Rauner calls the spring legislative session a 'stunning failure,' and other Chicago news

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Illinois house speaker Michael Madigan answers questions during a press conference on the final day of the spring legislative session. - JUSTIN L. FOWLER/THE STATE JOURNAL-REGISTER VIA AP
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  • Illinois house speaker Michael Madigan answers questions during a press conference on the final day of the spring legislative session.

Welcome to the Reader's morning briefing for Thursday, June 2, 2016.

  • Weather: A really beautiful day

Get outside, because Thursday will be sunny and gorgeous, with a high of 76 and a low of 60. [AccuWeather]

  • The state legislature's spring session was a bust without a budget 

The Illinois General Assembly's spring legislative session has ended with little progress on a number of key issues. The senate didn't listen to Governor Bruce Rauner's plea to pass a stopgap budget, nor did it pass Democratic leaders' opposing spending blueprint. The legislature couldn't even manage to come up with a resolution to fund elementary and secondary education. But senate president John Cullerton remains optimistic that a temporary budget agreement can still be reached. [Sun-Times]

  • Alderman Ed Burke's law firm is still doing a lot of work with city contractors

As the head of the City Council's Finance Committee, 14th Ward alderman Ed Burke is one of the most powerful men in the city—a plus for clients of his law firm. Klafter & Burke had 48 clients that did business with the city or other agencies of local government in 2015, according to the Sun-Times. The firm infamously helped GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump shave millions of dollars off his Chicago property tax bill for the Trump Tower. [Sun-Times]

  • Capturing the vibrancy of Rogers Park in photos

Rogers Park is the city's most diverse neighborhood. Photographer Joshua Lott has captured the community that he grew up in and resides in now through his This Is Rogers Park project. Chicago magazine is showcasing some of his favorite photos. [Chicago]

  • Recycling: You're probably doing it wrong

Recycling can be hard, we know. There are ten forbidden items that Chicagoans might be adding to their recycling that will turn the entire bin into garbage instead. To keep recycling out of the landfill, make sure to not add these items which can't be recycled or could clog the machines. [DNAinfo Chicago]

  • Steppenwolf's new bar and cafe is a "starting a small revolution"

The opening of the Steppenwolf Theatre Company's new bar and cafe is more important than it seems, argues Tribune theater critic Chris Jones— Front Bar is the first real bar and dining place at a "legitimate" Chicago theater. The spot gives theatergoers the chance to mingle with actors and other Steppenwolf VIPs. It's just one of artistic director Anna Shapiro's ideas to make the world-class theater more accessible to the community. [Tribune]


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