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Politico: Illinois is ‘America's failed state,’ and other Chicago news

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Mayor Rahm Emanuel listens in May as Governor Bruce Rauner announces that auto parts manufacturer Flex-N-Gate will open a new factory on the south side. - ASHLEE REZIN/SUN-TIMES
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  • Mayor Rahm Emanuel listens in May as Governor Bruce Rauner announces that auto parts manufacturer Flex-N-Gate will open a new factory on the south side.

Welcome to the Reader's morning briefing for Monday, June 12, 2017.

  • Politico: Illinois is "America's failed state"

The state of Illinois has been running without an operating budget for 712 days, and the Illinois General Assembly and Governor Bruce Rauner again failed to reach an agreement before the most recent deadline, May 31. "Illinois is operating in a way 49 other states would never try to operate," Laurence Msall, president of the nonpartisan Civic Federation, told Politico. "There is permanent damage that is being done that will take decades to repair." The state has $14.6 billion worth of unpaid bills, a $6 billion deficit, a $130 billion pension liability and a bond rating near junk. Politico explains how the crisis started as "ego-laden brawl" between Rauner and Democratic house speaker Michael Madigan and analyzes what the implications are for the 2018 gubernatorial race and the state's future. [Politico]

  • Rahm will allow the Cubs to build skyboxes if they invest more in security outside Wrigley Field

Mayor Rahm Emanuel will support the Chicago Cubs' plan for skyboxes at Wrigley Field if they invest more money in security for outside the ballpark. "It's time now to invest in the security around your field. You have a new plaza. You need a new plan for security," Emanuel said. "With all the type of development that's happening, we need to have a comprehensive, thorough security plan and all the infrastructure investments along with that security plan to meet a new facility that you've invested in. If we're gonna invest in skyboxes and the enhancements around skyboxes, we need to make sure that we have the enhancements around the security around Wrigley Field." [Sun-Times]

  • Puerto Rican nationalist Oscar López Rivera gets boos and cheers at New York's Puerto Rican Day Parade

Controversial Puerto Rican nationalist Oscar López Rivera drew cheers and boos from the crowd as he rode on a float in New York City's Puerto Rican Day Parade Sunday. The 74-year-old, who grew up in Chicago, was a member of Fuerzas Armadas de Liberación Nacional Puertorriqueña (FALN), which conducted bombings that killed more than six people in the 1970s and '80s in major cities including Chicago. He spent 35 years in prison before President Barack Obama commuted his sentence last year, and he's been celebrated with an honorary street sign in Humboldt Park. "He did not represent me," parade watcher Nanchelle Rivera told the Associated Press. [Associated Press via Tribune]

  • Student enrollment at DePaul decreases, university cuts 28 jobs

Student enrollment is declining at DePaul University. The school cut 28 nonfaculty full- and part-time staff jobs because of the loss of revenue. The cuts were made "to accommodate the budget deficit created by declining enrollments in some programs, a challenge faced by universities across Illinois," DePaul's Office of the Provost said in a letter. [DNAinfo Chicago]

  • Early Steppenwolf Theatre ensemble member Glenne Headly has died

Actress Glenne Headly passed away at the age of 62 Friday. Described as a "crucial force in the storied early years of the Steppenwolf Theatre Company," Headly spent six years acting in Chicago theater and was part of the "so-called second wave" of ensemble members at Steppenwolf, according to the Tribune. She also appeared in many movies and television shows. "Glenne was a very, very serious actor and one of the hardest-working people I've ever worked with," Steppenwolf artistic director Anna Shapiro told Variety. "She was a total perfectionist and she was obsessed with the science of acting comedy. . . . She would focus on what it was that made something true, and by that uncovering why it was funny." [Tribune] [Variety]

  • Funkenhausen will be a blend of southern barbecue and a German beer hall

Former Carriage House chef Mark Steuer, sous chef John Paul Johnson, and general manager Robert Diaz are teaming up again on a new restaurant, Funkenhausen, which is set to open in West Town in the fall. Funkenhausen will blend a German beer hall and French brasserie theme with southern barbecue. [Eater Chicago]


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