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Welcome to the Reader's morning briefing for Monday, October 2, 2017.
U.S. representative Luis Gutierrez is in Puerto Rico to help the Federal Emergency Management Agency with hurricane relief efforts and is calling for military assistance on the island, based on the damage he has seen. "FEMA cannot do it alone," Gutierrez told the Sun-Times. "There should just be hundreds of helicopters running relief, rescue, rescue efforts, to get people out of harm's way," said the congressman, who lived on the island as a teen and owns a condo near San Juan. (He was able to reach his wife's family and fly several members out on Sunday.) "We need the military to bring the communication systems and surround the island with floating satellite, they can do, they can put them up in the air, they can put them in balloons up in the air, so people can at least tell you, send their SOS's. There are people in the mountains of Puerto Rico who have painted their roofs with paint saying 'help me.'" [Sun-Times]
More than 1,000 people attended 19-year-old Kenneka Jenkins's funeral at the House of Hope Church on the south side Saturday. Many of the attendees never knew Jenkins and learned of her mysterious death through social media. Jenkins was found dead in a freezer in a Rosemont hotel September 10, and her strange death quickly gained national attention and spurred conspiracy theories. "We're not here to solve this, we're not here to ask questions," Reverend James Meeks told the crowd during the service. "We're here to wrap our arms around a mother, a father, many aunts and uncles and friends who have lost a loved one." [Sun-Times]
Chicago is a much cheaper city to live in than San Francisco or New York City, according to an analysis by apartment search engine RentCafe. Chicagoans can rent 600 square feet of living space for $1,500 a month compared to 277 square feet in Manhattan and 316 square feet in San Francisco for the same amount of money. [DNAinfo Chicago]
Rivals Governor Bruce Rauner and Mayor Rahm Emanuel met Friday to discuss Chicago's bid for Amazon's second corporate headquarters."The mayor and governor are working together to bring Amazon's second headquarters, and its 50,000 jobs, to Chicago," a mayoral spokesperson said. "Our offices have been working closely together for weeks on the proposal, and the mayor and governor met on Friday to discuss the progress that's been made and the overall strategy behind the Chicago proposal." [NBC Chicago]
Cook County commissioner Richard Boykin has decided against challenging Cook County Board president Toni Preckwinkle. Boykin, a vocal opponent of the controversial penny-per-ounce soda tax, is running for reelection as commissioner instead. [Tribune]
One of the city's most locally lauded sushi restaurants, Katsu, is closing in late November after 29 years in Rogers Park. Chef Katsu Imamura, who immigrated to Chicago in 1979, is retiring and closing the restaurant instead of handing it to another chef. [Eater Chicago]