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Governor Bruce Rauner's reelection campaign has released a list of his top ten accomplishments as governor, including "historic education funding reform" as the year's proudest moment. The ongoing Amazon second headquarters bid, vetoing the "Madigan tax hike," and "creating clean energy jobs" all were included on the list. Despite Rauner's boasting, it's been a rough year for the governor, who appears to have made enemies on both the right and the left. [Sun-Times]
The city of Chicago will pay "$20 million to settle a code-of-silence lawsuit brought by the families of two young men killed in a fiery drunken driving crash caused by an off-duty police detective," according to the Tribune. Former Chicago police detective Joseph Frugoli had a blood alcohol level of 0.328 percent when he hit Andrew Cazares's car in 2009, killing Cazares and Fausto Manzera. [Tribune]
Cook County commissioner and former mayor candidate Jesús "Chuy" García has a 46-point lead in the Democratic primary to replace Congressman Luis Gutierrez, according to a new poll by Public Policy Polling. García has the support of 53 percent of voters, while his closest opponent, 35th Ward alderman Carlos Ramirez-Rosa, has the support of 7 percent of likely Democratic voters in the Fourth Congressional District. [NBC Chicago]
Chicago is the best major American city to celebrate Christmas in, according to a study by WalletHub. The 100 most-populated cities in the U.S. were rated on their "traditions & fun," observance, generosity, costs, and shopping opportunities. Venues like the Christkindlmarket, ice skating rinks at Millenium Park, the Park at Wrigley, Maggie Daley Park, and decorations around the city helped push Chicago over the edge. San Francisco, Pittsburgh, and New York City rounded out the top four. [CBS Chicago]
Legendary comedian Chris Farley passed away unexpectedly from a drug overdose on December 18, 1997. The Saturday Night Live star was found in his apartment in the John Hancock Center. A friend from his college days at Marquette University, Jack Graham, hosted a memorial celebration a couple of weeks before the 20th anniversary of Farley's death. "He was kind of an innocent kid with this lack of self-confidence but really he was a dichotomy between that and the fearlessness of doing his job," Graham said. "We're all still pinching ourselves that we got to know him like we did." [Sun-Times]
Korean chicken-wing chain Bonchon is planning to open its second Chicago location in Wicker Park at 1732 W. Division. The South Korea-based chain opened its first Chicago location in Chinatown over the summer. [Eater Chicago]