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Welcome to the Reader's morning briefing for Thursday, August 3, 2017.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel slammed Governor Bruce Rauner today for shooting down a school funding bill that includes $250 million for Chicago Public Schools. Yesterday the governor, as promised, used an amendatory veto to block several provisions, including a measure intended to rectify statewide funding inequities through a rewrite of the formula that determines the amounts schools are allotted. "Rewriting the school formula was a product of the governor's commission, which is why the governor agrees with 90 percent of it. You can't then just want to veto it because of a pique of anger," Emanuel said. "There's only one way to explain what the governor did. . . . He is governing through anger." The mayor predicted that lawmakers would choose "loyalty to kids over loyalty to the governor" and once again vote to override Rauner, saying, "Democrats and Republicans will go around the governor just like in Washington they're now going around the president." [Sun-Times]
Health insurance companies want to "raise rates by up to 43 percent for Illinois customers who receive health care coverage under the Affordable Care Act," the Sun-Times reports. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois, which covers nearly 310,000 of the 351,000 state residents who have insurance through the ACA, anticipates rate increases averaging 38.2 percent on its BlueCare Direct plans; Cigna, which covers nearly 27,000 residents, wants a 37.7 percent increase; and Health Alliance Medical Plans, which covers central and downstate Illinois, is proposing a hike of 43.1 percent. Insurers point to the rising cost of medical services and prescription drugs as well as to the uncertainty of the health care system under the Trump administration as factors behind the price surge. State officials can push for changes in the proposals before new rates go into effect January 1, 2018, but don't have the power to accept or reject them. [Sun-Times]
A judge has issued arrest warrants on charges of first-degree murder for Wyndham Lathem, 42, and Andrew Warren, 56, in connection with the recent stabbing death of 26-year-old Trenton H. James Cornell-Duranleau. According to Chicago Police Department spokesman Anthony Gugliemi, Lathem, an associate professor of microbiology and immunology at Northwestern, appears to have been living with the younger man; the connection to Warren, a senior treasury assistant at Oxford's Clarendon College, is not known. Both "are considered armed and dangerous, and police are urged to 'use extreme caution,'" according to CBS Chicago. Cornell-Duranleau was found dead in Lathem's apartment in River North's Grand Plaza, at 540 N. State, last week. An autopsy conducted by the Cook County Medical Examiner's office determined that he died of multiple stab wounds. [Sun-Times] [CBS Chicago]
German soccer star Bastian Schweinsteiger has "immersed himself" in the city since joining the Chicago Fire on a one-year contract in late March, the New York Times reports. He's a regular at the beach and lakefront, and enjoys being more anonymous than he was while playing for FC Bayern Munich and Manchester United, though the midfielder, a hero in Germany's 2014 World Cup championship, has thrown the first pitch at a Cubs game. "Of course, when I touch down in Germany and I'm close to my parents' house, you feel like you grew up there, you were born there. You always say, 'That's my home.' But I always say that Chicago is my home place now," Schwinsteiger, told the Times. "You have your spots. You just have to find them." [New York Times]
The best shows during Lollapalooza frequently take place outside of Grant Park, and this year is no exception. On Monday the Foo Fighters announced a surprise Friday-night aftershow at the Metro, where they last played in 2011. Tickets were sold out by Tuesday morning. The Metro will also host Lolla aftershows headlined by Arcade Fire, Blink-182, and Spoon this weekend. [Consequence of Sound][DNAinfo Chicago]