* Hannah and I will have some fresh, totally thought provoking, totally worth your time and comments, and certainly worth wearing out the F5 key content within the next few hours. Meanwhile, here is some of what broke last night…
* State, AFSCME argue over contract impasse
* Appellate court hears case challenging taxpayer-funded abortion in Illinois
* Gun Group Dumps Broken Guns At Police Buyback Event, Uses Cash For NRA Camp For Kids: “They had no effective value in the grand scheme of things,” Boch said. “We went up there to trade our unwanted firearms for perfectly good cash to send young people to a National Rifle Association summer gun camp to teach them about the safe and effective use of firearms.” The Police Department can accept all guns during the event, Guglielmi said. They collected more than 420 guns during the June 2 trade-in.
* Chicago taps Elon Musk’s Boring Company to build high-speed transit tunnels that would tie Loop with O’Hare: Emanuel and Boring officials said it’s too early to provide a timeline for the project’s completion or its estimated cost, but they said Boring would pay for the entire project. That would include the construction of a new station at O’Hare and the completion of the mothballed superstation built at Block 37 under previous Mayor Richard M. Daley, who like Emanuel pushed for high-speed rail access to O’Hare.
* Tollway board approves deal with railroad to allow O’Hare western access
* Elizabeth Brackett, Longtime WTTW Journalist, Critically Injured in Bicycle Accident
* Cook County Sheriff’s Office will enforce assault weapons ban in Northbrook, officials say
* Judge temporarily blocks Deerfield assault weapons ban, which was to take effect Wednesday
* Sheriff: New program will support opioid-addicted inmates after release
* Suburban school districts pay penalties for giving raises over 6 percent: The penalties essentially shift some of the pension burden back to the schools that created it, proponents said. But others argue such a shift has little effect on decreasing the pension fund’s debt, which is about $73 billion, according to TRS officials. “Go ahead and do it, it’s not bad government, but it’s not going to solve the real problem,” said Ralph Martire, executive director of the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability, a bipartisan government finance think tank based in Chicago.
* Emanuel responds to Quinn’s term-limits petition — with a one-liner: “Right now, I think Amy would like to sign the petition. That’s all I’m gonna say.”
* Indicted Ald. Cochran telling colleagues he’s changed his mind, intends to run
* EDITORIAL: Ken Dunkin, sexual harassment and proportionate justice: Dunkin insists he never made the remark, but given what we know about the sorry culture of harassment in Illinois state government, we’re inclined to believe his accuser. That’s Springfield for you, sad to say, and the political leaders who have been there longest, beginning with House Speaker Michael J. Madigan, have to answer for it.
* Gurnee to consider $4 million tax incentive for Great America
* Decomposed bodies’ odors prompt new calls for new Kane County morgue: Russell first called for a new morgue soon after taking office in 2012. That’s a vision not shared by county board Chairman Chris Lauzen, and the two have waged political battles ranging from Russell’s purchase of promotional items for his office to the number of autopsies performed. Lauzen has even backed candidates seeking to unseat Russell.
* Illinois coroner will no longer hold remains until poor pay
* Ex-treasurer of Illinois town gets 4-year sentence for theft: Ryan Thorpe was indicted by a federal grand jury on wire fraud and embezzlement from a local government charges.
* William Shatner’s new enterprise: A solar-powered bitcoin mining farm in Illinois: He said Illinois’ policy of requiring utility companies to buy renewable energy made the project economically feasible. It also didn’t hurt that the mayor of Murphysboro, Will Stephens, offered the company a 165,000-square-foot former label-making factory that has been vacant since 2004…the project will involve the creation of a huge solar array on the factory’s 14-acre parcel. The space inside the building will be leased to bitcoin mining companies, he said, with some reserved for a training center that will teach solar panel installation.
* Institute of Politics breaks down intellectual ’silos’ in exchange with downstate college
* Statehouse race preview: McMillan vs. Manar
* Kwame Raoul, Democrat for attorney general, explains his views, and the influences that shaped them