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Welcome to the Reader‘s morning briefing for Monday, September 18, 2017.

  • Judge blocks Trump administration threats to defund sanctuary cities

The city of Chicago won a major legal victory over the Trump administration Friday, when a federal judge blocked new rules requiring so-called sanctuary cities to cooperate with immigration agents in order to qualify for Department of Justice public safety grants. District court judge Harry Leinenweber held that Chicago was likely to succeed in its arguments that Attorney General Jeff Sessions exceeded his authority by imposing the rules, and that the city could suffer “irreparable harm” if forced to comply with them. “I want to be clear, this is not just a victory for the city of Chicago,” Mayor Rahm Emanuel said at a news conference announcing the ruling. “It is a win for cities, counties and states across the country who also filed amicus briefs on behalf of our lawsuit, and also the business leaders who also stepped forward on our lawsuit.” [Tribune]

  • Kwame Raoul, Gery Chico interested in replacing Lisa Madigan

Four-term Illinois attorney general Lisa Madigan has announced that she won’t be running for reelection in 2018, leaving the field wide open for Democrats hoping to replace her. Within hours after Madigan’s announcement, state senator Kwame Raoul, former State Board of Education chairman and 2011 mayoral candidate Gery Chico, Chicago Park District president Jesse Ruiz, and McHenry County Board chairman Jack Franks had expressed interest in the job. [Sun-Times]

  • Aziz Ansari, Chicagoan Lena Waithe win Emmy

Chicagoan Lena Waithe won an Emmy with Aziz Ansari Sunday night for cowriting an episode of Netflix’s Masters of None. “Thank you for embracing a little Indian boy from South Carolina and a little queer black girl from the south side of Chicago,” Waithe said while accepting the award in Los Angeles. “We appreciate it more than you could ever know.” Waithe has been in town recently working on her new show The Chi, which is set to air on Showtime. [Sun-Times]

  • Frustrated Illinois state legislators continue to resign

State legislators fed up with the current state Illinois politics are increasingly resigning or announcing that they won’t run for reelection, according to an AP report. More than 24 legislators from both parties—or about 15 percent of the General Assembly—have in recent months decided to leave. “There is a toxic environment. People seem to not be able to get along, even outside of the Capitol,” Republican state representative Steve Andersson, who’s retiring, said. “That’s not a good environment, and that’s not an environment I want to be a part of.” [Associated Press via Sun-Times]

  • Wyndham Lathem, Andrew Warren indicted on six counts of first-degree murder

Former Northwestern University professor Wyndham Lathem and Oxford University employee Andrew Warren have each been indicted on six counts of first-degree murder and will be arraigned September 28. The two men are accused of murdering Lathem’s 26-year-old boyfriend, Trenton Cornell-Duranleau, by stabbing him to death at least 70 times July 27. [DNAinfo Chicago]

  • The Michigan Avenue Abraham Lincoln statue moving to Peoria

The 31-foot-tall, 19-ton Abraham Lincoln statue that’s been calling Pioneer Court home for nearly a year is moving to Peoria. The Peoria Riverfront Museum is hoping to install Return Visit Tuesday. “Given that Lincoln gave one of his most important speeches here in Peoria, it’s a good thing to celebrate him,” John Morris, the Riverfront museum’s president and CEO, said. “There are a lot of lessons about Lincoln that are still fresh and relevant today.” [Tribune]