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Howard Brookins Jr. is alderman of the 21st Ward, chairman of the City Council’s black caucus, and a member of the mayor’s commission on school closings. But he had something else on his mind when he ran into a few of his colleagues and their staffers at City Hall the other day.

“Necrophilia!” he said. “Shit, man. Can you believe that?”

Brookins wasn’t telling them about the latest craze in his ward—far from it. Like countless others around the country, he was simultaneously stunned, outraged, and—given his irreverent sense of humor—a bit amused that Cook County state’s attorney Anita Alvarez had raised the subject during a now-infamous interview with 60 Minutes a couple weeks ago.