The Illinois House approved plans yesterday for a casino in Chicago, while senate president John Cullerton called Gov. Quinn “irrelevant” to the current budget process. Skokie Democrat rep. Lou Lang said Mayor Emanuel’s lobbying was “key” to the gambling bill’s passage. (Tribune)

While Chicagoans were enjoying a warm day off, six people were killed and another 21 were shot yesterday. The heat also caused police to close North Avenue Beach. (Tribune/Sun-Times)

As the 50th anniversary of Ernest Hemingway’s suicide approaches, Hemingway societies are ignoring the date. (Tribune)