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Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Hillary Clinton hits Chicago for rallies and fund-raisers, petition asks for special prosecutor in Laquan McDonald case, and other Chicago news

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click to enlarge Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton will be in Chicago Wednesday. - ANDREW BURTON/GETTY IMAGES
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  • Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton will be in Chicago Wednesday.

Welcome to the Reader's morning briefing for Wednesday, February 17, 2016.

  • Weather: The sun will finally be out

The sun will be out, but it won't get much warmer, with a high of 32 and a low of 24. The good news: there won't be any snow. [AccuWeather]

  • Clinton rallies, raises money in Chicago as race with Bernie heats up

The presidential race is heating up ahead of Illinois's March 15 primary, and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton will be in her hometown for fund-raisers and rallies Wednesday. All reservations are taken for her free "Get Out the Vote" rally in Bronzeville, but she's also attending a host of big-ticket fund-raisers throughout the afternoon and evening. [DNAinfo Chicago]

  • Coalition asks for special prosecutor to handle McDonald criminal case

Politicians, attorneys, and community activists have joined forces to petition Cook County Criminal Court for a special prosecutor in the Laquan McDonald case. The group argues that state's attorney Anita Alvarez is too close to the police union, creating a conflict of interest in the investigation. [Tribune]

  • "Ask not what Rahm Emanuel can do for you, but what can you do for your city"

"My Block, My Hood, My City" founder Jahmal Cole wants to give back to others, so he recruited volunteers to shovel snow for free on the south side Monday. The group cleared sidewalks on several blocks, including Michigan Avenue from 79th Street to 83rd. Chatham's population is about 60 percent seniors, according to Cole. [DNAinfo Chicago]

  • Immigration protest shuts down Congress Parkway in the Loop

Peaceful activists gathered in the Loop Tuesday morning to protest the immigration policies of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, shutting down traffic at Congress and LaSalle for more than an hour. About 12 people were arrested. [Tribune]

  • NBC promotes Stefan Holt to New York

Popular NBC Five morning anchor Stefan Holt will be moving out of Chicago's NBC Tower and joining NBC Nightly News anchor Lester Holt at 30 Rock. The 29-year-old Chicago native was tapped by NBC-5 honchos to coanchor WNBC's 4 PM newscast on weekdays. March 25 will be his last day anchoring in Chicago. [Robert Feder]

  • Developer of Pilsen's Thalia Hall buys Spiegel building in Bridgeport

A warehouse that used to house mail-order catalog Spiegel's headquarters has been sold to Blue Star Properties, the developer behind the renovation of concert venue Thalia Hall in Pilsen. [DNAinfo Chicago]


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