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The Evening Rush for Monday, June 9, 2014

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Quinn signs Chicago pension reform bill

Gov. Pat Quinn on Monday put aside his political differences with Mayor Rahm Emanuel and signed a Chicago pension reform bill that sets the stage for $250 million in tax increases over five years.

Quinn lifted the brick on the pension bill three days after signing legislation authorizing a 56 percent increase in Chicago’s telephone tax.

The phone tax bill gave Quinn political cover. [Early & Often]

More bad news for VA

More than 57,000 awaiting initial visits, audit shows. [Early & Often]

Guilty verdict

A tugboat captain and the family-owned business he worked for were both found guilty Monday of the negligent manslaughter of a crew member who died in a huge barge explosion in 2005. [Sun-Times]

Attackers wanted to ‘destroy all the planes’

Attack by Pakistani Taliban wanted to destroy that country’s aviation industry. [The Washington Post]

‘She called herself a ‘hitta'”

Teen girl believed to be gang assassin before she was gunned down. [Sun-Times]

Las Vegas shooters were loaded for long fight

Police say pair had arsenal, survival gear. [Las Vegas Review]

Next …

The world’s oldest man has died, so now Sakari Momoi is on the clock. [CNN]

Photos of the day

Natalie (left) and Heather Starr, with their daughter, Libby, say their vows in front of Rev. Roger Bertschausen on the steps of the Outagamie County administration building in Appleton, Wisconsin. They are the first same-sex couple to be married in the county. | AP

More firepower

Some local police departments are getting machine guns and grenade launchers. [Vox]

About that ‘Maleficent’ assault scene …

A vocal group of women are discussing what they describe as a rape scene in the movie. [Voices]

The Bright One

When “Calvin and Hobbes” creator Bill Watterson offers to draw, “Pearls” comic artist says yes, [Sun-Times]


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

And finally

One “Randy” guinea pig got into an all-female enclosure and knocked up 100 lucky ladies. [Voices]