The Evening Rush for Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014

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Alderman takes on the rats

In light of the redevelopment of Children’s Memorial Hospital, Ald. Michele Smith (43rd) is pushing an ordinance requiring developers to take on a larger role in preventing the mass exodus of rats from construction sites.

“This would go a long way toward confining rodents and killing them on site before they can be a nuisance to the neighbors. Every neighborhood in the city suffers this with every project,” Smith said. “This is a hole in our regulatory scheme I hope we can close.” [Sun-Times]

The nominees are…

The 2014 Oscar nominations were announced this morning, and our Richard Roeper breaks them down. [Sun-Times | Movie trailers]

Blago prosecutor sets sights on Chris Christie

The lead prosecutor in Rod Blagojevich’s case has been tapped to head up the investigation into allegations of political payback in New Jersey. [Voices]

A history of industrial accidents in West Virginia

The chemical spill last week that affected 300,000 people is not the state’s first controversy. [National Geographic]

South Side Parade pre-party

Have you ever had a pre-party to raise money for your party? [DNAinfo Chicago]

Where do millionaires live?

You’d be surprised. For the record, Illinois has 270,414. [Wall Street Journal]

Jimmy Butler sets Bulls record

Jimmy Butler logged 60 minutes against the Magic, which I think makes him the new Thibodeau workhorse in the post Luol Deng era. [Sun-Times]

Billy Joel to play Wrigley

The Piano Man will hit the Friendly Confines in July. No word on if Clark the Cub will make an appearance. [NBC Chicago]

On digital hoarding

“I am a self-confessed digital hoarder; I never get rid of anything, unless it falls victim to tech failure.” [XOJane]

Cubs curse lifted

Rapper/actor Ice Cube declared it so while in town promoting his new movie. Here’s hoping. [Voices]

The Bright One

Chill out, Blackhawks fans, Januworry is almost over. So says Rick Morrissey. [Sun-Times]

Commute

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

And finally

Starting in August, fans will be able to legally stream all 530 episodes of The Simpsons. Woo hoo! [QZ]

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