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James Beard Awards recognize the city's chefs, and other Chicago news

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Mayor Rahm Emanuel joined Susan Ungaro (left), president of the James Beard Foundation, in advance of the foundation’s 2015 gala in Chicago. - AL PODGORSKI/SUN-TIMES
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  • Mayor Rahm Emanuel joined Susan Ungaro (left), president of the James Beard Foundation, in advance of the foundation’s 2015 gala in Chicago.

Welcome to the Reader's morning briefing for Wednesday, March 16, 2016.

  • Weather: Dangerous winds

Remember that Friday in February when people were nearly blowing away on the street and skyscrapers were swaying? Dangerous winds of more than 50 mph could strike again Wednesday, so be careful. There will be a high of 56 and a low of 42. [AccuWeather]

  • All five Beard Award regional finalists are from Chicago

All five nominees for the prestigious James Beard Award for Best Chef: Great Lakes are from Chicago, so congratulations to Fat Rice (Abraham Conlon and Adrienne Lo), Grace (Mark Duffy), Sepia (Andrew Zimmerman), Nico Osteria (Erling Wu-Bower), and Boka (Lee Wolen), one of whom is bound to take home the award at the May 2 ceremony, to be held in—Chicago. [DNAinfo Chicago]

  • General Electric to add 100 jobs in the booming West Loop

Chicago may have missed out on the chance to be GE's headquarters, but the company is planning on adding 100 new tech jobs in the city this year. GE Transportation will base its new Digital Solutions business in the West Loop and add 60 more jobs in Barrington. [Chicago Tribune]

  • There's a new artistic tribute to the labor movement in Pullman

If you've wandered around Pullman recently, you may have noticed the life-size cutouts of people (and a dog) installed on garages and buildings. It's the work of artist JB Daniel, who's adding photos of well-known labor leaders such as United Steelworkers Union boss Alice Peurala, Cesar Chavez, Frederick Douglass, and Eugene V. Debs, to remind the neighborhood of its rich history. [DNAinfo Chicago]

  • Trump Tower used foreign student labor with J-1 visas

Presidential candidate Donald Trump has promised to ban J-1 visas, which bring around 300,000 foreign student workers to the U.S. each year. However, he hasn't been practicing what he preaches. The Trump Tower in Chicago has been bringing over students on J-1 visas for years to work at its Terrace Restaurant. [Associated Press via Chicago Tribune]

  • Target continues its Chicago takeover with Hyde Park store

It seems like Target stores have been popping up all over the city the past few years. And now, the Minneapolis-based retail giant is planning a Hyde Park store for late 2016 or early 2017. [ABC7 Chicago]


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