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The Evening Rush for Tuesday, April 2, 2013

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The must-read news stories for April 2, 2013

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Capt. Kirk takes the lead for GOP on gay marriage
Citing his own change of mind following his stroke and the movie Lincoln, Illinois' Republican U.S. Senator Mark Kirk announced today that he has decided to back same-sex marriage, a move that will likely have a much bigger impact in Illinois than nationwide. Said Sen. Kirk: "Our time on this Earth is limited. I know that better than most. Life comes down to who you love and who loves you back -- government has no place in the middle." Kirk's move could give more support to state GOP head Pat Brady, who faced severe blowback from his own party for a similar profession of support for gay marriage. The proposed bill to legalize gay marriage in Illinois remains stuck in the Statehouse but could come up for a vote any time now. [Sun-Times, Audio: Kirk interview]

School daze
Parents of CPS students whose schools face closure are making a challenge to Mayor Emanuel: Walk the same routes to school our children do every day. Meanwhile, in other CPS news, the issue of crowded classrooms remains in play, some privately funded ads have been called out by the CTU as "propaganda," and there's not nearly as much a demand for entrance into charter schools as proponents claim. [Sun-Times]

War games
North Korea, still huffing and puffing. [L.A. Times]

Coach out over hazing
While the soccer coach at the center of the Maine West hazing scandal won't fight to regain his job, he maintains his innocence. [Sun-Times]

Corruption superstars
Wow, who knew that New York -- where a handful of lawmakers have been charged with trying to buy their way on to the NYC mayoral ballot -- could outdo Illinois in terms of corruption? [N.Y. Times]

More digital ads are coming to Chicago as the city's aviation committee approved agreements to bring such displays to Midway and O'Hare. [Sun-Times]

Gun laws
As Connecticut nears passing some of the toughest gun laws in the country in the wake of the Newtown massacre, the NRA is trying to put its best foot forward. [, The Atlantic]

Fighting the man
The League of Women Voters is behind a new federal lawsuit brought against the city, fighting the controversial ward map. [Sun-Times, Map]

Mystery fall
Authorities continue to investigate the death of an elderly woman who fell down her building's garbage chute, the second such death in a little over a year at the building. [NBC 5]

Bad ideas Sox
There are bad ideas, there are really bad ideas, and there's CSN's intro to yesterday's White Sox opener. [Deadspin]

Leading the 'Cats
Chris Collins was introduced today as the new coach of the Northwestern men's hoops team and the man to inherit the albatross of its March Madness absence streak. [Sun-Times]

Honoring '63
The Loyola University 1963 Men's Basketball team is the first entire team selected for induction into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame. [DNA Info]

The Bright One
Mary Mitchell delves into the story of Rosa Picketts, a Chicago woman who was raped 36 years ago and is still hoping for justice. [Sun-Times]

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

And finally
One way to make sure your warning properly instills fear into the preached-to: Use clowns and mimes. []

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