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Welcome to the Reader's morning briefing for Tuesday, June 13, 2017.
The Cook County Jail is operating without federal oversight for the first time in more than 40 years, according to the Tribune. A judge found last week that the jail had met the terms of a 2010 consent decree, allowing the facility to exit the federal oversight in place since 1974, though the jail's hospital remains under the decree. The consent decree came about after the Department of Justice in 2007 "investigated allegations of abuse and unconstitutional confinement, issuing a report a year later that found glaring deficiencies across the board, including in medical care, detainee safety and excessive force," the newspaper reports. "Upon becoming sheriff in 2007, it was evident that drastic reforms were needed at the jail," Cook County sheriff Tom Dart said in a statement. "Prior to the DOJ report, I began a systematic overhaul of the jail, working with the federal court and others to address the many issues identified. Today, we have systems and structures that are looked at as a beacon for correctional facilities around the country." [Tribune]
Democratic gubernatorial candidate and alderman Ameya Pawar says that Democrats have "paved the way for people like Bruce Rauner and Donald Trump" because the party has forgotten the working class as it courts big business. "There is no doubt that the Democratic Party in this country, in our country, has paved the way for people like Bruce Rauner and Donald Trump," Pawar said in an interview with WGN Radio. "It's because we've spent the last 35 years cozying up to big-business interests without thinking about how people have been left behind."[Tribune]
Alexis Stubbs, 12, was stabbed to death in her apartment building in the 4600 block of N. Beacon in the Sheridan Park neighborhood near Uptown Sunday. Stubbs was beaten and stabbed multiple times around 9:45 PM, according to authorities. "She looked like a little Shirley Temple," the building's maintenance man, Reggie Taylor, said. "Little curls. . . . Very happy all the time." By Monday night authorities had charged 31-year-old John Singleton, described by the Sun-Times as the "ex-paramour" of Stubbs's mother's, with the murder. Stubbs's best friend, 13-year-old Tianna Hollinside, drowned off Rogers Beach Park in May. [Sun-Times] [DNAinfo Chicago]
Governor Bruce Rauner signed a bill that will grant bail relief for nonviolent offenders in Illinois jails. The legislation, which is effective immediately, should reduce jail overcrowding and is "an important step in improving our state's criminal justice system," according to Rauner. Nonviolent offenders will have "bail reviewed quickly and perhaps lowered if they're indigent" and while jailed will earn credit toward paying any eventual fines if they are convicted, according to NBC Chicago. "Our system must work equally for all our residents, in every community, regardless of their income," said Rauner. "We should be focused on putting people in jobs not jail." [NBC Chicago]
Local LGBT activists and allies gathered at Midsommarfest in Andersonville Sunday to hold an Equality Rally. Concerns about losing rights under President Donald Trump's administration were front and center during rallies and marches held across the country in partnership with the Equality March in Washington, D.C. Chicago organizers intended their demonstration to show their solidarity with the city's diverse communities under threat. [Associated Press via WGN-TV]
New Zealand-based coffee chain Mojo officially opened its first Chicago location at 200 S. Wacker Monday morning. There's no Wi-Fi, so customers can "come to talk and share ideas," and there's a grab-and-go "food cabinet"; a patio is slated to open later this week, according to DNAinfo Chicago. The coffee selection has been popular with early guests: "They're reintroducing coffee as how it should be done," customer Catalina Gaete said. [DNAinfo Chicago]