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Barack, Michelle Obama return to Chicago for the first-ever Obama Foundation Summit, and other news

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Former president Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama arrive for the first session of the Obama Foundation Summit Tuesday. - AP PHOTO/CHARLES REX ARBOGAST
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  • Former president Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama arrive for the first session of the Obama Foundation Summit Tuesday.

Welcome to the Reader's morning briefing for Wednesday, November 1, 2017.

  • The Obamas return to Chicago for the first-ever Obama Foundation Summit

Former president and first lady Barack and Michelle Obama are back in Chicago for the inaugural Obama Foundation Summit at the Marriott Marquis near McCormick Place Tuesday and Wednesday. The Obamas are not the only high-profile names attending the summit; speakers include Prince Harry of Wales, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Rashida Jones, Caroline Kennedy, Common, and former U.N. ambassador Susan Rice. The sessions on Tuesday focused on discussing problems, and the sessions on Wednesday will focus on solving the world's "most pressing" of them. [Sun-Times]

  • Lobbyist accuses state senator Ira Silverstein of sexual harassment

State senator Ira Silverstein allegedly sexual harrased an Illinois lobbyist multiple times, causing the lobbyist to seek medical attention. Denise Rotheimer made the allegations against the Chicago Democrat in a hearing on sexual harassment in Illinois politics Tuesday. She said she filed a complaint with Illinois senate president John Cullerton's office about a year ago, and nothing had come of it. "He had so much power over me," Rotheimer said. [DNAinfo Chicago]


  • Elgin man charged with first-degree murder in the death of his missing mother

Brian Peck has been charged with first-degree murder and concealment of a homicidal death in the death of his 76-year-old mother. Gail Peck was reported missing by her son Friday, and law enforcement believes that her dismembered body was discovered in duffel bags in the Lincoln Park lagoon Saturday morning. The identity of the body has not yet been confirmed as testing is still ongoing, but there was still enough evidence to charge the Elgin resident. [Tribune]

  • Prince Harry, Michelle Obama surprise students at Hyde Park Academy

Prince Harry of Wales and former first lady Michelle Obama surprised about 20 students at Hyde Park Academy with a visit before the first Obama Foundation Summit Tuesday. Obama brought the English prince to show how the Obama Presidential Center will attract world leaders to the south side. "The warm and wide-ranging conversation, lasting over an hour, covered how the Obama Presidential Center will showcase the south side of Chicago for a global audience, the importance of young people staying inspired and hopeful, and the transformative power of students using their voices to change the world," Caroline Adler Morales, Michelle Obama's communications director, said. [People]

  • City officials vow to do a better job at recycling despite little success

A measly 10 percent of trash in Chicago actually gets recycled, as most of  the city's recyclable materials end up mixed in the trash headed to the landfill. "We have to do a better job recycling," Streets and Sanitation commissioner Charles Williams said. "We need to change people's behavior." [DNAinfo Chicago]

  • Lincoln Park, Congress Plaza Hotel are some of the most haunted spots in Chicago

Halloween may be over, but whether or not you believe in the paranormal, ghost stories can be a valuable way to learn about local history that might otherwise be forgotten. Chicago magazine has a guide to the most haunted spots in the area, from Lincoln Park, which was a cemetery before the Great Chicago Fire, to the site of the SS Eastland disaster in the Chicago River, which left more than 800 dead. [Chicago]


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