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Welcome to the Reader's morning briefing for Friday, September 29, 2017. Have a great weekend!
On Wednesday Playboy founder Hugh Hefner passed away at the Playboy Mansion in Los Angeles, but the 91-year-old's formative years took place in Chicago. Born at Michael Reese Hospital, Hefner was raised on the northwest side and graduated from Steinmetz High School. "When I was a child, the street lights were still gas," he once recalled. "And you got your milk and coal and ice delivered by horse-drawn wagons. And at night, you could hear the train whistles. One of the loveliest sounds in the world." Hefner was living in Hyde Park when he produced the first edition of his iconic magazine. The original Playboy Mansion was located in the Gold Coast, just blocks from the first Playboy Club, the Playboy Towers Hotel, the Playboy Theater and the magazine's headquarters. [Tribune] [DNAinfo Chicago]
Outraging many Republicans, Governor Bruce Rauner signed House Bill 40, expanding insurance coverage for abortion and ensuring it remains legal in Illinois if Roe vs. Wade is overturned, the Sun-Times reports. "I am being true to my values and my views," he said Thursday at a news conference announcing his decision. "I have to do what I believe is right for the people of Illinois. And I have to be consistent with my values." [Sun-Times]
The Chicago Cubs have clinched the National League Central Division champions title for the second year in a row, earning their third consecutive spot in the postseason. The Cubs will take on the Washington Nationals in the National League Division Series starting October 6 in Washington, D.C. [DNAinfo Chicago]
Former Northwestern University professor Wyndham Lathem and Oxford University employee Andrew Warren both pleaded not guilty in court to first-degree murder charges for the death of Trenton Cornell-Duranleau, who was stabbed more than 70 times in Lathem's River North condominium July 27. [Associated Press. via CBS News]
The city of Chicago's law department "plans to bring action against Equifax, [the] mega consumer credit-reporting agency whose computer system was hacked recently, exposing highly sensitive background information on 143 million Americans," the Sun-Times reports. Mayor Rahm Emanuel and aldermen Brian Hopkins and Ed Burke are leading the charge. "There is a provision in the city's municipal code enabling us to bring action against companies that commit fraud on our citizens through negligence or conspiracy—and failing to report it immediately," Hopkins said. [Sun-Times]
Musicals based on the movie Pretty Woman and the life of Cher are set to make pre-Broadway debuts in Chicago in 2018. Bryan Adams cowrote the songs for Pretty Woman, which will star Samantha Barks (of the film Les Miserables) and Tony Award-winning Steve Kazee (of the Broadway Once). It will run for five weeks starting March 13 at the Oriental Theatre. The Cher Story will also run at the Oriental Theatre, from June 12 through July 15. [New York Times] [Playbill]