Welcome to the Reader's morning briefing for Monday, February 27, 2017.
Oscars host Jimmy Kimmel invited a group of tourists from a Hollywood tour bus to the Dolby Theatre for the Oscars, and one of them, who identified himself as "Gary from Chicago," went viral. E! News declared him the "biggest star inside the 2017 Oscars." Gary was a natural at Hollywood's most prestigious awards show, charming celebrities, taking selfies, and kissing Nicole Kidman's hand. Capitalizing on the viral moment, the Chicago Bulls and Bears immediately reached out to him on social media with offers of gifts. [New York Daily News] [E! News]
Chicago police superintendent Eddie Johnson is frustrated with lawmakers in Springfield for failing to pass harsher penalties for repeat gun offenders, according to the Sun-Times. "They promised me that we would have something done in January. We're at the end of February," he said at a news conference Friday. He's now counting on state senator Kwame Raoul and state rep Elgie Sims Jr., who are currently drafting a bill. He noted that both Raoul and Sims are "supportive of CPD." [Sun-Times]
Welcome to the Reader's morning briefing for Friday, February 24, 2017. Have a great weekend!
Transgender Chicago Public Schools students will still be able to use the bathrooms and locker rooms of their choice despite actions taken by President Donald Trump to revoke former president Barack Obama's issued guidelines allowing all transgender public school students to use the facilities of their choice. CPS changed its policy prior to Obama's policy change, and won't amend it now. "CPS led the way among school districts on bathroom policies for transgender students and staff, and we have no intention of backing down no matter what President Trump does to discriminate against the LGBTQ community," CPS spokeswoman Emily Bittner told DNAinfo Chicago. [DNAinfo Chicago]
Chicago saw its 99th homicide in 2017 Wednesday, two days before its 99th homicide in 2016, according to the Tribune. Homicides had been slowing down slightly in comparison with 2016 until seven people were fatally shot Wednesday. [Tribune]