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Welcome to the Reader's morning briefing for Wednesday, September 13, 2017.
A Facebook Live video has become a focus in the investigation into 19-year-old Kenneka Jenkins's mysterious death at a Rosemont hotel. The west-side resident was found dead early Sunday morning in an industrial freezer at the Crowne Plaza Chicago O'Hare Hotel & Conference Center, where she'd been attending a party with friends early Saturday morning. Millions of people have watched the video posted by one of Jenkins's friends, which appears to show her sitting in a hotel room. "Yes, [the police have] looked at it and continue to look at it and all the other social media videos and posts," Rosemont spokesman Gary Mack told the Tribune. "They are leaving no stone unturned as far as trying to corral everyone they can and talk to them and interview them about what happened and what was going on that night." [Tribune]
Former governor Rod Blagojevich has given interviews for the first time since entering prison in March 2012, speaking to reporters at NBC 5 and Chicago magazine. Blagojevich seems to be making the best of his 14-year sentence, helping fellow inmates get ready for job interviews, mopping floors, and performing with his band, the Jailhouse Rockers. He insists he doesn't hold a grudge against any of the people who put him in prison. "I take one day at a time, and I have a purpose. My purpose is very simple, that I have to be strong and deal with this affliction and accept the fate that's been assigned to me in a meaningful way," he told NBC 5's Phil Rogers. [Sun-Times] [NBC 5] [Chicago]
Archbishop Blase Cupich has issued a ban on guns—including licensed firearms—at all properties owned by the Archdiocese of Chicago, effective Sunday. The ban includes schools and churches, where only police will be allowed to carry weapons. "The intent of this policy is to balance the rights of all who approach Archdiocesan churches, schools or other facilities with the greatest possible protection for children, the elderly and otherwise vulnerable people of our society," Cupich wrote in an order sent to parishes. [DNAinfo Chicago]
The Chicago Police Department's overtime costs are on the rise again. The department is "on pace to spend nearly $200 million on overtime in 2017—40 percent more than last year's record—despite a two-year hiring surge intended to allow for attribution and bolster the force by 970 officers," according to the Sun-Times. By the end of July CPD had spent $95 million on overtime for the year, $30 million of it in that month alone. [Sun-Times]
Second City raised more than $200,000 for Gilda's Club Chicago and its alumni fund during its George Wendt roast September 9. Jason Sudeikis hosted the event, which featured appearances by Chris Rock, Bob Odenkirk, David Koechner, Jeff Tweedy, Joel Murray, and many more. "People will talk about how special this evening was for years to come," Second City chief executive officer Andrew Alexander said. "It was a wonderful, hilarious, once-in-a-lifetime event that benefited two outstanding organizations in ways far beyond the monies raised, and cheers to George for being a great sport and a great friend to this community." [DNAinfo Chicago]
The long-awaited Apple Store at the Chicago River is set to open October 20. Apple executive Angela Ahrendts says that the new store in Pioneer Court will "transform the riverfront." [Curbed Chicago]