Snow, jobs and the rest of the morning’s news

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1 Side-street fail

Everyone, and certainly every alderman, has a theory about why it’s taking the city longer than usual to clear the side streets. [Sun-Times]

2And you thought January was cold

December was the worst month for hiring in three years. [Sun-Times]

3 A look at anti-Rauner group

Steven Shearer, former chief of staff to U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock, says his new committee to raise money to combat Bruce Rauner’s gubernatorial run will be “1,000 percent transparent,” like his ex-boss’ shirt. [Sun-Times]

4 Rauner’s flip-flop-flip

A video making the rounds shows noted rich guy Bruce Rauner saying he “adamantly, adamantly” opposes raising the minimum wage in Illinois. Which is the opposite of what he said this week when he said the opposite of what he said last month. [Sun-Times]

5 In other wannabe-guv video news

Dan Rutherford released an upbeat, occasionally awkward video in which the former underage worker-turned-gubernatorial hopeful touts his dedication to job creation. [Sun-Times]

6 No utilities in Hammond rental

The Hammond apartment where three children died in a suspected space-heater fire had no electricity since March, no gas since April and no water since October. [Tribune]

7 Freed pleads

Block 37 developer Laurance Freed pleaded not guilty to federal fraud charges Thursday. Allegations stem from the redevelopment of the Goldblatt’s in Uptown that was partly funded with $6.7 million in TIF money. [Crain’s]

8 e.g., Peoria chestnuts

As Chicago’s supermarket wars rage around it, 19-year-old independent grocer HarvesTime Foods has managed to maintain its margins through strong relationships and a nimble product mix. [Grid]

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