Bruce Rauner wants Quincy veterans' home to remain open after one-week stay, and other Chicago news | Bleader

Bruce Rauner wants Quincy veterans' home to remain open after one-week stay, and other Chicago news

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Governor Bruce Rauner at the Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy after a news conference Wednesday - PHIL CARLSON/THE QUINCY HERALD-WHIG VIA AP
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  • Governor Bruce Rauner at the Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy after a news conference Wednesday

Welcome to the Reader's weekday news brief

  • Rauner finally leaves Quincy veterans' home, calls for water system upgrade

Governor Bruce Rauner left the Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy, where 13 people have died of Legionnaires' disease since July 2015, Wednesday after a week-long stay. Calls have been made for the home to be shut down, but rather than close the facility Rauner now says he will "leave no stone unturned" to renovate it, including replacing its water system to prevent another outbreak. "Let me be crystal clear, I do not support closing this facility. Period," Rauner said. "I would be delighted, I would be honored, proud—no hesitation whatsoever —to have any member of my family come and live here." The cost of replacing the plumbing, some of which is 80 years old, is estimated at $25 million at least. [Sun-Times]

  • How local "Dreamers" are planning ahead while Congress decides their fate

Local undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children and were allowed to get work permits under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program are in limbo as Congress and the White House decide their future. There are more than 35,600 DACA recipients in Illinois, according to the Tribune. "I try to be optimistic and hopeful, but part of me is like, I don't know. I'm not too confident," college student and DACA recipient Zwamy Vazquez said. "We have a plan in case someone gets deported (to Mexico). My dad wants to make sure everything is taken care of with the kids and the bank accounts." [Tribune]

  • Obama Presidential Center unveils new design, hopes for a better  reception from the neighborhood

The Obama Foundation says it's been listening to neighbors' concerns about the Obama Presidential Center and has unveiled a new design plan based on community input. The most noticeable change made by the Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects firm is a taller main tower. Apart from that, the updated design of the whole Jackson Park center "seeks to better harmonize with its historic Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux-designed surroundings and better respond to concerns raised by both residents and open space activists," according to Curbed Chicago. [Curbed Chicago]

  • Wisconsin is actively trying to lure millennials away from Chicago in new ad campaign

The state of Wisconsin has launched a new ad campaign to lure "disillusioned" local millennials away from Chicago and into Wisconsin. Expect to see the ads in el trains, bars, gyms, online, and in other locations where millennials sick of Chicago's long commute times and relatively high cost of living might congregate. "We know from research that millennials in the Chicago market have told us their pain points are commute times and cost of living," Tricia Braun, the chief operating officer of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, said. "I think they will find a difference in those two aspects of quality of life." [Tribune]

  • Missing Waukegan teen found dead in pool

The body of missing 18-year-old Lucio Cambray was found in a residential swimming pool in Waukegan. Cambray had been missing since Christmas Day, and his body was found in the pool of a home where an 18-year-old woman was killed in a fire December 4. [NBC Chicago]

  • Steak 'n Shake might open its first Chicago location in University Village

Popular retro diner chain Steak 'n Shake is looking into opening its first Chicago location in University Village. The Indianapolis-based chain, which has numerous locations in the suburbs and in downstate Illinois, is interested in taking over a former Jamba Juice location at 1322 S. Halsted Street near the University of Illinois at Chicago campus. [Eater Chicago]


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