Former governor Rod Blagojevich and his wife, Patti, in 2011 Credit: AP Photo/Paul Beaty

Welcome to the Reader‘s weekday news briefing. 

  • Patti Blagojevich slams Rauner’s anti-Pritzker campaign ad using Blagojevich FBI wiretap

Patti Blagojevich, the wife of former governor Rod Blagojevich, is slamming Governor Bruce Rauner and his campaign for using audio of a conversation between the former governor and Democratic gubernatorial candidate J.B. Pritzker that was wiretapped by the FBI in 2008. The controversial ad features Blagojevich telling “Pritzker about a scenario in which Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan could become senator, and Pritzker could become the attorney general,” according to the Sun-Times. “There is a federal court order not allowing these tapes to see the light of day,” Patti Blagojevich said in an interview with Fox Chicago Friday. “We fought so hard in court to try to get tapes just like this.” [Sun-Times]

  • Spokesman: Durbin has credibility, GOP senator Perdue does not

Ben Marter, a spokesman for Senator Dick Durbin, attacked Republican senator David Perdue for saying that he did not hear President Donald Trump refer to African countries as “shithole countries” in a closed-door meeting on immigration Thursday. “Credibility is something that’s built by being consistently honest over time. Senator Durbin has it. Senator Perdue does not. Ask anyone who’s dealt with both,” Marter tweeted about the Georgia senator Sunday morning. Durbin, who was in the meeting, publicly stated that Trump made the “shithole countries” comment in the meeting and that Republican senator Lindsey Graham directly confronted Trump about it. But Perdue and Republican senator Tom Cotton “do not recall the president saying those comments specifically,” according to a statement. [Sun-Times]

  • Public health officials warn passengers about possible measles exposure at O’Hare

An airline passenger who has a confirmed case of measles had a layover at O’Hare International Airport Wednesday, and officials from the Illinois Department of Health are recommending a test for anyone who was at the airport that day between 6:30 AM and 1 PM and does not have a measles vaccination. The passenger with measles was “infectious on that day, may have traveled to other areas of the airport,” according to a statement from the IDPH. [Tribune]

  • Obama Center tries to build enthusiasm with south- and west-side church visits

The Coalition for the Obama Presidential Center tried to build local enthusiasm for the Obama Presidential Center by sending out representatives to 14 churches on the south and west sides Sunday, according to the Sun-Times. The officials plans for the center will be revealed in a City Council meeting Wednesday. [Sun-Times]

  • The drama surrounding the closing of Grace restaurant continues

The owner of Grace restaurant, Michael Olszewski, is blaming the closure of the Michelin three-starred restaurant on chef Curtis Duffy. Olszewski claims that he learned Duffy quit Grace by reading about it in the newspaper. [Eater Chicago]