Bruce Rauner announces he'll run for governor in 2018, and other Chicago news


Illinois governor Bruce Rauner speaks to reporters in June. - LOU FOGLIA/SUN-TIMES
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  • Illinois governor Bruce Rauner speaks to reporters in June.

Welcome to the Reader's morning briefing for Wednesday, June 22, 2016.

  • Weather: Severe weather

There's a chance of severe storms Wednesday evening, including hail, a big downpour, and possibly even a tornado. It will be cooler, with a high of 76 and a low of 70. [AccuWeather]

  •      Bruce Rauner will run for reelection in 2018

Governor Bruce Rauner hasn't made a splashy announcement yet, but  he told the Tribune editorial board Monday that he'll run for governor again in 2018. Rumors have been circulating that Democrats Chris Kennedy, the son of former U.S. attorney general Robert F. Kennedy, and Senator Dick Durbin may also be interested in running. [Sun-Times]

  •     Hamilton tickets are already being resold for up to $8,000

Tickets for the Chicago production of the hit Broadway musical Hamilton are the most coveted in town, and they're already on the secondary market at astronomical prices. Individual tickets went on sale Tuesday morning, causing hundreds of people to line up outside PrivateBank Theatre's box office in the Loop, and sending even more people to their laptops and Ticketmaster's website. Tickets quickly appeared on StubHub for as much as $8,000. [DNAinfo Chicago]

  •    Cullerton blames Chicago Public Schools funding crisis on Rauner

Illinois senate president John Cullerton told parents at Coonley Elementary that Governor Bruce Rauner is the chief obstacle to CPS solving its funding crisis. His explanation didn't go over very well—Coonley parents quickly blamed Cullerton for being a part of the Springfield dysfunction. "It just feels like there is a lot of finger-pointing at Governor Rauner, who is a very easy target to point fingers at—his ideas are radical, as far as I'm concerned. But you guys have been there when this problem was coming," parent Julie Greenberg said at the meeting. [Sun-Times]

  •     Robert DeNiro was in town to break ground on a West Loop hotel

If you pay close attention to pop culture, you've probably heard of the famous Nobu restaurants in Malibu and New York City. The Japanese franchise is planning to open its first Chicago outpost in the form of a 103-room hotel and restaurant in the West Loop. Actor Robert De Niro, a Nobu partner,  joined Mayor Rahm Emanuel to break ground on the project Monday. Despite the star-studded introduction, Nobu is still facing some hurdles from the city. [Eater Chicago] [Curbed Chicago]

  •     Rahm's new Airbnb plan will let precincts "opt out of" the service

Home-sharing app Airbnb has been a source of controversy for the mayor and the City Council—many residents are concerned about people renting out houses and apartments to strangers in their neighborhoods. Now Emanuel is proposing a "precinct-based process" that would let voters choose whether to allow Airbnb rentals in their area, according to the Sun-Times. [Sun-Times

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