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Welcome to the Reader‘s weekday news briefing.

  • Cook County officials sue pharmaceutical companies over opioid crisis

Cook County filed a lawsuit against leading U.S. pharmaceutical companies Wednesday “over their aggressive marketing of prescription opioid painkillers and the resulting climb in overdose and fatality rates countywide,” according to the Sun-Times. The suit asks the companies for millions to help cover costs the opioid crisis has imposed on Cook County Jail and Cook County Hospital. [Sun-Times]

  • Mother of police shooting victim Quintonio LeGrier waits for answers

Quintonio LeGrier, 19, was shot and killed by a Chicago police officer on December 26, 2015, following a domestic disturbance call. LeGrier’s family sued the Chicago Police Department just two days later, but the case is still tied up in court. The city quickly dropped a lawsuit it filed against the LeGrier’s family in December, but Robert Rialmo, the officer who fatally shot both LeGrier and neighbor Bettie Jones, is countersuing both the family and the city, contending that LeGrier swung a bat at his head several times and failed to drop the bat when asked, giving him reason to believe that LeGrier would kill him unless he used deadly force. LeGrier’s mother, Janet Cooksey, hopes to clear her son’s name when the case finally goes to trial in June 2018. “I want everyone to see what I know: that he’s a good person and he did the right thing,” she said. “You don’t call the police three times and then try to attack them when they come. I hope that’s proven so everyone can know what I know.” [Sun-Times]

  • More than 200 new state laws go into effect in 2018

More than 200 new laws will take effect in Illinois on January 1, 2018, taking actions from banning the presence of elephants in circuses and other traveling shows to allowing people under the care of a doctor to change their gender on their birth certificate. Schools will no longer be able to expel prekindergarten students, and it will be illegal to test-drive a car with a “for sale” sign or other obstructions to the driver’s vision. The last “relates to the sad death of a young man named Brendan Burke, who was killed in Hoffman Estates,” Jeff Knoll, a personal injury attorney, told CBS Chicago. “Someone was test-driving a vehicle, and on the windshield there was a ‘for sale’ sign—the driver could not see the other vehicle.” [CBS Chicago] [Chicago Tonight]

  • Louisville and Saint Paul join Chicago Climate Charter

Louisville, Kentucky, and Saint Paul, Minnesota, are among the ten new cities joining the Chicago Climate Charter pact, Mayor Rahm Emanuel has announced. Now a total of 67 have pledged to meet the targets for greenhouse gas reduction outlined in the Paris climate accord despite President Trump’s withdrawal of the U.S. from the pact. [Associated Press via the New Haven Register]

  • The Moonlighter’s Danny Shapiro on what to see, do and eat in Chicago

Forbes asked Danny Shapiro, beverage director and partner at Logan Square bar the Moonlighter, what to do, see and eat in Chicago in 48 hours. Among his recommendations: the Logan Square restaurant Giant, the blues club Rosa’s Lounge, and Waydown, the rooftop bar in the West Loop’s Ace Hotel. [Forbes]