Stuart Strahl, president and CEO of the Chicago Zoological Society, explains pictures of damage at the Brookfield Zoo in Springfield Wednesday, justifying his ask for money from lawmakers as part of a capital bill effort. [Hannah Meisel/The Daily Line]

After the closure of northbound Lake Shore Drive for nearly 24 hours by the discovery of cracked steel support beams sparked a renewed push for a capital bill, officials from Illinois’ largest zoo asked for a piece of the pie. Meanwhile, lawyers for Jason Gonzales — the Democrat who challenged House Speaker Mike Madigan in the 2016 primary, lost and sued — asked a federal judge Tuesday to find Madigan employees in contempt of court for not complying with subpoenas.

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