Chicago is suing the Department of Justice over federal funding for sanctuary cities, and other news | Bleader

Chicago is suing the Department of Justice over federal funding for sanctuary cities, and other news

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Mayor Rahm Emanuel speaks during a news conference in Chicago. - AP PHOTO/MATT MARTON, FILE
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  • Mayor Rahm Emanuel speaks during a news conference in Chicago.

Welcome to the Reader's morning briefing for Monday, August 7, 2017.

  • The city of Chicago is planning to sue the DOJ over sanctuary city funding

The city of Chicago is planning to sue the Department of Justice, "claiming it's illegal for the federal government to withhold public safety grant money from so-called sanctuary cities," according to the Tribune. The lawsuit, which is expected to be filed today, will argue that Attorney General Jeff Sessions can't withhold federal grants from so-called sanctuary cities, which which place restrictions on cooperating with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials seeking to deport people. "We are not going to be between picking our values of who we are as a welcoming city, and strengthening our police department," Emanuel told WGN Radio in an interview that ran last night. "We're not going to actually auction off our values as a city, so Monday morning the city of Chicago is going to court; we're going to take the Justice Department to court based on this. We find it unlawful and unconstitutional to be, as a city, coerced on a policy." [Tribune]

  • Chance the Rapper tells huge Lollapalooza crowds: "Put pressure on politicians to put you first. . . . Come at me, Rahm"

Chance the Rapper's headlining act drew huge crowds at Lollapalooza Saturday night. Saying he wanted the concert to be for his fellow Chicagoans, Chance refused to let the festival livestream his performance, reports DNAinfo Chicago. The rapper's father, Ken Bennett, used to be Mayor Rahm Emanuel's deputy chief of staff, but that didn't keep Chance (given name Chancelor Bennett) from criticizing the mayor during his set: "You have all the power. Put pressure on politicians to put you first. . . . Come at me, Rahm," he said. [DNAinfo Chicago] [Tribune]


  • Northwestern professor accused of murder to make his first court appearance in California

Northwestern University microbiology professor Wyndham Lathem, 42, and Oxford University employee Andrew Warren, 56, surrendered to law enforcement in California Friday after a nationwide manhunt for the two men accused of a murder in River North. Lathem, who is facing first-degree murder charges in the death of Trenton Cornell-Duranleau, 26, will make his first court appearance Monday morning in California but is expected to return to Illinois in the next few days. "He's not contesting his transport back to Chicago; he's not insisting on staying in California," his attorney Adam Sheppard told the Tribune. "We expect it to be a very brief hearing. He wants to continue in his vein of cooperation and come back here and face the charges." Lathem remains "hopeful," according to Sheppard. [Tribune]

  • Trump nominates former federal prosecutor John Lausch as Chicago's next U.S. attorney

President Donald Trump has nominated Kirkland & Ellis LLP partner John Lausch Jr. to serve as the next U.S. attorney in Chicago. Lausch is a former federal prosecutor and supervisor in the U.S. attorney's office who worked as the office's violent crime coordinator and was head of the Anti-Gang and Project Safe Neighborhoods programs. "John brings a strong public safety background to the office, and it is my hope that he will use the power of that office to increase the federal prosecution of gun crimes in Chicago and strengthen public safety in our communities," Mayor Rahm Emanuel said in a statement. The U.S. Senate will have to confirm Lausch's appointment to replace acting U.S. attorney Joel Levin. Former Chicago U.S. attorney Zachary Fardon was one of the many President Barack Obama appointees asked to resign by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and Levin has been leading the office for more than four months. [Sun-Times]

  • Chicago police can't charge a man caught with 60 phones at Lollapalooza

Chicago police caught a man with 60 phones at Lollapalooza, but authorities can't charge him because there are no complaints against him from victims so far, DNAinfo Chicago reports. Lollapalooza attendees who lost their phones can claim them through Lollapalooza's page at Crowndfind. [DNAinfo Chicago]


  • Jolly Pumpkin hopes to open its Hyde Park brewpub in early October

Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ale is hoping to open its Hyde Park brewpub in early October, according to Eater Chicago. The Michigan-based craft brewery is still working on its highly anticipated 5,800-square-foot restaurant at 1504 E. Harper Court. [Eater Chicago]


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