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Chance the Rapper announcing a $1 million donation to Chicago Public Schools Monday - ASHLEE REZIN/SUN-TIMES
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  • Chance the Rapper announcing a $1 million donation to Chicago Public Schools Monday

Welcome to the Reader's morning briefing for Tuesday, March 7, 2017.

  • Talks between Chance the Rapper and Rauner are over, Chance donates $1 million to CPS

Chicago Public Schools alumnus Chance the Rapper is donating $1 million to the district for arts education programs, but the rapper wasn't able to find common ground with Governor Bruce Rauner when it comes to solving CPS's financial crisis. The two men met Friday to discuss ways to find enough money to keep the schools open through the end of the year, but Chance said Rauner only gave "vague answers." Hours before the Grammy Award-winning rapper announced his donation, Rauner released two new ideas for raising money for CPS: "Passing legislation that would allow Mayor Rahm Emanuel to tap into the city's tax increment financing funds to cover the cost" and reforming Illinois's pension retirement system through legislation that would earmark money for CPS, according to the Tribune. [DNAinfo Chicago] [Tribune]

  • Local immigration activists: Trump's modified travel ban is still unacceptable

President Donald Trump introduced a modified travel and immigration ban that bars immigrants and visitors from six of the seven predominantly Muslim countries that the original policy named. The law will go into effect March 16 and last for 90 days. Citizens from Sudan, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, and Yemen who didn't have a U.S. visa when the highly controversial original ban went into effect January 27 will be barred. Citizens of Iraq, who were banned in the first order, will be able to visit and immigrate to the U.S. "Make no mistake that this is still very much a Muslim ban," Ahlam Jbara, a board member of the Arab American Action Network, told the Tribune. "Immigrants from six of the original seven Muslim-majority Middle Eastern, Arab, and African countries will be targeted and disallowed entry into the U.S., and refugees won't be accepted here either." Illinois senators Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth slammed the revised ban, calling it unconstitutional. [Tribune] [Associated Press via Crain's Chicago Business]  

  • Fraternal Order of Police head: Chicago cops care more about black citizens' lives than "a lot of black politicians"

Dean Angelo Sr., president of the local Fraternal Order of Police union, says that police officers care more about black lives than many of the black politicians who slam them. "Police officers are more concerned about black lives than a lot of black politicians, because we risk our life for people that don't look like us," Angelo said during an interview with the Aldercast. He's currently running for reelection as head of the union, according to Chicagoist. "Politicians that demonize the police, and these activists that think all the sudden we're the problem, we're not the problem," he said. "We're not the demon out there. We're the ones you call when your junk is hitting the fan, because you know we're gonna come." [Chicagoist]

  • Army veteran with green card facing deportation to Mexico

Army private first class Miguel Perez Jr., who served in two tours of duty of Afghanistan, is facing deportation to Mexico for a nonviolent drug offense despite having a green card, according to ABC 7 Chicago. He suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder and sustained a brain injury during an explosion. [ABC 7 Chicago]

  • Suburban accountant charged with anti-Semitic hate crime

Suburban accountant Stuart Wright, 31, allegedly placed swastika stickers on the doors of a Loop synagogue and smashed its front window in February. When the suburban native was arrested, police found Nazi paraphernalia outside the home. It wasn't the first run-in with the law for Wright, who has a master's degree from DePaul University. [Sun-Times]

  • The Aviary expanding to New York

Acclaimed cocktail bar the Aviary is expanding to New York City. The Alinea Group will open its first location outside of Chicago in Manhattan's Mandarin Oriental Hotel in addition to a New York outpost of the Aviary's accompanying speakeasy, the Office. [Eater Chicago]


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