fined $10,000. William Beavers, former Cook County commissioner, was sentenced this morning in connection with his tax fraud convictions from earlier this spring. Never one to show weakness (clearly), Beavers said after the sentencing, “I don’t beg my woman. So you know I wouldn’t go beg the judge, all right?” [Sun-Times]

Student shot

A student is in good condition after being shot near Roosevelt High School just before 2:30 p.m. [Sun-Times]

Police officers win OT case

An independent arbitrator ruled that the Chicago Police Department must pay $1 million in overtime to 3,100 officers who worked last year’s NATO Summit. [Sun-Times]

Navy Yard footage

The FBI released footage of Aaron Alexis, the Navy Yard shooter, in the building just before the shooting. [FBI, Voices]


That attempt to privatize Midway that ultimately failed? It still cost the city $3.5 million. [Sun-Times]

Budget battle brewing

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) finally stopped talking and the Senate took up the House bill that now sets the stage for the government shutdown showdown. [WaPo]


Meanwhile, insurance premiums won’t be as high in many states as originally thought. [Story, Rates]

Touch, smouch

Your fingerprint security on your new iPhone? Yeah, not a problem for hackers. [Ars Technica]

Bear down

Sometimes, bears do listen to what we say. [Gawker]


Congrats to Steppenwolf regular Tarell Alvin McCraney and all of the other recipients of this year’s MacArthur Genius grants. [Sun-Times]

Second verse, same as the first

It’s going to be a long, dark, cold offseason for the Cubs. [Sun-Times]

KD likes DR

If Kevin Durant is to be believed — and he’s never given me a reason to NOT believe him — Derrick Rose is going to look better than ever this season. [ESPN]

The Bright One

Mark Brown looks at how a group of progressive charities are going to step up and help out groups who found their funding cut by the Catholic Church after they supported gay marriage. [Sun-Times]


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

And finally

Mapping Sasquatch sightings because that’s important. [NewsHour]

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