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Drew Peterson murder conviction upheld by Illinois Supreme Court, and other Chicago news

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click to enlarge Drew Peterson waiting to be interviewed on the Today show in 2008 - AP PHOTO/RICHARD DREW
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  • Drew Peterson waiting to be interviewed on the Today show in 2008

Welcome to the Reader's morning briefing for Friday, September 22, 2017. Have a great weekend!  

  • Drew Peterson murder conviction upheld by Illinois Supreme Court

Former Bolingbrook police officer Drew Peterson's 2012 murder conviction in the death of his third wife, Kathleen Savio, was upheld by the Illinois Supreme Court Thursday. The court unanimously ruled that the prosecution's use of hearsay testimony was constitutional, according to the Tribune. Peterson lawyer Stephen Greenberg released a statement saying it's "likely" the legal team will appeal and take the case to the U.S. Supreme Court. [Tribune]

  • Emanuel thinks the "midwestern work ethic" could persuade Amazon to locate its second headquarters here

Mayor Rahm Emanuel continues to push for Amazon to locate its second headquarters in Chicago. Today at the opening of a downtown office building he directed his remarks at Amazon CEO Jeff Bezo, boasting that Chicagoans' have "incredible strength." "Do not underestimate the quality of a midwestern work ethic." the mayor said. "We are a world-class city in the middle of the heartland. All parts of Chicago are putting their shoulder to the wheel for this." [DNAinfo Chicago


  • Son of Chicago Housing Authority CEO allegedly involved in fatal shooting

Eugene Jones, the 18-year-old son of the Chicago Housing Authority's chief executive officer, Eugene Jones Jr., was arrested in Indianapolis Tuesday, and is facing murder and robbery charges, according to the Sun-Times. Jones allegedly shot and killed 18-year-old Deante Williams Sunday night during an apparent robbery. "This is a situation that no parent expects to find themselves in and I will, like any parent, handle this as a family matter, and I cannot offer any further comment," Jones Jr. said in a statement. [Sun-Times]

  • Cubs catcher Rene Rivera raising money for his native Puerto Rico

Cubs catcher Rene Rivera and his wife, Mariel Perez, are raising money for Puerto Rico after the island was hit hard by Hurricanes Maria and Irma. Perez started the GoFundMe fund-raiser last week before Hurricane Maria caused even more damage than Hurricane Irma did. Rivera is a native of Puerto Rico. [DNAinfo Chicago]

  • Museum of Contemporary Art breaks Bowie exhibit attendance records with Murakami exhibit

The MCA exhibit "Takashi Murakami: The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg" has broken the museum attendance record set by "David Bowie Is" in 2014 and 2015. More than 193,000 people have been to see the Japanese pop artist's work. "The audiences for this show have been amazing, incredibly youthful and diverse with an enthusiastic thirst for all that Murakami produces," MCA chief curator Michael Darling said in a statement. [DNAinfo Chicago]


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