Elephant hunting, the worst weather and the rest of the morning's news

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1 Justice promised

About 200 people gathered in the Belmont-Cragin neighborhood yesterday to hear Police Supt. Garry McCarthy vow to catch the “monster” who raped and assaulted a 15-year-old girl Tuesday morning. [Sun-Times]

2 Gray Christmas

How do you feel about rain? And snow? And a Friday commute? If you like all three, you’ll be glad to know that tonight’s trip home will likely be accompanied by sleet and freezing rain. [Sun-Times]

3 Elephant hunting

Three Republican gubernatorial candidates teamed up to spend the weekend campaigning. Not for themselves, and not for anyone else. Michael Sneed reports they’re trying to keep the Cook County Republican Party endorsement out of Bruce Rauner’s hands before he runs away with the race. [Sun-Times]

4 Bluesman shot

Plenty more violence yesterday. Included among the five dead is Eric “Guitar” Davis, a fixture in Chicago’s blues community. Davis had reportedly spent the night at Kingston Mines before heading to South Shore, where his body was found. [Sun-Times]

5 Do not disturb

A proposed 238-room Hyatt House hotel in River North has been blocked by the City Plan Commission at the behest of Ald. Brendan Reilly, who is upset that the developers didn’t consult with him. There already are a lot of hotels in River North, rivaling the number of piano bars. [Crain’s]

6 Turned off

Even tech guru Andy Ihnatko is creeped out by the pressing everywhereness of glowing rectangles in our lives. He who wears Google Glass all day inveighs against Apple’s campaign of adorable snow angels and children staring and staring and staring at the computer. [Grid]

7 Minuscule enrollment

In an evolution that’s downright Grouponesque, GrubHub is evolving from a service and marketing outfit into a data one. It hopes to provide boatloads of numbers to its restaurant clients in an effort to help justify its 10 percent commission. [Businessweek]

8 Cheerio, Chicago

Despite a conservative culture, our tech scene is doing just fine, thanks in part to our pragmatism and relatively low cost of living. So says the Economist, which isn’t particularly prone to cheerleading. [Economist]

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