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Welcome to the Reader's morning briefing for Friday, January 20, 2016.
President Barack Obama chose not to shorten former governor Rod Blagojevich's 14-year prison sentence during his final days in office. Blagojevich, who was convicted of trying to sell Obama's Senate seat, had petitioned the president in December, but although Obama ended up commuting more prison sentences than any other president in history, he snubbed his former colleague. President-elect Donald Trump might be more sympathetic to Blago in the future—the latter appeared on Trump's Celebrity Apprentice show in 2010. "So, Governor, you have a hell of a lot of guts. I have to tell you that," Trump told Blagojevich during his first Apprentice episode. [Associated Press via St. Louis Post-Dispatch] [NBC Chicago]
Chicago police officer Lowell Houser has been charged with first-degree murder for the shooting death of 38-year-old Jose Nieves. Houser, who was off-duty at the time, allegedly shot Nieves on January 2 on the northwest side. Nieves and Houser had argued in the past, and according to authorities, the victim was not armed at the time. [Tribune]