Welcome to the Reader‘s morning briefing for Friday, June 24, 2016.
- Weather: A beautiful summer Friday
It will be beautiful and sunny Friday, with a high of 78 and a low of 67. [AccuWeather]
- Rahm claims ignorance about officers on his security detail who volunteered on campaign
Mayor Rahm Emanuel was deposed by attorneys in private Wednesday regarding a lawsuit brought by bodyguards dropped from his security detail and replaced by officers who had volunteered on his first campaign. Emanuel claimed that he had “no idea” about what was going on. “My focus on my campaign was about the campaign I was running,” he said in the deposition. [Sun-Times]
- Ashton Kutcher couldn’t convince City Hall to stop Airbnb regulations
The Chicago City Council passed new regulations on home-sharing services aimed at industry leader Airbnb. Actor and Airbnb investor Ashton Kutcher tried to change minds with a last-minute plea for Airbnb on his Facebook page, but his Hollywood credentials couldn’t sway the City Council. The biggest proponent of the regulations, 43rd Ward alderman Michele Smith, was concerned about rentals disrupting neighborhoods with a stream of partying guests. “This is about the new economy, and Chicago is racing to catch up with a runaway short-term rental train in our city,” she said. [UPI]
- Woman stabbed to death on Red Line train in the middle of the day
A woman was killed after being stabbed in the neck on a Red Line train Thursday afternoon, the first homicide on the CTA since 2013. The stabbing, believed by the Chicago Police Department to be an act of random violence, occurred at the 47th Street stop, which trains were skipping after the incident. A man is in custody for the homicide, according to a spokesman’s social media post. [DNAinfo Chicago]
- Sister of alleged Dennis Hastert victim speaks out as the ex-politician starts prison term
Former U.S. House speaker Dennis Hastert’s fall from grace continued as he entered the Federal Medical Center in Rochester, Minnesota, Wednesday. Reportedly the highest-ranking elected official ever to be behind bars, Hastert is now inmate number 47991-424. “He did it to himself, you know,” Jolene Burdge, the sister of one his alleged sexual molestation victims, told the Sun-Times. “And no matter who you are, when you abuse children, you should pay the consequences.” [Sun-Times]
- Will Uber and Lyft leave Chicago as they left Austin?
The City Council passed new regulations on ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft this week, and although the law isn’t as harsh as the ordinance originally proposed, people are still wondering if the services will leave the city. Drivers must now get a chauffeur license (as required of cabdrivers), among other restrictions. The original proposal, put forth by Ninth Ward alderman Anthony Beale, required fingerprinting; Beale is now conducting a six-month independent study on the fairness and safety of the requirement, which means it could easily come back to threaten Uber and Lyft again. Both companies left Austin, Texas, after the city passed a law in May requiring fingerprinting and tougher background checks. [CNBC]