The Evening Rush for Friday, Jan. 10, 2014

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Chicago has already spent half its snow budget for 2014

It took just 10 days for Chicago to burn through half of its annual snow removal budget for 2014 — $11.2 million. That includes $7.2 million worth of salt spread in the streets. Despite the expensive efforts, complaints are piling up about the slushy state of side streets throughout the city. [Sun-Times | Sloppy side-streets]

Former alderman sentenced to 10½ years

Former Ambrosio Medrano was sentenced to 10½ years in prison in a bribery scheme that lived up to the city’s unofficial motto, “Where’s mine?” [Sun-Times]

Ventra meets benchmarks

No, seriously. [Sun-Times]

Lawmakers want to ban former gang members from prison jobs

This comes after a Sun-Times investigation found a former gang member making six figures despite being found unfit to work. [Sun-Times]

21 years later, murder charges dropped

Prosecutors dismissed murder charges against an Uptown man who has spent the last 21 years behind bars. [Sun-Times]

Michael Jordan’s college diploma up for auction

You’d think he would want to hold on to this, but alas. [Voices]

America’s best beer bars

Five Chicago institutions made Draft magazine’s annual list. Where are we going for happy hour? [DNAinfo Chicago]

NFL’s most feared players

ESPN polled 320 players to find who they fear the most in the league. [ESPN]

How the world will end

No doomsday prophecies or zombie predictions here. It’s a very scientific look at how Earth will literally end. [Washington Post]

The Bright One

Could the Obama presidential library land in Manhattan? Lynn Sweet reports on Columbia University’s push. [Sun-Times]

Commute

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

And finally

In the wake of this week’s terrible weather, a Chicago video editor has given us this amazing Chicago/Star Wars mashup. [Voices]

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