Former political power couple Jesse Jackson Jr. and Sandi Jackson are divorcing, and other Chicago news

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Former U.S. rep Jesse Jackson Jr. and former alderman Sandi Jackson ask each other for their votes as they arrive at a polling station in 2012. - AP PHOTO/M. SPENCER GREEN
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  • Former U.S. rep Jesse Jackson Jr. and former alderman Sandi Jackson ask each other for their votes as they arrive at a polling station in 2012.

Welcome to the Reader's morning briefing for Wednesday, December 14, 2016.

  • Weather: Very cold again

The arctic air gets even colder Wednesday, with a high of 19 and a low of one. It will be mostly cloudy and will get dangerously cold as the sun goes down. [AccuWeather]

  • Jesse Jackson Jr. files for divorce from Sandi Jackson

Former congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. has filed for divorce from former alderman Sandi Jackson. Once a Chicago political power couple on par with the Obamas, the Jacksons both went to prison after pleading guilty to taking $750,000 in campaign funds for personal use. The couple has been married for 25 years.  Jesse Jackson Jr. is asking that their children live with him. [Sun-Times]

  • City Council committee recommends paying the family of police shooting victim $3 million

The City Council finance committee has recommended paying the family of 17-year-old unarmed police shooting victim Cedrick Chatman $3 million. Chatman was shot in January 2013 while running away from officers. The incident was caught on surveillance video, which contradicted the story of the police officers involved. "We have to stand behind our officers," Alderman David Moore said. "But we can't keep allowing officers to cover up wrongdoing. These incidents keep happening. It has to stop." [DNAinfo Chicago]

  • Condo buildings are increasingly banning Airbnb rentals

More than 900 Chicago condo buildings don't allow residents to rent out their homes on home-sharing websites like Airbnb, according to Crain's Chicago Business. When the city's new home-sharing regulations go into effect December 17, the number of local listings on sites like Airbnb could dramatically decrease. There were 8,221 Chicago rentals available on Airbnb in October, which is a 56 percent increase over October 2015. [Crain's Chicago Business]

  • Well-known atheist Rob Sherman dies in plane crash

Rob Sherman, perhaps Illinois's most famous atheist, died in a single-engine plane crash in a rural area of McHenry County over the weekend, according to the Tribune. He fought public prayers and mentions of God in the Chicago area and across the country. "He was dedicated to his causes, for sure," suburban Township High School District 214 school board member Miriam "Mimi" Cooper told the Tribune. "Our politics were certainly not the same, but he was a very interesting man, very charming, very respectful." [Tribune]

  • The National Endowment for the Arts grants Gene Siskel Film Center $10 K for Black Harvest Film Festival

The National Endowment for the Arts has granted $10,000 to the Gene Siskel Film Center to fund its annual Black Harvest Film Festival. "We are very grateful for their support and the endorsement of our work," the center's executive director, Jean de St. Aubin, said in a statement. The NEA gave $1,432,500 to 48 different arts organizations in the area, including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Joffrey Ballet, the Chicago International Film Festival, and the Hyde Park Art Center. [Sun-Times]


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