Here are some of the stories that caught our attention during the work day.

The Evening Rush for Monday, March 25, 2013

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The must-read news stories for March 25, 2013: Gay marriage, Koschman files reappear, and the IRS' Star Trek snafu

People line up to snag a space for the SCOTUS oral arguments on two gay marriage cases // AFP PHOTO/Nicholas Kamm/Getty Images

SCOTUS on Gay Marriage
Tomorrow is a big day in the U.S. Supreme Court as the justices will hear arguments pertaining to two big gay marriage cases: California's Prop 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act. (Among the attendees at the oral arguments will be the lesbian cousin of Chief Justice John Roberts.) Meanwhile, here in Illinois, supporters of the bill legalizing gay marriage are hopeful they'll soon amass the necessary votes to pass the measure through the State House, sending the bill to Gov. Quinn who has promised to sign the bill into law. Over the weekend, Wilco's Jeff Tweedy wrote an op-ed supporting passage of the bill, joining other Chicago pop culture heavyweights Ernie Banks and Richard Dent in voicing support. And while it's still going to take a battle to get the bill through, it seems the State House is closing in. [SCOTUSBlog, SacBee, Windy City Times, Sun-Times]

The "missing" Koschman files
Our Watchdogs are back with more details on a mystery in the Koschman case, specifically on some files, which painted Daley nephew Richard J. Vanecko in a more aggressive light, that went missing for a time before magically reappearing. Just more shenanigans in a case overflowing with them. [Sun-Times]

Snow big deal
Grow a pair, Downstate Illinois. [CBS 2]

Standing ground
The NRA's grand Poobah Wayne LaPierre appeared on NBC's "Meet The Press" yesterday during which he called out the media's bias on its coverage of gun violence and used Chicago's high gun murder rate as an example. Meanwhile, his own organization was busy making robocalls to residents of Newtown, Connecticut so there's that. [NBC, Sun-Times]

Headaches of the road
If you thought that Wells St. Bridge construction was tough, you ain't seen nothing yet. [Sun-Times]

Another factor in the city's geographically uneven murder rate? The lack of trauma centers on the South Side. [In These Times via Gapers Block]

Mo' pensions, mo' problems
Illinois' pension issue is even worse now. [Crain's]

Ari Emanuel isn't happy that NBC's Brian Williams bothered to ask him a few questions that weren't easy softballs. [Chicago Mag]

To boldly go...
Now the IRS is in trouble for spending $60,000 on a "Star Trek" parody for a training video. But the most egregious thing about the video is that while it includes Spock, the participants are clearly wearing the Starfleet uniforms from The Next Generation era incarnation of the series. Jeez. [Tribune, The Video Itself]

Former Bears DT Anthony Adams has retired and had fun doing so with his goodbye press conference. [Deadspin]

Kane drain
For some reason, the state of the D-Rose Saga has reached such heights that people apparently care what Patrick Kane thinks of the whole thing. [ESPN]

Hare Jordan
Michael Jordan is getting married again and his wedding guests have been warned to shut it on details. That means you, Bugs Bunny. [Sun-Times, Space Jam]

The Bright One
On the beginning of the Jewish holiday of Passover, Neil Steinberg wonders if your dog is ready. [Sun-Times]

Sudoku; Weather; Traffic; CTA; Metra; Flight delays

And finally
NPR looks at the fun website Where's George, which tracks the path of $1 bills across the country and confirms the old saying, "All dollar bills go through Polekatz." [NPR]

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