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Gubernatorial candidate Chris Kennedy is saying that Mayor Rahm Emanuel is involved in a "strategic gentrification plan being implemented by the city of Chicago to push people of color out." Kennedy, a Democrat, has been trying to drum up support from minority voters, according to the Sun-Times. "My belief is they are being pushed out. This is involuntary," he said during a news conference. "We’re cutting off money for schools, cutting off money for police, allowing people to be forced to live in food deserts, closing hospitals, closing access to mental health facilities." Emanuel has not publicly endorsed anyone in the mayoral race but has been supporting Democratic front-runner and billionaire J.B. Pritzker privately, according to the newspaper. Kennedy also accused Emanuel of not doing enough to clean up Chicago’s gun violence problem and its property tax system. [Sun-Times]
Illinois state senator Kwame Raoul is leading the pack of attorney general candidates in fund-raising with nearly $1 million in funds, according to the Tribune. Raoul had more than $406,000 at the end of September and raised about $540,000 from October through December. Former governor Pat Quinn, who has joined the long list of candidates running to replace attorney general Lisa Madigan, has only raised about $81,000 so far but he has $232,000 from prior campaigns. Republican front-runner Erika Harold has raised about $116,000. The primary takes place March 20. [Tribune]
Private-sector jobs in Chicago are at their highest level in at least 25 years, but nearby suburbs aren't seeing the same growth, according to the Tribune. There were 1.18 million jobs in the private sector in March 2017, a 16.6 percent increase from 2010. Jobs in the suburbs have grown by just 7.5 percent since 2010. [Tribune]
Oak Park native Emery Lehman won the 5,000-meter race at the U.S. Olympic Trials Tuesday but he still might not make the Olympic team because the U.S. did not qualify for the 5,000-meter race in the upcoming games in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Lehman, 21, might still be able to make it as a reserve team member if he qualifies for the games in a different race or is selected as a “team pursuit specialist,” according to the Tribune. [Tribune]
The Art Institute of Chicago used to have a rental program that allowed the public to borrow paintings (excluding those in the permanent collection) to raise money for the museum, according to WBEZ’s Curious City. In 1954, the museum’s women’s board launched the Art Rental and Sales Gallery, "which made original art affordable to average citizens, created a new revenue stream for the museum, and helped support nearly 2,000 local artists." WBEZ has more about the intriguing program, which we wish still existed. [WBEZ]
Rockit Ranch Productions has closed its River North flagship, Rockit Bar & Grill, until spring for renovations, its second remodeling in two years. But a rep assures Eater Chicago that it will be back; for now owner Billy Dec is concentrating on an effort to expand the Rockit brand nationally and is spending time in Nashville opening a new location of Sunda, his pan-Asian restaurant. [Eater Chicago]