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ACLU of Illinois sues for federal oversight of CPD reforms, and other Chicago news

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click to enlarge Chicago police officers at a graduation ceremony on Navy Pier in June - PHOTO BY SCOTT OLSON/GETTY IMAGES
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  • Chicago police officers at a graduation ceremony on Navy Pier in June

Welcome to the Reader's morning briefing for Thursday, October 5, 2017.

  • ACLU of Illinois, other groups sue for federal oversight of CPD reforms

The American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois and other organizations have filed a lawsuit asking for federal oversight of Chicago Police Department reforms just weeks after Illinois attorney general Lisa Madigan filed a similar lawsuit, according to the Sun-Times. The lawsuit argues that oversight is needed to make reforms: "almost nine months after the DOJ issued its findings, neither an independent monitor nor a plan for reform has been ordered or agreed upon, and disability is not even acknowledged in the lawsuit the city has publicly promised to settle." [Sun-Times]

  • Emanuel: Services like Lyft and Uber cost taxpayers $40 million in lost revenue

Ride-sharing services including Uber and Lyft have cost Chicago taxpayers more than $40 million in lost revenue, according to Mayor Rahm Emanuel. "This shortfall includes tax, license and permit revenue losses from other public vehicles, decreased payment in parking garage tax, motor vehicle lessor tax and lease tax, reduced ridership on the CTA and reductions in the MPEA airport departure surcharge," Office of Budget and Management spokeswoman Molly Poppe said in a statement. Uber and Lyft denied the mayor's claims. "It takes some creative accounting to call that a loss for taxpayers," Lyft spokesman Scott Coriell wrote in an e-mail to the Sun-Times. "Chicago already charges the highest ride-sharing taxes in the nation, and is now looking to increase those even further." [Sun-Times]


  • Blackhawks sign one-day contract with Bryan Bickell, allowing him to retire as a Blackhawk

The Chicago Blackhawks signed a one-day contract with Bryan Bickell, who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in November 2016, in order to let him retire from the NHL as a Blackhawk. "I want to be a figure for MS and tell my story, what I went through. Just inspire other people to get diagnosed and experience with their families and make awareness. I'm happy to be a part of it and to help in any way," Bickell said at the United Center Wednesday. "Every day, every month is getting better." Bickell won the Stanley Cup with the Blackhawks in 2013 and 2015 and was traded to the Carolina Hurricanes in 2016. [Tribune]

  • Study did not find cancer cluster in far southwest-side neighborhoods but found elevated rates

A Illinois Department of Public Health study did not find a "cancer cluster" in Beverly, Mount Greenwood, Morgan Park, Oak Lawn, and Evergreen Park. The study did find something alarming, however: elevated rates of breast cancer in women of all races under 50, uterine cancer in white women, lung cancer in white men and women and prostate cancer in black and white men. [DNAinfo Chicago]

  • White Sox prospect's sister killed in Las Vegas massacre

Christiana Duarte, the sister of Chicago White Sox prospect Michael Duarte, was shot and killed at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas Sunday night. At least 59 people and 527 were injured in the tragic shooting. [NBC Chicago]

  • Tribune Media announces plan to redevelop printing plant into office complex

Tribune Media announced plans to redevelop its printing plant at 700 W. Chicago Avenue into an office complex, but there's no developer attached to the project yet. The plans include more than a dozen new buildings, 5,900 new homes in the space, and an extension of the RiverWalk into the development. "We view The River District as a major contributor to the future success of the city," Murray McQueen, president of ‎Tribune Real Estate Holdings, said in a statement. "The River District plan leverages best practices from Chicago and other major cities and reflects how people want to live and work today. Our goal is to create the same in-demand dynamic neighborhood seen in tech centers such as San Francisco and Seattle." [DNAinfo Chicago]



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