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Report: Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda may not perform as Alexander Hamilton in Chicago, and other news

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click to enlarge Lin-Manuel Miranda performs in Hamilton in New York - JOAN MARCUS/THE PUBLIC THEATER VIA AP
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  • Lin-Manuel Miranda performs in Hamilton in New York

Welcome to the Reader's morning briefing for Thursday, August 24, 2017.

  • Lin-Manuel Miranda might not appear as Hamilton in Chicago

Back in January, when then-president Barack Obama pardoned Puerto Rican activist Oscar López Rivera, Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda tweeted that it would be "an honor" to play the title character of his musical "the night Don Oscar goes." That may not happen after all: according to a Hamilton spokesman, Miranda has "no current plans" to perform in Chicago. The show itself is still going strong, however. Broadway in Chicago announced on Wednesday that tickets go on sale next week for performances from January 9 through April 28, 2018. [DNAinfo Chicago] [DNAinfo Chicago]

  • Parolees can no longer be arrested for being spotted with a gang member under new Illinois law

Governor Bruce Rauner signed a bill "that protects parolees from being arrested merely for being seen with alleged gang members," according to the Sun-Times. The legislation passed the Illinois house and senate in the spring. "The notion that someone could be arrested and prosecuted simply for being in their neighborhood, talking to people, or in their own yard, is beyond troubling," the bill's chief house sponsor, state rep Kelly Cassidy, said in a statement. [Sun-Times]

  • Eddie Johnson will undergo a kidney transplant in the "next couple of weeks"

Chicago Police Department superintendent Eddie Johnson says he will undergo a kidney transplant in the "next couple of weeks." Johnson's son, Daniel, 25, is donating the kidney. "I really don't have the words to express that. I'm proud of him," Johnson said. "It wasn't something that I asked him to do. He chose to do this for me." The chief officer has been battling kidney disease for more than 30 years. [DNAinfo Chicago]

  • Jesse White endorses J.B. Pritzker for governor

Illinois secretary of state Jesse White has endorsed J.B. Pritzker for governor. The billionaire businessman, one of several Democrats running in the 2018 gubernatorial race, is the first to be endorsed by a statewide elected official. [Tribune]

  • A suburban mother of six scheduled to be deported seeks sanctuary in Humboldt Park church

Told to turn herself over to immigration officials, Bolingbrook resident Francisca Lino is instead seeking sanctuary at Adalberto United Methodist Church in Humboldt Park, which previously protected immigration activist Elvira Arellano. The 50-year-old mother doesn't want to be separated from her six children, five of whom are U.S. citizens. "I feel sad that I had to do this and defy the law to be with my children, but we're going to keep fighting this case," she said. Lino's attorney, Chris Bergin, showed up to her appointment with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers in her place on Wednesday. "I made it clear that she will not be hiding from the ICE officers but that she is asking instead for protection from her God," Bergin said. [Tribune]

  • The Obama Foundation will pay for a parking garage/"park"

On Wednesday, before a public hearing on closing a major artery through Jackson Park, the Obama Foundation announced that it will pay for a parking garage/"park" for the Obama Presidential Center on the Midway Plaisance, which is owned by the city. Under the foundation's plan, the above-ground parking garage would be topped with a landscaped roof of three to four acres with a play area, a picnic area, and "more." The timing of the foundation's announcement before a public hearing "suggests that it is part of a deal—a peace offering—to sell to the people concerned about losing Cornell Ave., as it passes through Jackson Park," according to the Sun-Times. [Sun-Times]



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