The Evening Rush for Monday, Jan. 13, 2014

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Rauner’s $250K thank you

After his daughter was admitted to Walter Payton College Prep, Bruce Rauner, who’s now seeking the Republican nomination for governor, became one of the elite Chicago public high school’s biggest benefactors. The Rauner Family Foundation gave $250,000 to the Payton Prep Initiative for Education on Dec. 14, 2009 — about a year and a half after Rauner called then-Chicago Public Schools CEO Arne Duncan to overturn his daughter’s rejection for admission, records examined by the Chicago Sun-Times reveal. And on Monday, Kirk Dillard went on the attack, asking, “What Chicago child was not let in to Walter Payton High School that had that advantage that Bruce Rauner’s daughter or anybody else’s daughter might have after going to such a great high school?”

[Sun-Times] [Voices]

The $16 million drunk driving tab

Chicago will spend at least $16 million to compensate victims of a 2011 accident caused by a drunken city laborer who plowed his city truck into a crowd of pedestrians. [Sun-Times]

Babygate 2014

Would you take a crying baby to Alinea for a $235 meal? One couple did. And of course, the baby already has its own Twitter feed, which is a real scream. [Sun-Times] [Poll] [Twitter]

In Tucker they trust

By bringing back defensive coordinator Mel Tucker, Rick Telander says Bears GM Phil Emery and head coach Marc Trestman have put their own reputations on the line. [Sun-Times]

God will understand

A pastor in Butte, Mont., who is a huge 49ers fan, held a one-minute service Sunday so he could be home in time for the kickoff against the Panthers. [Deadspin]

The world, in 40 different maps

It’s one giant world history lesson in one blog post. [The Washington Post]

Coming soon to the United Center

Derrick Rose is off his crutches and it’s only a matter of time before he’ll be cleared to sit on the bench. Again. [Sun-Times]

Saving Detroit’s art collection

Multiple philanthropic foundations are pooling together $300 million to preserve the Detroit Institute of Art’s renowned collection, which could otherwise be sold off during the city’s bankruptcy proceedings. [New York Times]

Lab tested, owners approve

Labrador retrievers are the dogs of choice in Chicago, according to data from the City Clerk’s Office. [DNAinfo Chicago]

It’s all about product placement

If you’re starting a save-the-animals campaign, is there any better place to erect a giant billboard than across from a butcher shop? [Voices]

Who wore what

In case you missed it, here’s a rundown of the best dressed celebrities during last night’s Golden Globes. [Splash]

The Bright One

Stop singing in the shower and just go try out for “The Voice” in Rosemont. [Voices]

Commute

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

And finally

This guy has no butt crack, which means he’d make a perfect plumber. [Daily Dot]

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