Welcome to the Reader's news briefing for Wednesday, February 14, 2018. Happy Valentine's Day!
Chicago Police Department commander Paul Bauer was shot and killed near the Thompson Center in the Loop Tuesday afternoon, according to CPD superintendent Eddie Johnson. Bauer, of the Near North 18th police district, was reportedly helping a tactical team respond to a suspect in another crime when he was shot multiple times. Bauer was then taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital nearby, where he was pronounced dead, according to ABC7 Chicago. A suspect has been taken into custody, sources told the Tribune. [Tribune] [ABC 7 Chicago]
John Hancock Financial is removing its name from the John Hancock Center, nearly five decades after the insurance company built the 100-story skyscraper, according to the Tribune. Until the building secures a new naming rights deal, the building will just be known as 875 N. Michigan Avenue. [Tribune]
Alderman Roderick Sawyer, chair of the City Council's Black Caucus, is slamming former Chicago Police Department superintendent and likely mayoral candidate Garry McCarthy for "off-putting, disrespectful" comments about the city's black community. McCarthy said that only "trigger-pullers" are left on the south and west sides because middle-class African-Americans have fled Chicago. "I guess that includes me, too. I was born and raised on the South Side and still live there—happily. That also includes my neighbors and friends, who are teachers and CTA bus drivers and engineers and doctors. We all live on the South Side and West Side. We're not 'trigger-pullers,' as he so callously described it," Sawyer said. "It's disrespectful to those of us who live here because we're culturally sensitive about where we grew up and want to stay in neighborhoods where we were raised and try to improve them. He . . . just dismisses all of that and calls us all trigger-pullers." [Sun-Times]
Southwest Air ran out of de-icing fluid at Midway International Airport for the third time in two months February 11, forcing flights to be canceled. The airline ended up having to cancel 250 flights at Midway Sunday in the icy and snowy weather, and says it will hire additional vendors to supply fluid for the airport. [Bloomberg]
A graphic "mix-up" at ABC 7 Chicago that replaced Pyeongchang, South Korea, with name of restaurant chain P.F. Chang's has gone viral. During coverage of the ongoing Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, the local ABC affiliate accidentally broadcast a report about the political backdrop to the Winter Olympics with a parody graphic reading "P.F. Change's 2018." Spokesperson Jayme Nicholas said the parody was created for a "satirical piece" by sports anchor Mark Giangreco. [Buzzfeed]
Father and Son Pizza is scheduled to close its location at at 609-657 W. North Avenue Sunday after 25 years of business. The restaurant has been rumored to be closing for two years as officials have looked at plans to redevelop the strip mall it anchors, according to Eater Chicago. [Eater Chicago]