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Here Are This Week’s 10 Must-Read Stories

The final push to be Illinois Governor, rugby is a hit, and more.

Pat Quinn and Bruce Rauner during the Illnois Gubernatorial Downstate Debate   Photo:Dayrl Wilson/Chicago Tribune

1. One Day Left: The Most Competitive Races for Governor

Polling whiz Nate Silver gives Pat Quinn a 66% chance of winning, but he’s the most vulnerable of the Midwestern governors. FiveThirtyEight runs the numbers.

2. The Most Dangerous Block in Chicago

19 people were shot on the 6400 block of South Martin Luther King Drive in three years, otherwise known as “O Block.” The Sun-Times visits the street.

3. Is Bruce Rauner Pro-Choice, Anti-Choice, or Just an Opportunist?

The Republican gubernatorial candidate has avoided the issue. What does he think—or has he even thought about it? Chicago reads between the lines.

4. Sold-Out Chicago Match Marks Rugby’s Growing Popularity

New Zealand’s legendary All Blacks drew a full crowd to Soldier Field as TV ratings for the sport climb in the U.S. Bloomberg examines its stateside success.

5. Slow Roll Chicago’s Founders: “Potential Is Endless” to Connect Communities

Two Chatham natives brought the bike movement to Chicago, to get people riding through neighborhoods they might never visit. Streetsblog Chicago talks with Jamal Julien and Olatunji Oboi Reed.

6. Half of All Public School Students in Illinois Now Considered Low Income

In 2000, 37 percent of students were eligible for a free or reduced-price lunch. Now it’s 52 percent. What happened? WBEZ connects the dots.

7. Developers Riding 606 Trail Deeper into Northwest Side

The elevated trail is spurring construction on the northwest side, putting pressure on housing prices and spurring fears of increased gentrification. The Tribune follows its path.

8. Voters in Illinois Governor’s Race to Choose ‘Failure’ or ‘Billionaire’

Quinn and Rauner are focusing their attentions on Chicago and its suburbs. Here’s why. The New York Times looks at their strategies.

9. What’s the Big Deal About New Cubs Manager Joe Maddon?

He put up a great record in Tampa Bay, but what’s a good manager really worth to a team? Chicago reviews the loveable losers’ new leader.

10. What You Need to Know About Street Harassment

You might think you’re just complimenting a woman—but her history of being harrassed means you’ll get filed with the creeps. Ebony talks back.

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