Grand jury still weighing more indictments in the Laquan McDonald case, and other Chicago news | Bleader

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Grand jury still weighing more indictments in the Laquan McDonald case, and other Chicago news

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click to enlarge Special prosecutor Patricia Brown Holmes in June - RICH HEIN/SUN-TIMES
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  • Special prosecutor Patricia Brown Holmes in June

Welcome to the Reader's morning briefing for Thursday, August 31, 2017.

  • More police officers may be indicted in the Laquan McDonald case

Indictments against "several individuals" could be coming as a Cook County grand jury continues to investigate the alleged police cover-up of Laquan McDonald's murder, according to special prosecutor Patricia Brown Holmes. "There were several individuals whose names came up," Brown Holmes said at a status hearing Tuesday. "The grand jury would like to have time to allow them to at least be interviewed." In June, she announced charges against three Chicago Police officers for the alleged conspiracy. [Sun-Times]

  • Jesse Jackson Jr. is still trying to subpoena Garry McCarthy in heated divorce

Former congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. is still trying to subpoena former Chicago Police Department superintendent Garry McCarthy in his heated divorce from former alderman Sandi Jackson. Jackson Jr.'s legal team filed papers in a Washington, D.C., court asking that McCarthy, his former business partner Richard Simon, and former CPD officer James Love give depositions, according to the Tribune. The three men "have been identified as persons having knowledge of the circumstances that led to the estrangement of the parties, financial issues raised and allegations made in this matter," the court papers say. [Tribune]

  • A new dinosaur is replacing Sue in the Field Museum entrance hall

Sue the T. Rex has greeted guests in the Field Museum's entrance hall for nearly 20 years, but now the iconic dinosaur is getting a new home in the museum. The museum has announced that it will replace Sue with a titanosaur, which is expected to installed by late spring 2018. Sue, meanwhile, will get her own room and some additional bones for her spring 2019 debut in a new gallery. "For years now, I've been pitching this to the museum," Sue wrote on her official Twitter account, where she's updated her name to "private suite haver." "A room with a better defensible position against velociraptor attacks and reduced exposure to possible meteorite collisions. Finally, the mammals in charge have come to their senses." [DNAinfo Chicago]

  • Expect crowds waiting to see Chance the Rapper at the opening of the Michigan Avenue Nando's

Chance the Rapper will be manning the grills at the opening of the new Nando's location at 155 N. Michigan on Tuesday, September 5, around 6 PM. In addition to cooking and delivering spicy peri-peri chicken, the popular rapper will "speak about the importance of supporting Chicago public schools and nurturing local talent," according to a statement. Nando's is donating all of the proceeds of its sales from September 5 through September 7 to Chance's nonprofit, SocialWorks. [Food & Wine]

  • Aldermen endorse crackdown on Uber and Lyft's surge pricing

The City Council Committee on Transportation and the Public Way endorsed a crackdown on ride-sharing services' surge pricing during an "unforeseen emergency." The measure, which was written by alderman Anthony Beale, would force Uber, Lyft and other ride-sharing services to cap their fares during an emergency at 150 percent of the average fare over the seven days before the incident, as opposed to current surges of 500 or 600 percent. "Any actual or threatened terrorist attack, mass shooting, major disruption in public transportation, failure or shortage of electric power and inclement weather" is counted as an emergency by the measure. The full City Council is expected to vote on the legislation September 6, according to DNAinfo Chicago. [DNAinfo Chicago]

  • Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams is coming to the Park at Wrigley in 2018

Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams will open another Chicago location at the Park at Wrigley in time for Opening Day 2018. "When we had the opportunity to open at Wrigley, we jumped on it in a huge way—we love the Cubs," the chain's James Beard Award-winning founder, Jeni Britton Bauer, said. Cubs fans might even be able to bring the ice cream into Wrigley Field during games. [Eater Chicago]



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