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Cook County board president Toni Preckwinkle endorsed Democratic front-runner J.B. Pritzker in the gubernatorial race despite the recent controversy surrounding Pritzker's past comments about some African-American politicians. Pritzker made the comments in a wiretapped conversation with then-governor Rod Blagojevich about who should replace Barack Obama in the U.S. Senate after he elected president. "I've seen J.B.'s record and I know what's in his heart," Preckwinkle said in statement. "This is a leader who has been there for our communities. Right now, the only question our community should be asking is who has a record of showing up for us, and I truly believe that J.B. is that leader." [Sun-Times]
The competition to build an express train from downtown to O'Hare International Airport is on. Two firms, Elon Musk's the Boring Company and Oaktree Capital Management, and two joint ventures, O'Hare Express Train Partners (OHL Infrastructure, Kiewit, Amtrak) and O'Hare Xpress LLC (Meridiam, Antarctica Capital, JLC Infrastructure, Mott MacDonald and First Transit), will compete for the chance to design, construct and operate the train, according to Curbed Chicago. Based on tweets from Musk, the Boring Company has some futuristic ideas such as "high-velocity electromagnetic pods" and sleds. [Curbed Chicago]
Temptations singer Dennis Edwards, 74, was allegedly abused by his wife before his death at a Chicago hospital last week. The Chicago Police Department is investigation the allegations, which were laid out in court documents by an adult protective services investigator, of attempted suffocation and confiscating hearing aids against Brenda Edwards. [Tribune]
A Chicago police officer has been moved to desk duty and stripped of police powers after allegedly sexual assaulting a suspect at the hospital. The officer was on duty and guarding the male suspect at a local hospital when the alleged assault happened. "The allegations are being taken very seriously and the officer has been immediately suspended as detectives conduct an investigation to corroborate the allegations," the police department said in a statement. [NBC Chicago]
The city of Chicago allegedly violated the Illinois Bill of Rights for the Homeless when it removed a homeless couple's tents and forced them to throw away their things. In the Cook County lawsuit, Amie Smith and Shawn Moore are asking for $75,000 in damages and for the city to stop moving or taking away possessions from the homeless, according to the Associated Press. [Associated Press via U.S. News & World Report]
A suburban family will be able to watch their daughter figure skate in the Winter Olympics thanks to United Airlines. The airline is giving skater Bradie Tennell's mother and two brothers tickets to fly to Pyeongchang, South Korea, to watch her skate in person. Tennell, 20, is from Carpentersville and trains in Buffalo Grove. [Sun-Times]