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Afternoon Edition: Sept. 1, 2020

Today’s update is a 5-minute read that will brief you on the day’s biggest stories.

President Donald Trump turns around after talking with law enforcement officials as he tours an area damaged during demonstrations after a police officer shot Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wis.
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Good afternoon. Here’s the latest news you need to know in Chicago. It’s about a 5-minute read that will brief you on today’s biggest stories.

This afternoon will be cloudy and rainy, with a high near 76 degrees. Tonight’s low will be around 65 degrees. Tomorrow, we’ll get some sunshine, with a high near 85 degrees expected.

Top story

President Trump in Kenosha, vowing ‘to get it fixed up’ — but Jacob Blake’s uncle says, stay ‘away from our family’

President Donald Trump was on the ground in Wisconsin today after ignoring calls to reconsider his visit to Kenosha, where the shooting of a Black man by police sparked days of unrest that left two protesters dead.

“We’re going to be making a couple of stops,” the president told reporters during brief remarks after Air Force One landed at Waukegan National Airport. “We’ll look at some of the damage that was done. We’re going to get it fixed up. We’re going to help the people rebuild their businesses in Kenosha.”

Trump also touted sending in the National Guard: “The violence has stopped from the time the National Guard came,” he told reporters. “We’re going to do a roundtable. … We’ll have plenty to talk about during the day.”

One person not interested in what Trump has to say: An uncle of 29-year-old Jacob Blake, who was shot by Kenosha police on Aug. 23 and left paralyzed from the waist down. “We don’t have any words for the orange man in the White House,” said Justin Blake. “Keep your disrespect and foul language away from our family.”

Trump was greeted by roughly 100 supporters, waving signs with his name. As the motorcade started along its route, Black Lives Matter supporters were intermixed with Trump’s supporters, holding signs supporting Black lives — one person held up a homemade sign that read “liar.”

Asked if his visit would increase tensions and violence, Trump said yesterday: “Well, it could also increase enthusiasm and it could increase love and respect for our country.”

For Kenosha resident Shamell Green, 18, Trump’s visit only brings “brutality and chaos.” Green clashed repeatedly with supporters of Trump, calling them racist and asking them how they can back such a “divisive” person.

“For years he has stoked flames where there was no need to. He separates children from migrant families, he joked about sexually assaulting women and he is now defending a kid who crossed state lines and ended up killing two people here,” said Green of Kyle Rittenhouse, the 17-year-old accused of killing two people in Kenosha. Trump has declined to denounce him.

Steven Fani, 51, brought his family with him to thank the president for bringing in the U.S. National Guard and federal officers.

“It was very disheartening and frightening to see all the looting and rioting happening around me,” said Fani, a lifelong Kenosha resident. “I never thought I would see that kind of destruction in my life here in America.”

Fani said he is encouraged by Trump’s planned visit because it shows he cares and is committed to keeping them safe: “I hope he sees the devastation and helps out these businesses and these people hurt by the riots,” Fani said.

Read the full report from our team in Kenosha here.

More news you need

  1. Teen activist Caleb Reed was killed earlier this summer when his friend accidentally shot him while firing at a car in West Rogers Park, Cook County prosecutors said today. Genove Martin was allegedly shooting at a gray Chevrolet Malibu when he fired “a final shot” that struck his friend, 17-year-old Reed, in the forehead on July 31.
  2. A man was shot and killed by Chicago police in Pilsen last night after he allegedly opened fire on the officers, striking a police car. The officers involved will be placed on administrative duties for 30 days, officials said.
  3. Ex-Cook County Commissioner Jeff Tobolski pleaded guilty today in federal court in Chicago to committing extortion and filing a false tax return. Tobolski admitted to taking more than $250,000 in bribes and extortion payments. He is cooperating with investigators.
  4. Citywide homicides and shootings in August were down from a month ago, according to data collected by Chicago police. But despite the month-to-month drop in violence, Chicago has seen a 50% jump in murders this year compared to 2019.
  5. An international shipment of German shepherds was allegedly neglected by a cargo handler at O’Hare Airport, causing one of them to die, after a paperwork issue left them stranded in a warehouse for three days. Seventeen other dogs caged without food or water were rescued yesterday afternoon.

A bright one

Chicago collectors’ love affair with Monet showcased in new Art Institute exhibit

Few artists in history have attained the enduring, near-universal acclaim of Claude Monet. The French Impressionist’s paintings hold prime spots in top museums worldwide, and exhibitions showcasing his work never fail to draw big crowds.

No institution beyond France is more closely associated with Monet than the Art Institute of Chicago. It boasts the largest collection of his works outside of Paris, and, in 1895, it became the first museum in the United States to present an exhibition of Monet’s paintings.

To pay tribute to this long-standing bond between institution and artist, the Art Institute curated “Monet and Chicago,” which opens to the public Sept. 5 and runs through Jan. 18, 2021. Featuring 68 paintings and 14 works on paper, it is the museum’s sixth solo exhibition devoted to Monet and the first anywhere to explore in depth the Impressionist’s ties to the Windy City.

The exhibition chronicles 125 years of displays and acquisitions of Monet’s works by the Art Institute, as well as the attention to the artist paid by notable Chicago collectors such as Bertha and Potter Palmer beginning in the 1880s and 1890s. Some of these enthusiasts made pilgrimages to Paris to see and buy his works, and others purchased his paintings from exhibitions in the United States.

Check out some highlights from the exhibition here.

From the press box

Having played their way into the postseason mix, the White Sox’ young players should get invaluable experience leading up to the playoffs and whatever comes next, Daryl Van Schouwen writes. “It’s what we’ve been waiting for, man,” pitcher Lucas Giolito said.

And while Matt Nagy needs to make a decision between Mitchell Trubisky and Nick Foles soon, Bears reporter Mark Potash notes that it’s possible there’s ultimately not much difference between the incumbent and his competition.

Your daily question ☕

What do you think of President Donald Trump’s visit to Kenosha today?

Email us (please include your first name and where you live) and we might include your answer in the next Afternoon Edition.

Yesterday, we asked you: What do you think about on Mondays to keep yourself motivated for the week ahead? Here’s what some of you said…

“Completely lost track of days of the week in the pandemic, so I just skip Mondays and call it Tuesday.” — Izabela Gluszak

“I remind myself Monday is closer to Friday than Sunday was.” — Matt Unique Smith

“How blessed I am! Alive, and able to hate Mondays!” — Roderick Smith

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