Rahm Emanuel launches $1 million legal defense fund for undocumented immigrants, and other Chicago news | Bleader

Rahm Emanuel launches $1 million legal defense fund for undocumented immigrants, and other Chicago news

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Mayor Rahm Emanuel speaks Wednesday during a City Council meeting. - SANTIAGO COVARRUBIAS/SUN-TIMES
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  • Mayor Rahm Emanuel speaks Wednesday during a City Council meeting.

Welcome to the Reader's morning briefing for Monday, December 5, 2016.

  • Weather: A bit of sunshine and no more snow

It will be a little warmer Monday, with a high of 39 and a low of 34. There will be periods of sun and then periods of clouds. There's virtually no chance of snow or rain. [AccuWeather]

  • Mayor Rahm Emanuel sets aside $1 million to help undocumented immigrants

Mayor Rahm Emanuel is setting aside $1 million to "provide immediate legal information, screening and consultations" for 3,000 more undocumented immigrants in a partnership with the National Immigrant Protection Center, according to DNAinfo Chicago. "Chicago has a proud history of diversity and inclusion, and my administration will do everything in our power to ensure that immigrants remain safe, secure and supported," the mayor said in a statement. "Because the election has created anxiety and uncertainty, we've created a legal fund to help ensure immigrants and refugees have access to legal guidance." [DNAinfo Chicago]

  • Former congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. asks Obama for mass pardons via Facebook

Ex U.S. rep Jesse Jackson Jr. has called on President Barack Obama to grant mass pardons to former prison inmates, possibly including himself. "There are millions of people who have learned their lessons, will never return to prison, who still need a clean slate," he wrote in a Facebook post. "If you give it to them, it will be a miracle in their lives." Jackson Jr. resigned from his congressional seat in 2012 and spent time in prison for allegedly misusing campaign funds. [Sun-Times]

  • Professional boxer Ed Brown dies in East Garfield Park shooting

Boxer Ed Brown, 25, died after being shot in the head while sitting with his cousin in a car in East Garfield Park, according to ESPN. Brown had been shot twice before, and his manager, Cameron Dunkin, had "begged him to get out of Chicago." It's not the first time tragedy has struck the Brown family; his mother was one of the 21 people killed in the E2 nightclub stampede in 2003. "He lost his life at 25 years old for nothing." Dunkin told told ESPN. "Those people in Chicago shoot you for no reason. It'd be different if he was out there gangbanging or running around or dealing drugs. He wasn't doing any of those things." [ESPN]

  • Trump swastika stickers surface in the South Loop

A disturbing number of swastika stickers bearing the last name of president-elect Donald Trump have surfaced throughout the South Loop over the past month. The city has been "very, very good" at quickly removing the stickers from the street signs and other property, a spokesman for alderman Pat Dowell told DNAinfo Chicago. [DNAinfo Chicago]

  • Susana Mendoza will take Illinois comptroller oath Monday

Chicago city clerk Susana Mendoza will officially become state comptroller around 10 AM Monday,when she takes the oath of office in Springfield. Mendoza, a Democrat, beat Republican Comptroller Leslie Munger in a heated, high-profile race in November. [Tribune]


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