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Sessions: DOJ will crack down on federal grants for sanctuary cities, and other Chicago news

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions, accompanied by White House press secretary Sean Spicer, talks to the media at the White House Monday. - AP PHOTO/ANDREW HARNIK
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  • Attorney General Jeff Sessions, accompanied by White House press secretary Sean Spicer, talks to the media at the White House Monday.

Welcome to the Reader's morning briefing for Tuesday, March 28, 2017.

  • Sessions: DOJ will crack down on funding for sanctuary cities, including Chicago

The U.S. Department of Justice will "claw back" police money for about 200 sanctuary states and cities, including Chicago, if they continue not to hand over undocumented immigrants for deportation, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced Monday. Cities will have to prove that "they aren't impeding communication between their police and federal immigration authorities in order to continue receiving Justice Department grants," according to Bloomberg. "The American people are not happy with these results," Sessions said. "They know that when cities and states refuse to help enforce our immigration laws, our nation is less safe." After past threats to cut funding to sanctuary cities by President Donald Trump's administration, Mayor Rahm Emanuel has promised that Chicago will remain one. [Sun-Times] [Bloomberg]

  • An ICE agent shot and wounded a man while serving an arrest warrant

A man was shot and wounded by a U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement agent in the Belmont Cragin neighborhood Monday morning. The ICE agent was serving an arrest warrant at a home when the father of the man named in the warrant allegedly pointed a gun at agents. One of the agents fired at the father and injured him, according to a statement from ICE. Family members identified the wounded man as Felix Torres; his daughter Carmen Torres denied allegations that he was armed. "It's a lie when they say he was holding a gun. He doesn't even own a gun," she told DNAinfo Chicago. "They shot my dad. They shot him, and I don't know why." [Tribune] [DNAinfo Chicago]

  • Chicago Blues Experience museum to open near Millennium Park in 2019

A 50,000-square-foot museum dedicated to Chicago's blues music will open in the Loop in 2019, according to Crain's Chicago Business. The Chicago Blues Experience is scheduled to open at 25 E. Washington in the spring of 2019. "The black music tradition of Chicago has shaped world music, yet we haven't honored it, we haven't celebrated it, we haven't focused on it," said Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events commissioner Mark Kelly. "This gives us an opportunity to do that." [Crain's Chicago Business]

  • Inbound Eisenhower Expressway lanes near Kedzie shut down for shooting investigation

    A shooting investigation shut down the inbound lanes of the Eisenhower Expressway near Kedzie Avenue Monday afternoon. A witness spotted the occupants of two vehicles on I-290 shooting at each other; one shell casing was subsequently found, according to Illinois State Police. Authorities weren't aware of any injuries or victims as of Monday afternoon. [NBC Chicago]

  • Study: More than half of adult West Englewood residents smoke

More than half of adults living in West Englewood smoked, and 76 percent of the smokers are trying to quit, according to a new health study. The Sinai Community Health Survey studied nearly 2,000 residents in nine different neighborhoods: West Englewood, Chicago Lawn, Gage Park, Hermosa, Humboldt Park, North Lawndale, Norwood Park, South Lawndale, and part of West Town. West Englewood had the highest percentage of smokers at 51 percent, followed by Humboldt Park at 41 percent. Both neighborhoods are significantly above the national average: about 17 percent of Americans are smokers. [DNAinfo Chicago]

  • Au Cheval owner to open sushi lounge in River North

Brendan Sodikoff, the owner of Au Cheval, the Three Arts Club Cafe, Gilt Bar, and several other popular restaurants, is planning to open a sushi lounge in River North called Radio Anago. "I want it to be more of a sushi restaurant with an izakaya feel, with a fun menu and possibly dim-sum style where we walk around with different rolls so if you want it, you grab it," he told Crain's Chicago Business. The "affordable" restaurant will seat 50 and won't have a sushi bar. [Crain's Chicago Business] [h/t Eater Chicago]


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