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Monday, October 16, 2017

Joe Maddon compares MLB plate collision rule to overturned soda tax, and other Chicago news

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click to enlarge Joe Maddon  argues a call with an umpire during the National League Championship Series game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium Saturday. - PHOTO BY EZRA SHAW/GETTY IMAGES
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  • Joe Maddon argues a call with an umpire during the National League Championship Series game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium Saturday.

Welcome to the Reader's morning briefing for Monday, October 16, 2017.

  • Joe Maddon compares MLB plate collision rule to overturned soda tax

Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon compared the MLB plate collision rule to Cook County's overturned soda tax over the weekend. Maddon was ejected from the first game of the Cubs-Los Angeles Dodgers National League Championship Series Saturday night for arguing with the umpires about a controversial call involving the rule, which forbids the catcher from blocking home plate when not in possession of the ball. "The umpires did everything according to what they've been told," Maddon said. "From Day 1, I've disagreed with the content of the rule. . . . That was a beautifully done major-league play that gets interpreted tantamount to the soda tax in Chicago. . . . All rules or laws aren't necessarily good ones." [ESPN]

  • Chance the Rapper to headline Obama Foundation Summit concert

Chance the Rapper will headline the Obama Foundation Summit closing concert at the Wintrust Arena November 1. Gloria Estefan and the National will also perform at the event, which follows the two-day leadership conference especially directed toward youth, which will feature speeches from Prince Harry of Wales and former Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi, among others. More than 2,oo0 tickets will be given out to local community organizations, churches, and schools as well as to individuals who've been involved with the foundation as it works on the construction of the Obama Presidential Library. [DNAinfo Chicago]


  • Kenneka Jenkins death investigation details might debunk conspiracy theories

New details have emerged from the investigation into the death of 19-year-old Kenneka Jenkins, and police reports appear to debunk some of the online conspiracy theories that have been swirling since September, when she was found dead in a freezer at a Rosemont hotel where she'd been attending a party with friends. Death threats have been made against others in attendance, and one of those present has since moved out of the city to escape harassment from people who think she was involved in the death. [Sun-Times]

  • Activists plan massive protest outside Milo Yiannopoulos speech

Hundreds of people are planning to protest outside a talk by former Breitbart News editor Milo Yiannopoulos in November. Yiannopoulos is scheduled to speak at the Patio Theater in Portage Park November 13. Anti-racist and anti-war social justice group Answer Chicago is using Facebook to organize the protest, which is intended to "make it clear to Yiannopoulos that Chicago will not tolerate his ideology." Many local residents support the effort. "We're just trying to make our neighborhood a welcoming place that's peaceful, and I think the event represents something threatening to us and the beliefs and values most people in the neighborhood hold," said business owner Melissa Basilone. "So if people want to peacefully protest, we'll open our space to host sign-making events." [DNAinfo Chicago]

  • Emanuel sets aside $27 million for police reform in budget proposal

Mayor Rahm Emanuel is setting aside about $27.4 million for reform of the Chicago Police Department in the 2018 city budget proposal. "With this investment, the city of Chicago is making a down payment on police reform," Emanuel said in a statement. There's no word yet on where the money will come from, but the millions will be spent on "enhanced training, reform implementation, officer wellness and community policing," according to the mayor's office. [Sun-Times]

  • 54 local restaurants make the cut for Michelin 2018 Bib Gourmands

Fifty-four Chicago restaurants made Michelin's prestigious 2018 Bib Gourmand list. Bohemian House, Fat Rice, Girl & the Goat, the Publican, and True Food Kitchen are among those who made the cut. Logan Square favorite Longman & Eagle, winner of a coveted Michelin star for the past seven years, was for the first time given a Bib Gourmand, which is awarded for value. Local Michelin star winners will be announced this week. [Eater Chicago]


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