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The Evening Rush for Friday, May 31, 2013

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The must-read news stories for May 31, 2013.

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Final countdown in General Assembly
It's the final day of the spring session for the Illinois General Assembly and there are a lot of items still up in the air. A proposed pension fix took a big hit yesterday, and there's still not much movement on a casino for Chicago. In addition, there's a new concealed-carry bill that, as of post time, has been passed by the Senate and sent to the House. But everyone is really focusing on the gay marriage bill, which remains in the House, hovering just around the required number of votes. House Speaker Mike Madigan invited same-sex families to his box in the chambers, which would seem to indicate a photo op of some sort related to get things passed, but that's merely speculation. Either way, expect a flurry of activity -- even if nothing gets accomplished -- in Springfield tonight and we've got you covered. [Live Updates from Springfield, Live State House video, Live State Senate video, Politics blog]

Arrest for CeaseFire head
Tio Hardiman, head of the anti-violence group CeaseFire, has been arrested on charges of domestic battery. [Sun-Times]

Meter sparring continues
As Mayor Emanuel's administration seeks to calm fears from aldermen about proposed changes to the controversial parking meter deal, more questions keep popping up. [CBS 2, The Reader]

Pedestrian scramble
It turns out being far safer than it sounds, but one of the Loop's busiest intersection got a test run at allowing six-way pedestrian crossing today. [Sun-Times]

City tops major metros in jobless
Even as unemployment rates fall, Chicago is tops among the United States' top five metro areas in terms of the jobless rate. [Crain's]

Wannabe sentenced
The young man who wanted to set off an explosion near Wrigley Field but failed has been sentenced to 23 years. [Sun-Times]

School deadline approaches
Parents of students who attend CPS schools scheduled to be closed are approaching a deadline to choose which schools their children will attend next year. [WBEZ]

Making a run
State Treasurer Dan Rutherford has thrown his hat in the ring for the 2014 governor's race. [Sun-Times]

Wolf Point tussle
There's been a lawsuit filed over the proposed towers at Wolf Point. [Chicago Grid]

Horrible cruelty
A Garfield Park man has been accused of literally mowing over the foot of a neighbor's dog. [DNA Info]

Allegations at Navy
The Naval Academy is investigating accusations of sexual assault against three football players. [WaPo]

Groce gets a raise
Illinois men's hoops coach John Groce is getting a raise. [ESPN]

Oh, Canada
None other than Nate Silver explores the inability of Canadian teams to win Lord Stanley's Cup. [N.Y. Times]

The Bright One
The Blackhawks kick off their Western Conference finals series against the L.A. Kings with a pair of games this weekend. Mark Lazerus takes a look ahead. [Sun-Times]

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

And finally
A small Georgia town is getting sued over its new "choose one: nudity or booze" law. [WTSP]

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