Welcome to the Reader's morning briefing for Tuesday, September 12, 2017.
On Monday the city of Chicago had its first court hearing Monday in its lawsuit to stop Attorney General Jeff Sessions from withholding Department of Justice grants from sanctuary cities. Representing City Hall, attorney Ronald Safer asked U.S. district court judge Harry Leinenweber for a nationwide injunction that would prevent the Trump administration from defunding sanctuary cities, according to the Sun-Times. Safer told Leinenweber that if he sided with Trump he "would be the first judge in the nation to endorse this unprecedented seizure of power." Leinenweber didn't make a ruling during the hearing, simply telling the attorneys "you will hear from us." [Sun-Times]
A Cook County judge has sealed statements former Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke made to an investigator two days after he shot Laquan McDonald to death in 2014. Cook County judge Vincent Gaughan ruled that prosecutors will not be able to use the audio recording or transcript of the interview during Van Dyke's trial for first-degree murder. A legal rule prohibits statements that officers are required to give from being used against them in a criminal case. [Associated Press via WGN TV h/t Politico Illinois Playbook]
Electric car manufacturer Tesla is installing charging stations in major cities including Chicago, where one opened at 225 N. Columbus Monday. The new station can charge up to ten cars at once, according to the Associated Press. [Associated Press via Tribune]
Former governor Rod Blagojevich has been interviewed for the first time since he entered prison in Colorado in March 2012. NBC Chicago reporter Phil Rogers's two-and-a-half-hour Q&A will air in three segments Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday; a half-hour special will run on Friday. [NBC Chicago]
The Chicago Architecture Foundation's annual Open House Chicago has added sites in Logan Square and Avondale for the first time. The Stan Mansion, Aloft Circus Arts, Metropolis Coffee, and Revolution Brewing will be among the more than 200 buildings open to the public October 14 and October 15. More than 100,000 people attended the event in 2016. [Curbed Chicago]
Bob Dylan and Mavis Staples will be the first artists to perform at the new Wintrust Arena October 27. "The music of Bob Dylan and Mavis Staples defined generations and I can't think of a better inaugural performance for this new venue on the south side of Chicago," Mayor Rahm Emanuel said in a statement. Staples, a Chicago native, and Dylan are touring together this fall. Tickets for the Chicago concert go on sale Friday. [DNAinfo Chicago]