Villa Park man arrested for allegedly raising money to send ISIS fighters from the U.S. to Syria, and other Chicago | Bleader

Villa Park man arrested for allegedly raising money to send ISIS fighters from the U.S. to Syria, and other Chicago


Fighters pose for a photograph with a flag of the Islamic State
  • Fighters pose for a photograph with a flag of the Islamic State

Welcome to the Reader's morning briefing for Friday, September 1, 2017.

  • Villa Park man arrested for allegedly fund-raising for ISIS

Dilshod Khusanov, 31, was arrested at his Villa Park home early Thursday morning "on charges out of New York that alleged he raised money in 2015 to help send fighters from the U.S. to ISIS fronts in Syria," according to the Tribune. Public records show that Khusanov, a native of Uzbekistan, had moved to Villa Park from New York only recently. Prosecutors asked a judge in a federal court hearing Thursday to detain Khusanov until he can be taken back to Brooklyn to face a "two-count indictment charging him with conspiring and attempting to provide material support to the Islamic State and a second terrorist organization, al-Nusrah Front," the Tribune reports. [Tribune]

  • Family of man shot to death by CPD officer in 2011 asks for special prosecutor

Former Chicago Police officer Gildardo Sierra shot and killed unarmed 29-year-old Flint Farmer while on duty in July 2011, his third shooting in six months and the second one fatal. Farmer's family "petitioned Thursday for the appointment of a special prosecutor to investigate whether criminal charges should be filed," the Tribune reports. Sierra confessed that he drank multiple beers before his shift, according to court records, but former Cook County state's attorney Anita Alvarez declined to charge him in 2013. The Independent Police Review Authority ruled that it was an unjustified shooting in 2016. "I just believe that now is the time for someone to do something," the victim's father, Emmett Farmer, said Thursday. [Tribune]

  • Eddie Johnson's kidney transplant was a success

Chicago Police Department Eddie Johnson has a new kidney after a "successful" transplant surgery Wednesday. He's already back to checking e-mail after the three-hour procedure. Johnson's 25-year-old son, Daniel, was the donor. "The superintendent looks really good," one of Johnson's surgeons, Dr. Edward Hollinger, said at a news conference Thursday. "He's awake. He's sitting up. He's probably by now sitting in a chair." [Sun-Times] [Tribune]

  • Emanuel defends property tax increase in education funding bill signed by Rauner

Mayor Rahm Emanuel defended the 2.5 percent property tax increase included in the state's new education funding plan, signed by Governor Bruce Rauner Thursday afternoon. The revenue generated by the increase will "avert a train wreck" in the future, the mayor said. "We are all being asked to pay for other people's refusal to step up in the past," Emanuel said. "That's what created this problem. And we've now averted that crisis and that train wreck." [DNAinfo Chicago] [Quad-City Times]

  • Emanuel lets the Cubs add one extra night game

Mayor Rahm Emanuel is letting the Chicago Cubs play an extra night game September 8. Emanuel allowed the team to move its afternoon game against the Milwaukee Brewers to the evening in order to give the Cubs an extra boost in the tight race for the National League Central Division Championship. The team's night game in Pittsburgh on September 7 would have made it a challenge to return to Wrigley Field for a 1:20 PM game. "The Cubs winning ballgames is a winner for the city too," Emanuel said. "With the Cubs in the thick of the pennant race, we're going to make sure the Cubs can focus on doing what they need to do: winning ballgames and bringing another World Series back to Chicago."    [DNAinfo Chicago]

  • A barber shop by day, restaurant and cocktail lounge by night is coming to Fulton Market

A new barber shop that transforms into a restaurant and speakeasy in the evening is coming to Chicago. The Blind Barber, which already has locations in Los Angeles and New York City, is opening its first Chicago location in the Fulton Market district September 22. Eater Chicago has pictures of the concept. [Eater Chicago]