Illinois comptroller Susana Mendoza Credit: AP Photo/Seth Perlman

Welcome to the Reader‘s weekday news briefing.

  •  Susana Mendoza: Rauner can’t take the heat

Governor Bruce Rauner can’t take the heat, according to Illinois comptroller Susana Mendoza. Rauner consistently refers to Mendoza as a “puppet” for Illinois house speaker Michael Madigan. “To always say, first of all, that a strong, independent, outspoken woman who holds him accountable is a puppet of someone else, which is exactly what he did call me, . . . is just a condescending acknowledgment, frankly, that he cannot take criticism from anybody—much less than from a 5-foot-3 woman from Chicago,” Mendoza told WGN Radio in an interview Sunday. Mendoza said that Rauner needs to take responsibility for his own actions and unpopularity: “When you screw up the state of Illinois to the extent that you have, take ownership of it,” she said. “Act like a grown man and a grown adult. Don’t blame everybody else but yourself for your colossal failures.” [Tribune]

  • ComEd: Atlanta airport-like power outage unlikely at O’Hare or Midway

An event similar to the power outage at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta Sunday, which threw off the plans of thousands of travelers, is unlikely to happen at Midway or O’Hare International airports, according to ComEd senior vice president for distribution/operations Tim McGuire. A single fire is unlikely to shut down the airports’ entire power system because, unlike Hartsfield-Jackson, O’Hare and Midway have “robust” systems: “They are not all bundled together, where one event at a single location could take them all out,” McGuire said. [Sun-Times]

  • Nearly 30 people shot, six killed during weekend gun violence

It was a violent weekend in Chicago, with 27 people shot and six fatally shot, according to the Tribune. There have been at least 653 homicides and at least 3,482 people injured in shootings in the city so far in 2017. Brian Jasso, 15, was shot and killed while delivering newspapers with his fathers on the southwest side early Sunday morning. Jasso might not have been the intended target, according to law enforcement. [Tribune] [NBC Chicago]

  • Construction work on the decline after a six-year rise

Construction work in Chicago is on track to decrease in 2017 after six straight years of growth, and another decrease is expected in 2018, according to Crain’s Chicago Business. Construction projects in the city decreased by 7 percent from 2016 to 2017 and are expected to drop by another 3 percent in 2018, according to a report by Dodge Data & Analytics. [Crain’s Chicago Business]

  • A Lincoln Park woman’s multiple-day nightmare

Derek Larbie met a 22-year-old Lincoln Park woman in a local bar in July, and it allegedly turned into a multiple-day nightmare for the woman. She kicked Larbie, 20, out of her apartment the morning after the initial meeting, but he allegedly broke into her apartment the next day and tried to smother her with a pillow. He allegedly returned five days later with an accomplice and climbed up the stairs to her enclosed porch, authorities said. [Sun-Times]

  • West Town’s Green Zebra closing after 13 years of business

Critically acclaimed vegetarian restaurant Green Zebra is closing December 31 after 13 years of business at 1460 W. Chicago. The West Town restaurant regularly made Michelin’s prestigious Bib Gourmand list. [Eater Chicago]