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Welcome to the Reader's morning briefing for Wednesday, September 20, 2017.
The vast majority of Chicagoans despise President Donald Trump, which is making Mayor Rahm Emanuel's job easier. Trump received only 12.5 percent of the vote in Chicago, so "fighting the president, if you're asking me from a political standpoint, is easier," Emanuel said at a climate change conference in New York City. "Second is, he's on the wrong side of history, and third, he doesn't really have the policy analysis to deal with the problem [of climate change]. So on every measure you want to do, he's short of 50 percent." [Tribune]
FIve Wheaton College football players have been charged with felony counts of aggravated battery, mob action, and unlawful restraint for allegedly hazing a fellow football player in March 2016, according to CBS Chicago. "This has had a devastating effect on my life. What was done to me should never occur in connection with participation in a football program or any other activity," the unnamed victim said in a statement. [CBS Chicago]
The chair of the Garry McCarthy for Mayor Exploratory Committee is hoping to prove that the former Chicago Police Department superintendent could win the race, in order to convince him to run. "He'd like to see two things: that we have the financial wherewithal . . . that can help fund an effective campaign to get his message out to the people of Chicago. And that the citizens would want him to be mayor," committee chair Brian McCormack told the Sun-Times. "After we bring that back to him, then he'll make a decision whether he runs or not. . . . I'm not saying he's for sure running. I'm saying that our committee has some work to do and, if we get our work done successfully, which I know we will, then we'll sit down with him and he'll make a decision." [Sun-Times]
Former Chicago Bears player Charles "Peanut" Tillman is training to join the Federal Bureau of Investigation a year after retiring from football, according to the Tribune. "What a guy," former Bears coach Dave Wannstedt told the newspaper. "Charles Tillman is as good as they come, and I had a great time working with him." [Tribune]
An attorney representing Kenneka Jenkins's mother and an investigator retraced the teen's steps at the Crowne Plaza Chicago O'Hare Hotel & Conference Center in Rosemont Tuesday. They took photos while they toured the hotel and spent time in the room where the 19-year-old was last seen, according to the Sun-Times. Jenkins was found dead in a freezer in the hotel's kitchen September 10. [Sun-Times]
Bottled Blonde's final liquor license hearing with the city has been delayed because the controversial restaurant's attorney is in jail on drug charges. Attorney Timothy Fitzgerald was arrested and charged with two counts of delivery and manufacturing of marijuana and maintaining a drug house in Berrien County, Michigan, last week, according to DNAinfo Chicago. The River North establishment fired the 72-year-old after he failed to appear at Tuesday's hearing. [DNAinfo Chicago]