The Evening Rush for Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014

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Gov. Quinn’s State of the State

Gov. Pat Quinn used his State of the State speech Wednesday as a platform for his 2014 re-election bid by calling for a hike in the minimum wage, touted his pension-reform efforts and repeatedly stressed that “Illinois is making a comeback.”

In laying out the broad parameters of his spring legislative agenda and a glimpse of his platform for a second full term, Quinn evaded what promises to be the most dominant issue in this year’s campaign cycle: what to do about the temporary state income tax increase that expires in January. [Sun-Times | Word Cloud]

Chicago plows through snow removal budget

A month into 2014, Chicago has just $5 million left in its $20.5 million snow removal budget. [Sun-Times]

Hadiya’s murder still resonates

It has been one year since the 15-year-old was shot and killed in a South Side park. [Sun-Times]

Google sells Motorola Mobility

Almost two years after buying Motorola, Google is selling the unit to Lenovo. [Voices]

Plan for Sunday morning booze goes dry

An avalanche of opposition has stalled one alderman’s plans to sell liquor at 8 a.m. on Sundays. [Sun-Times]

3 inches of snow shuts down Atlanta

The images floating around are reminiscent of when Lake Shore Drive shut down, only with 20 less inches of snow. [Voices]

Iconic bar could become parking lot

The 119-year-old building that housed Marie’s Rip Tide Lounge is gone, and residents are left wondering what comes next. [DNAinfo Chicago]

The ultimate first world problem

There is a growing debate on how to properly train butlers. [Wall Street Journal]

The Bright One

Brian Urlacher dishes on Cutler, Lovie Smith and all things Bears. [Sun-Times]

Commute

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

And finally

It’s not a good idea to heckle Blackhawks fans at the United Center. [Chicago Magazine]

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Dozens of refugee students, parents and faculty gather at a Ukrainian Village school to commemorate with songs and prayers for peace Russia’s invasion of their “beautiful country.”