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Welcome to the Reader‘s morning briefing for Wednesday, August 16, 2017.

  • Chicago must apply for a DOJ grant that includes new sanctuary city restrictions

The city of Chicago must apply for a crime-fighting grant from the Department of Justice “imposing new conditions that would aid immigration authorities” at the same it’s disputing those conditions in court, the Sun-Times reports. The deadline to file an application for federal funding is September 5, and it comes as the city and the DOJ are embroiled in a legal battle over Sessions’s threats to stop funding sanctuary cities. “The Chicago Police Department plans to submit its application by the stated deadline but will not agree to these unconstitutional restrictions on critical public safety grants,” a spokesman for the city law department said in a statement. In court on Tuesday U.S. district judge Harry Leinenweber determined that if the city wins its lawsuit and the grant money, it can remain a sanctuary city. [Sun-Times]

  • A former Miss America is running against attorney general Lisa Madigan

Attorney and former Miss America Erika Harold announced that she is running for Illinois attorney general in 2018. Harold, 37, will challenge incumbent attorney general Lisa Madigan if she wins the Republican primary. The Urbana resident works for the Meyer Capel law firm and ran for Congress in 2014. [Associated Press via Sun-Times]

  • Illinois house Republicans introduce a bill to repeal the Cook County sweetened beverage tax

A group of Republicans in the Illinois House has introduced a bill preventing “any home rule county from imposing a tax on sweetened beverages based on volume sold,” which would kill the controversial Cook County penny-per-ounce sweetened beverage tax. “The tax is another cash grab at the expense of those who can least afford it,” state representative Christine Winger said. Cook County board president Toni Preckwinkle says the tax is a necessary revenue generator. “Republicans in Springfield went 736 days without a budget, imperiling the state’s fiscal stability and essential government services because they were unwilling to make the tough choices necessary to govern,” Preckwinkle spokesman Frank Shuftan said. “Their press event today is just that, a ploy for media attention. [Sun-Times]

  • Chicago police officers will head to California this week to pick up Wyndham Lathem, Andrew Warren

Chicago Police Department detectives will head to the Bay Area to pick up murder suspects Wyndham Lathem and Andrew Warren later this week. Lathem, a former Northwestern University professor, and Warren, a Oxford University employee, are suspected of stabbing 26-year-old Trenton Cornell-Duranleau to death in River North in July. They’re likely to be back for questioning next week. Police believe that Lathem and Cornell-Duranleau had a romantic “relationship” that went “terribly wrong,” said CPD spokeman Anthony Guglielmi, but they still don’t know how or why the two men connected: “They didn’t know each other, other than through academics,” Guglielmi said. “There’s nothing to suspect [sic] they were longtime friends.” [Sun-Times[

  • Ride-sharing services took advantage of CTA delays Tuesday morning with ridiculous surge prices

Ride-sharing services Uber and Lyft took advantage of the long delays on the Chicago Transit Authority Red, Brown and Purple Line trains during rush hour Tuesday morning by charging ridiculous surge prices to get from the north side to the Loop. Some users saw prices of $110 to travel downtown from Lakeview. “We did everything we could to increase the supply of drivers, communicating about the incident and providing monetary incentives to get them to the area,” Lyft said in a statement. “Still, demand outpaced supply, and prime-time pricing did occur. [DNAinfo Chicago]

  • Elske named the second-best new restaurant in the nation by Bon Appetit

Elske has been named the second-best new restaurant in the U.S. by Bon Appetit magazine. Chefs Anna and David Posey opened the Danish-influenced fine-dining spot in the West Loop in December 2016. The magazine also named Logan Square’s Giant the sixth-best new restaurant in the U.S., making Chicago the only city with two restaurants on the list. [DNAinfo Chicago] [Bon Appetit]