Welcome to the Reader's morning briefing for Friday, March 24, 2017.
Former Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke has been indicted on 16 new charges of aggravated battery in the death of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald. Van Dyke was charged with one count for each of the 16 shots he fired at McDonald in October 2014. He has already been charged with six counts of first-degree murder and one count of official misconduct in McDonald's death. [DNAinfo Chicago]
Approximately 19,570 people moved out of the Chicago metropolitan area in 2016, which was the greatest population loss of any metropolitan area in the U.S., according to the Tribune. Chicago was also the only one of the ten largest metropolitan areas to lose residents. It's the second year in a row that the area has lost more residents than it gained: 11,324 people left in 2015. Cook County also lost more residents than any county in the U.S. in 2016, and experts believe it's a regional issue: most of the cities losing residents are located in the midwest or the northeast, including Saint Louis and Pittsburgh. "There's this big regional thing going on," local demographer Rob Paral told the Tribune. "It's not about what's wrong with Chicago—if anything, it's what's wrong with the Midwest or the Northeast." [Tribune] [WBEZ]
The vibe at Hyde Park's Experimental Station Wednesday night was much more intimate than the typical police accountability "discussions" with city officials that have become so common since the release of the Laquan McDonald video in November 2015. Some 100 people, seated and standing, packed the event hosted by the Invisible Institute, which featured a conversation between journalist and institute founder Jamie Kalven and the head of the Independent Police Review Authority, Sharon Fairley. Fairley is now tasked with leading the metamorphosis of IPRA into a new agency, the Civilian Office of Police Accountability, or COPA.
The two sat on a small riser just a few feet from the skeptical, expectant faces of the audience crowding around them.
Walk into the CBD Kratom shop on the corner of Damen and Dickens in Bucktown and you'll find pill bottles, containers of balm and lotions, and small glass jars full of oil neatly arranged in tall glass display cases. They're all advertised as CBD extracts, one of the primary chemical ingredients in marijuana.
An el stop away, near the corner of Milwaukee and California, the head shop Vape Daze is full of multicolored phallic glass bongs, pipes, vaporizers, and small containers of CBD oil that retail for between $30 to $75, depending on the potency of the extract.
CBD, otherwise known as cannabidiol, is one of several dozen active compounds in marijuana, and the primary nonpsychoactive ingredient—meaning it doesn't get you high. And these two shops are among at least half a dozen retail stores in Chicago that carry products purporting to contain the stuff.
At first it might seem like a no-brainer for vape shops to carry CBD. But its presence alongside e-cigarettes and giant glass bongs is actually surprising: CBD extracts produced by state-licensed medical marijuana cultivators are heavily regulated by state agencies, sold only in state-licensed dispensaries, and restricted to Illinoisans with medical marijuana cards. Meanwhile, CBD extracts available for purchase by the general public appear to be produced with no regulatory oversight at all.
So what gives?
Welcome to the Reader's morning briefing for Thursday, March 23, 2017.
A resolution to renew Chicago's "sanctuary city" status was approved by the City Council Human Relations Committee Wednesday, and it's expected to be voted on by the full council March 29. It's the second time that the city's status as a place where local law enforcement declines to provide information to immigration officials under most circumstances has been renewed by the City Council since President Donald Trump took office. But this resolution also requests that military veterans and immigrants who came to the U.S. as children not be deported. Around 183,000 Chicago residents are undocumented immigrants, according to estimates. [DNAinfo Chicago]
Two former Chicago executives want to bring an American Sports Museum to Chicago. The men behind the effort are Marc Lapides, formerly chief marketing officer at the Adler Planetarium, and Roger Germann, a former executive vice president at the Shedd Aquarium, according to the Tribune. They're hoping to build a 100,000-square-foot museum that's close to downtown and easily accessible by public transportation. A $50 million fund-raising campaign for the project is under way. "Sports is something that really connects us all," Lapides told the Tribune. "This is a museum that will welcome everybody." [Tribune]