The Evening Rush for Friday, Jan. 31, 2014

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Richard “R.J.” Vanecko arrives at the Cook County courthouse in Rolling Meadows on Friday. | Tim Boyle/For Sun-Times Media

R.J. Vanecko pleads guilty to the killing of David Koschman

Richard J. “R.J.” Vanecko, a nephew of former Mayor Richard M. Daley, stood before a judge Friday and admitted he was guilty of causing the death of David Koschman nearly a decade ago.

Judge Maureen P. McIntye accepted Vanecko’s guilty plea and ordered him to spend 60 days in jail, followed by 60 days of home confinement with electronic monitoring.

Koschman’s mother, through tears, told the judge: “I have a little peace of mind. I know I got a little justice for David.” [Sun-Times]

Up to 10 inches of snow coming this weekend

Sorry. [Sun-Times]

Rutherford charges Rauner behind allegations

Dan Rutherford contended Friday that his opponent, Bruce Rauner, paid an attorney who demanded $300,000 from him on behalf of a Rutherford employee making allegations against him. [Sun-Times]

Keystone XL pipeline moves forward

A State Department’s final report found the pipeline will have no significant environmental impact. [Huffington Post]

Drink & Ink

The owner of Uptown’s Tattoo Factory plans to open a bar next door. What could go wrong? [DNAinfo Chicago]

Surviving a Super Bowl party

“It’s Super Bowl weekend, which means, if you’re not a helpless wallflower OR a degenerate drunkard that no one wants around, you’ve likely been invited to a party.” [Death and Taxes]

Watch some of the best Super Bowl commercials

Spoiler alert! [Voices]

Taj Gibson on the trading block?

For a team with big dreams for their roster moving forward, no one on the Bulls roster is safe. [Sun-Times]

The Bright One

The foundation that will oversee the competitive selection process for President Obama’s library and museum launched today. [Sun-Times]

Commute

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

And finally

31 hilarious Vine videos to get you through the end of the day. [Buzzfeed]

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