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At least 75 women "have been strangled or smothered in Chicago and their bodies dumped in vacant buildings, alleys, garbage cans, snow banks" since 2001, and an arrest has not been made in about two-thirds of the cases, according to the Tribune. Near Washington Park and near Garfield Park there are "clusters" of about 50 unsolved murders involving strangulation, but the Chicago Police Department says there is no evidence of one or more serial killers in the cases. "It's a staggering number," Kaethe Morris Hoffer, executive director of the Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation, told the newspaper. "It is odd how easy it is to disrupt people's sense of comfort when a large number of people are all killed at once. It is likewise upsetting to realize how, if you spread out over a long period of time, how inured people are to the murdering of women, particularly marginalized women." [Tribune]
A judge denied a new hearing for James Degorski, who was convicted in the 1993 Brown's Chicken Massacre, Thursday. Degorski and his legal team were pushing for a hearing "into claims of errors during his 2009 trial, including allegations that a key prosecution witness may have lied on the stand to receive reward money," according to the Tribune. Cook County judge Vincent Gaughan disagreed with the defense team's claim that Degorski's rights were violated in his trial. [Tribune]
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Chris Kennedy is continuing his outspoken criticism of Mayor Rahm Emanuel by saying Emanuel has been "sitting on the sideline" while Cook County assessor Joe Berrios runs his controversial property tax assessment system. "For the mayor to be sitting on the sideline when Joe Berrios runs a system of assessments in Cook County that absolutely, absolutely punish people of color, whether it's in suburban Cook County or the African-American wards in the city itself, if I shouldn't criticize the mayor, are you saying the mayor shouldn't criticize Joe Berrios? Where is his voice now?" Kennedy said at a news conference Wednesday. [Tribune]
Governor Bruce Rauner has pulled his anti-Madigan reelection campaign ads featuring embattled Missouri governor Eric Greitens. Greitens is embroiled in an highly publicized extramarital affair scandal, and apparently Rauner no longer wants to be associated with his fellow Republican. [Sun-Times]
Chicago's Republican ward committeemen overwhelmingly voted to endorse state representative Jeanne Ives in her primary challenge against incumbent governor Bruce Rauner Wednesday. The suburban state legislator, who's running against Rauner from the right, spoke to the GOP members shortly before their vote. "Jeanne impressed everyone with her determination to hit the state's problems head-on. She also showed a command of policy details. It's almost unheard of for a regular Republican organization to fail to endorse an incumbent governor," Chris Cleveland, the chairman of the Chicago Republican Party, said in a statement. "The people in the room felt that Rauner had betrayed them." [Capitol Fax Blog]
Danish coffee and juice-bar chain Joe & the Juice was reported to have opened its first Chicago location Thursday at 10 E. Delaware. The shop serves coffee, shakes, smoothies, breakfast bowls, and sandwiches as well as fresh-squeezed juices. With more than 200 locations around the world, Joe & the Juice is now planning two more Chicago stores in River North and in the Loop. [Eater Chicago]