CPD top cop takes strongest possible action against officer who fatally shot Kajuan Raye, and other Chicago news | Bleader

Monday, November 28, 2016

CPD top cop takes strongest possible action against officer who fatally shot Kajuan Raye, and other Chicago news

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Chicago Police superintendent Eddie Johnson speaks to reporters earlier this year. - ASHLEE REZIN/SUN-TIMES
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  • Chicago Police superintendent Eddie Johnson speaks to reporters earlier this year.

Welcome to the Reader's morning briefing for Monday, November 28, 2016.

  • Weather: Warmer but rainy

It will be a bit warmer Monday, with a high of 52 and a low of 44. It's very likely going to rain during parts of the day and evening. [AccuWeather]

  • CPD superintendent Johnson removes cop who killed Kajuan Raye

Kajuan Raye, 19, was shot and killed by a Chicago police officer in West Englewood November 23. The cop said that Raye pointed a gun at him, but no gun has been found and Raye was shot in the back, according to the Cook County medical examiner's office. Chicago Police Department superintendent Eddie Johnson has taken the strongest action possible by relieving the cop of his powers instead of putting him on 30 days of administrative leave while the Independent Police Review Authority investigates the shooting. "Based on the little information we know at this point, I have concerns about this incident and feel this decision is in the best interest of the department and the people of Chicago as we await a methodical and impartial investigation into exactly what transpired," Johnson said in a statement. [DNAinfo Chicago]

  • Cubs co-owner Todd Ricketts rumored to be Trump's pick for deputy commerce secretary

Chicago Cubs co-owner Todd Ricketts is likely to be named deputy commerce secretary by president-elect Donald Trump, according to Politico. The Ricketts family supported Trump financially during the general election, but also donated to an anti-Trump super PAC before he won the GOP nomination. [Politico]

  • CTA will extend the Red Line south by five miles in a $75 million project

A project that's been talked about forever may actually be close to happening now. The CTA will spend $75 million to extend the Red Line south by more than five miles, according to the Tribune. The transit agency and Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced the plans Sunday. The project would be completed by 2026 at the earliest. [Tribune]

  • Rhymefest to turn Kanye West's childhood home into an arts incubator

Rapper Rhymefest has purchased his frequent collaborator Kanye West's south-side childhood home and is planning on making it into a youth arts incubator. The house will have a state-of-the-art recording studio, space for Donda's House (a nonprofit organization for local young artists named after West's mother, Donda West) and a south-side music museum, the rapper wrote on Instagram. "Donda's House envisions this facility as not only a homegrown hub of economic activity for the south side but also a gathering place for the community with events and concerts," the organization said in a statement. "Donda's House is committed to the success of Chicago's young creatives and this property will help these young people flourish." [Rolling Stone]

  • The city is adding 725 parking meters, but the revenue won't go to the city

Chicago is cracking down on free parking spots by adding 725 new parking meters to the streets, including 153 in the Loop, according to DNAinfo Chicago. The addition of the parking meters is a part of the City Council and Mayor Rahm Emanuel's 2017 budget. "Those efforts will generate $5.4 million, but it won't directly benefit the city," DNAinfo Chicago wrote. "Instead, it will be used to offset the $12 million the city pays every year to the company that leases the city's meter system for spots that are out of service." [DNAinfo Chicago]


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