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Welcome to the Reader's morning briefing for Friday, November 11, 2016. Have a great weekend!
It will be cooler Friday, with a high of 51 and a low of 36. It should be sunny and nice. [AccuWeather]
The beating of a 50-year-old man by a group of people in North Lawndale was caught on video. In it, people can be heard yelling "Don't vote Trump!" and "Steal his stuff," according to DNAinfo Chicago. The Chicago Police Department says its officers responded to a battery at the intersection shown in the video Wednesday afternoon, and that the victim was taken to a hospital in good condition. [DNAinfo Chicago]
President Barack Obama's administration has championed the investigation and reform of police departments around the country, including the Chicago Police Department, but the work could end shortly after president-elect Donald Trump takes office, according to the Marshall Project. The Department of Justice will likely change drastically with the possible appointment of New Jersey governor Chris Christie or former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani as attorney general. "I am terrified that Donald Trump has wrapped himself in the mythology of the War on Police," says Jonathan Smith, who worked in the DOJ under Obama, according to the Marshall Project. "I'm worried that not only will the investigations cease or become less effective, but also the current consent decrees will not be enforced." [The Marshall Project]
Former Illinois Republican congressman Aaron Schock has been indicted on 24 counts, including wire fraud. Schock made national headlines in 2015 for his Downton Abbey-themed office and an extravagant lifestyle showcased on Instagram. "This indictment will look bad, but underneath it is just made-up allegations of criminal activity arising from unintentional administrative errors," his attorney George J. Terwilliger said in a statement. "These charges are the culmination of an effort to find something, anything, to take down Aaron Schock." [New York Times]
The Cook County Board of Commissioners passed a new penny-per-ounce soda tax Thursday that will add 68 cents to the price of a two-liter bottle of soda, according to DNAinfo Chicago. County Board president Toni Preckwinkle was the deciding vote in favor of the tax, which she says should reduce soda consumption and raise $75 million a year for the county. [DNAinfo Chicago]