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Afternoon Edition: Feb. 25, 2020

Today’s update is a 3-minute read that will brief you on the day’s biggest stories.

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Good afternoon. Here’s the latest news you need to know in Chicago. It’s about a 3-minute read that will brief you on today’s biggest stories. — Alice Bazerghi

A Winter Weather Advisory will be effect tonight through tomorrow morning. Today’s high will be 37 degrees, with a slight chance of rain and snow around commute time. Later tonight, we could see up to 3 inches of snow as temperatures drop to a low of 30 degrees. Expect more snow tomorrow morning until around 1 p.m.

Top story

Illinois could soon have an all-white state Supreme Court

Former Illinois Supreme Court Justice Charles Freeman was the first African American to ever hold a seat on the state’s highest court. He retired in 2018, leaving one vacant spot on the bench alongside the six elected justices, all of whom are white.

The race to replace him in the March 17 primary has spurred critical conversations about diversity across the state.

There are seven candidates running for Freeman’s former seat, which carries a 10-year term: three African American men, one Latino man, two white men and one white woman. The current bench lineup has three men and three women.

All seven candidates met with the Chicago Sun-Times Editorial Board earlier this month for a candid conversation about how this election could shape the future of Illinois.

Reporter Rachel Hinton was in the room for this conversation. Read her story here.

Rahm Emanuel interviews his father, Dr. Benjamin Emanuel, for a 2018 “Chicago Stories” podcast.
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More news you need

  1. A $5 million-a-year city program that was supposed to divert young people away from the criminal justice system and toward social services “may actually re-traumatize” them or “increase their likelihood of re-offending,” Inspector General Joe Ferguson concluded today. Read more from the report.
  2. Former Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s new book, “A Nation City,” comes out today. In it, he writes about growing up in a high achieving, highly competitive family, and how it fueled his ambition. Here’s an excerpt.
  3. A 23-year-old barista stabbed outside Richard’s Bar in River West Friday night is being remembered as a kind, outgoing and charming man who had a deep love for Chicago. Read his obituary in Block Club Chicago.
  4. The former owner of Embeya, a West Loop restaurant that opened to rave reviews in 2012, won’t serve any additional time behind bars in connection with his fraud conviction, a judge ruled today. Attila Gyulai says he already paid “a big price.”
  5. A federal health official warned today that the deadly coronavirus could cause “severe” disruptions in the U.S. — like school closings, suspension of mass public gatherings and businesses being forced to have employees work remotely — as global experts struggle to fend off the outbreak and avoid a pandemic. Here’s the full story.
  6. PETA is offering a $5,000 reward for any information that leads to the arrest of Vinny, a pit bull found abandoned in a trash bag in Willow Springs. Do you recognize this dog?

A bright one

As snow blankets Chicago over the next few hours, here’s something to look forward to that’s just a few months away: The Chicago Blues Festival.

Organizers announced the lineup today, which includes Shemekia Copeland, Candi Staton, Tab Benoit, the 70th anniversary of Chess Records and a celebration of classic blues women.

Shemekia Copeland at the Chicago Blues Fest in Grant Park. | File
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So as you’re shoveling your car out this week, picture yourself sitting in the warm grass at Millennium Park, looking up at the sunset over the pavilion and listening to some of the world’s greatest blues artists. Chicago summer is just around the corner.

Here’s the full Chicago Blues Festival lineup.

From the press box

The Bears remain committed to Mitchell Trubisky as their starting QB entering the 2020 season, GM Ryan Pace said today at the NFL Scouting Combine. Sun-Times reporters Patrick Finley and Jason Lieser discussed those comments from Pace and more in the latest Halas Intrigue podcast.

Will White Sox third baseman Yoan Moncada be the next to sign a big extension? Through his translator, Moncada said he’d consider it if the Sox make an offer.

The Bulls take on a rejuvenated Chris Paul and the Thunder tonight at the United Center (7 p.m, NBCSCH) while the Blackhawks suit up for the first time since the trade deadline to take on the rival Blues (7 p.m., NBCSN).

Your daily question ☕

Today is Paczki Day. Did you celebrate? We want to know: where’s your favorite place to buy a box? (We want to see your paczki pics, too!)

Email us and we might include your answer in the next Afternoon Edition.

Yesterday we asked you to share your favorite memories of Kobe Bryant. Michael Jordan may have had the most poignant take: See what he had to say.

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