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Welcome to the Reader's morning briefing for Friday, December 1, 2017.
Governor Bruce Rauner has been named "the worst Republican governor in America" by prominent conservative magazine National Review. The magazine's December issue mocks Rauner's "biker" image with a caricature of the governor in a leather jacket with a crashed motorcycle behind him. Writer John J. Miller says Rauner betrayed conservatives by signing a controversial abortion bill and has failed to accomplish much in office. "The betrayal capped a season of defeats for conservatives, including an income-tax hike, a big bailout of Chicago's public schools, and turning Illinois into what critics of illegal immigration are calling a 'sanctuary state,'" he writes. "This much is clear: Illinois hardly could do worse. It suffers from one of the weakest economies in the nation, with the slowest personal-income growth, low labor-force participation, and distressing levels of manufacturing-job losses." [Sun-Times] [National Review]
Cook County commissioner and former mayoral candidate Jesus "Chuy" Garcia earned a coveted endorsement for his congressional campaign from Senator Bernie Sanders Thursday. It was a big boost for Garcia, who was an "important surrogate" for Sanders during his 2016 Democratic presidential bid, according to the Sun-Times. Incumbent congressman Luis Gutierrez is stepping down from his congressional seat and has endorsed Garcia as his successor. Sanders's support is important for Garcia for many reasons, including fund-raising and raising his profile nationally. [Sun-Times]
Billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk and the Boring Company are planning to submit a proposal to build the O'Hare express train from downtown to O'Hare International Airport. Building low-cost, fast tunnels to "solve the problem of soul-destroying traffic" is the Boring Company's self-described specialty. Mayor Rahm Emanuel already sent a team to meet with Musk in June to discuss the high-speed train. "It would be a tremendous investment, job creator and economic engine for the city that would pay dividends for decades ahead," Emanuel said. "They are very interested. And we're gonna have 'em now out to the city to explore further what we are doing and planning to see whether the tunnel approach is an alternative to the ones we've been discussing." [Sun-Times]
Stumptown Coffee, a favorite in Portland, Oregon, is set to open its first Chicago location Monday. The highly anticipated coffee shop is located in the Ace Hotel in Fulton Market. Stumptown has been selling its coffee in local grocery stores for a few years. [Eater Chicago]
The hit musical Hamilton has extended its Chicago run at the CIBC Theatre through September 2, 2018. Tickets for 18 weeks of performances from May through September 2, 2018, will go on sale December 5. [Playbill]