Comptroller-elect Susana Mendoza won't pay state legislators until there's a budget, and other Chicago news | Bleader

Comptroller-elect Susana Mendoza won't pay state legislators until there's a budget, 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
  • JUSTIN L. FOWLER/THE STATE JOURNAL-REGISTER VIA AP
  • 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 Wednesday, November 16, 2016.

  • Weather: Sunny and nice

It will remain relatively warm Wednesday, with a high of 58 and a low of 50. It should be mostly sunny, with virtually no chance of rain. [AccuWeather]

  • Comptroller-elect Mendoza won't pay legislators until there's a budget deal

Comptroller-elect Susana Mendoza says she will stick to current comptroller Leslie Munger's policy of refusing to pay state legislators until they reach a much-needed budget deal. "I think that while I will continue the policy, it's not fair to say that politicians are not doing their jobs," she said. "While (passing a budget) is the most important aspect, they're doing a lot more than just that." [Politico]

  • Former alderman Ed Vrdolyak indicted for not paying income taxes

Former alderman Ed Vrdolyak, also known as "Fast Eddie," has been indicted for allegedly not paying income taxes on "tens of millions of dollars in fees he and another lawyer improperly collected as part of the multibillion-dollar tobacco settlements in the 1990s," according to the Tribune. It's not the first time the 78-year-old attorney has gotten himself into legal trouble. He was also sentenced to prison several years ago for his role in a kickback scheme. [Tribune]

  • Undocumented immigrants worry about their futures despite "sanctuary city" promise from Rahm

Mayor Rahm Emanuel has promised that Chicago will remain a sanctuary city and will not deport any undocumented immigrants no matter what president-elect Donald Trump threatens. But invited to speak at the mayor's press conference on the subject Monday, 21-year-old Mexican immigrant Luiz Gomez criticized both Emanuel and U.S. rep Luis Gutierrez for dividing the community by offering protections only to undocumented immigrants without criminal records. "We're in this crisis because of people like Rep. Gutierrez and Mayor Emanuel, who've endorsed a candidate [Hillary Clinton] who has alienated the working class, my community, through your stale neo-liberal policies," he said. [WBEZ]

  • Cook County sheriff wants to ax Illinois's cash-bond system

Cook County sheriff Tom Dart wants to abolish the state's cash bond system. He believes it's unfair that wealthier defendants can post bond  and stay out of jail until their trial, while poorer defendants are stuck in jail  awaiting trial. "Today we have about 200 people who need $1,000 or less to post bond," Dart policy official Cara Smith said. "Many of them have been in jail for some time. For them, there is no way of avoiding the 'oppressive' nature of the bond that has been set." [Sun-Times]

  • Cubs World Series fever spreads: Even Pope Francis has a Cubs cap

Cubs fever has spread to the Vatican. Chicago archbishop Blase Cupich gave Pope Francis a Cubs cap and baseball. "News of the @Cubs win reached all the way to the #Vatican," he wrote in a Twitter post with a picture of the Pope with his new Cubs gear. "@Pontifex can now celebrate with us and he asks for our prayers! #FlytheW" [DNAinfo Chicago]


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