Welcome to the Reader's morning briefing for Friday, March 31, 2017. Have a great weekend!
Mayor Rahm Emanuel is proposing bringing food trucks to O'Hare and Midway International Airports. On Wednesday the mayor "introduced an ordinance that authorizes aviation commissioner Ginger Evans to establish areas at O'Hare and Midway where food trucks could remain without having to move every two hours, as is required on Chicago streets," according to the Sun-Times. A legal battle over the city's food truck laws has been going on for months (see the Reader's cover story this week), and alderman Proco Joe Moreno has already proposed an ordinance that would allow trucks to stay in the same location for six hours, tripling the current limit. [Sun-Times]
Illinois hasn't had a budget deal since the summer 2015, but the state hasn't entirely shut down. Judges' orders have kept open Illinois secretary of state facilities and other state-run operations during the budget impasse, according to WBEZ. The story has an interesting rundown of the specific legal actions to keep funding going for Medicaid, the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, and more. [WBEZ]
Many University of Chicago students and faculty are wondering why the school isn't doing more to stop hate speech and white nationalists on campus, according to DNAinfo Chicago. White supremacist groups have recently been recruiting and hanging posters on campus, which is alarming members of the university community who spoke out during a community forum. "I want to reassure you we are incredibly concerned about these incidents on campus," Regina Dixon-Reeves, the university's Assistant Vice Provost for Diversity and Inclusion, said at the event. "I am here to listen and hear the experiences you all have had and your suggestions." [DNAinfo Chicago]
The Illinois Republican Party hosted its yearly Governor's Dinner fund-raiser at the Hilton Chicago for Governor Bruce Rauner Thursday night. Tickets started at $500 and went up to $40,000. [Tribune]
The Morgan Park High School boys basketball team won the Illinois Class 3A championship this year, but the school can't afford to pay for the team's championship rings. Money from the school's basketball fund was used to travel to out-of-town games. Meanwhile, it costs thousands of dollars to buy the rings for the players, coaches, and managers, according to DNAinfo Chicago. People who are interested in donating can send a check to the boys' basketball program or drop it off with the school's business manager. [DNAinfo Chicago]
The Cubs' April 10 home opener is fast approaching, and Eater Chicago has a list of the best places to eat at Wrigley Field during the new season, plus where to find everything at the park. The Ricketts family keeps adding interesting options, from Pork & Mindy's to Hot Doug's, which will be returning to the bleachers this season. [Eater Chicago]