Examining what's changed a year after the Laquan McDonald video, and other Chicago news

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Laquan McDonald walks down the street moments before being fatally shot by Jason Van Dyke in a frame of the dash-cam video provided by police. - CHICAGO POLICE DEPARTMENT VIA AP FILE
  • Chicago Police Department via AP file
  • Laquan McDonald walks down the street moments before being fatally shot by Jason Van Dyke in a frame of the dash-cam video provided by police.

Welcome to the Reader's morning briefing for Thursday, November 24, 2016. Happy Thanksgiving!

  • Weather: A cloudy Thanksgiving day

It will be cloudy and cool Thursday, with a high of 43 and a low of 35. The clouds will be thick, but at least it's not supposed to rain. [AccuWeather]

  • A year after the Laquan McDonald video release, has anything changed?

It's been a year since the dashcam video of Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke shooting 17-year-old Laquan McDonald 16 times shocked the city and the nation. A lot has happened since then: Van Dyke was charged with first-degree murder, Cook County state's attorney Anita Alvarez lost in the Democratic primary, and CPD superintendent Garry McCarthy resigned under pressure from Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Now, WBEZ has put together a comprehensive time line of all the events that occurred as a result of the video. "Whether or not there's meaningful, long-lasting change in the culture of the Chicago Police Department is a big question," Michael Robbins, an attorney for McDonald's mother, Tina Hunter, told WBEZ. But you know what they say about the more things change: Just days after the public witnessed the shooting, protesters infamously took over the Magnificent Mile on Black Friday, blocking shoppers from entering many stores. Activists plan to do to the same this year. [WBEZ] [Crain's Chicago Business]

  • Grant Park repairs after World Series victory rally will cost the Cubs almost $400,000

Approximately five million people attended the Cubs' World Series victory rally early this month, and the team is going to have to pay a huge bill to the Chicago Park District for repairs of Grant Park. Repairs, including resodding Lower Hutchinson Field, will cost $388,000, the Park District told DNAinfo Chicago. [DNAinfo Chicago]

  • Investigative report sheds light on abuse of adults with disabilities in group homes

Illinois has been covering up the abuse and neglect of disabled adults living in state-funded group homes, according to an investigative report by the Tribune. The paper uncovered "1,311 cases of documented harm since July 2011"—hundreds more than publicly reported by the Illinois Department of Human Services—in an article that also shares several personal stories of families who lost relatives in horrific ways. [Tribune]

  • Muslim-run food pantry gives out 5,000 turkeys at south-side schools

Northwest-side Sabeel Food Pantry distributed 5,000 Thanksgiving turkeys to families at eight elementary schools on the south side this week. The pantry is run by Muslims, who say they are living out their faith by helping the poor. Sabeel has been giving out the turkeys for 16 years, but significantly expanded the program this year. [Tribune]

  • Islamic religious books defaced at the Evanston Public Library

Muslim religious books belonging to the Evanston Public Library, including copies of the Quran, were defaced with "graffiti and racist language and imagery" and "with derogatory remarks," according to the library. "Free speech is one thing; defacing sacred texts and books about religion is quite another," the library said in a statement. "Those who are caught defacing library materials will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law." [Sun-Times]


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