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Welcome to the Reader's morning briefing for Wednesday, November 29, 2017.
U.S. representative Luis Gutierrez won't run for reelection to Congress and is endorsing Cook County commissioner Jesus "Chuy" Garcia to succeed him. Gutierrez says he's not retiring and will continue to work on the issues he's passionate about: immigration, Puerto Rico relief, and social justice. "I'm not going to rule out any future office," he said Tuesday. "I'm not leaving. I want to engage." He chose former mayoral candidate Garcia because he'll be a "champion" for the same issues and will do a "good, incredible job" in Congress. "We must never allow fear and oppression to catch fire and guide our nation," Garcia said at the announcement. "We stand at a crossroads." [Sun-Times]
Many Chicago State University students are being housed in hotels after a pipe burst, leaving a dorm and the student union without heat or hot water. "When it became clear that heat and hot water would not be working in either the Residence Hall or the Student Union building, we immediately made plans to provide our residential students with warm, safe accommodations," interim CSU president Rachel Lindsey said in a statement. "Because this occurred over the weekend, we were able to ensure that students did not lose any class time." [Tribune]
A bakery on the northwest side lost 800 employees, about a third of its workforce, in a immigration raid, according to Bloomberg. Cloverhill Bakery, which is owned by Zurich-based Aryzta AG and makes baked goods for fast-food chains including McDonald's and supermarkets, got the employees without immigration documents from a staffing agency. "It's proceeding very, very slowly because it's like having a brand-new factory and a brand-new workforce," Aryzta AG chief executive officer Kevin Toland told analysts on a call. "That's presenting a lot of challenges, as you can imagine." [Bloomberg]
Democratic gubernatorial candidates J.B. Pritzker and Chris Kennedy released their tax returns to the public Monday. Billionaire businessman Pritzker made $15.979 million in 2016, $10.524 million in 2015, and $3.206 million in 2014. Kennedy, the son of the late senator and U.S. attorney general Robert F. Kennedy, made $1.336 million in 2016. Illinois state senator and fellow gubernatorial candidate Daniel Biss slammed Kennedy and Pritzker, saying releasing the tax returns months after they promised to raises questions about what they are "hiding from the people whose trust they are asking for." "J.B. Pritzker and Chris Kennedy pledged to release their tax returns, acknowledging that voters have a right to know how candidates make their money, what financial entanglements they may have, and how much they pay in taxes," Biss said in a statement. "Today both failed to live up to their promise. A short summary from only a year or two doesn't give a full picture—it only raises more questions." [Crain's Chicago Business]
Rick Steves is best known for his European travel show on PBS, but he's also a passionate advocate for marijuana legalization. Steves appeared in Chicago Tuesday to encourage Illinois lawmakers to support legislation that would legalize pot. "Seventy thousand people are locked up in our country every year, 700,000 people are arrested, for possession of marijuana, not violent crimes," he said. "They're not rich white guys, they're poor people and they're black people. It's amazing that it's happening in our country right now and there is just a way out of this." [ABC 7 Chicago]