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click to enlarge Protesters at a February 2015 demonstration push for the shut down of Homan Square. - KEVIN TANAKA FOR SUN-TIMES MEDIA

  • Kevin Tanaka for Sun-Times Media
  • Protesters at a February 2015 demonstration push for the shut down of Homan Square.

Welcome to the Reader‘s morning briefing for Thursday January 28, 2016.

  • Weather—Be ready for some light afternoon snow

The temperatures are still above average with a high of 38 and a low of 21. It will be cloudy and breezy with a good chance of some light snow showers in the afternoon. [AccuWeather]

  • Chicago police officers found ways to block audio in dash-cam videos

The Laquan McDonald dash-cam video was made even more eerie by its strange silence. Now we know that in order to block the cameras from recording any sound, officers would intentionally put the microphone in the car’s glove box or pull out the batteries. Around 80 percent of dash-cam videos don’t have audio because of cop errors or “intentional destruction”. [DNAinfo Chicago]

  • Does Rauner have a state e-mail address or a cell phone?

A reporter for the Illinois Times in Springfield has filed a Freedom of Information Act request to determine whether Governor Bruce Rauner has a state e-mail address or a cell phone. The state hasn’t yet provided the reporter with either one. He also had to sue to get Rauner’s appointment calendar released to the public. [Illinois Times]

  • More details emerge about Homan Square

The Cook County Board of Commissioners approved a resolution asking the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate the alleged abuses at Homan Square. Police officers at the Chicago Police Department’s infamous facility can’t use the force’s central booking system, which means they can easily allegedly hold suspects for more than 72 hours without charges. [Mother Jones]

  • Logan Square residents concerned about East Room extending its hours

Not everyone loves bars that stay open until dawn. The East Room, 2352 N. Milwaukee, is hoping to extend its late-night hours to 5 AM on Saturdays and 4 AM on weekdays. But several of the bar’s neighbors have voiced concerns about the very late hours creating issues in the neighborhood. [DNAinfo Chicago]

  • Mavis Staples gets even more hip on new record

The legendary singer has a new album, Living’ on a High Note, coming out in February and it features an unusual group of collaborators including M. Ward, Ben Harper, and tUnE-yArDs’ Merrill Garbus. The New Yorker‘s Elon Green chronicles how the album was made, from Staples being inspired by Pharrell Williams’ “Happy” to a new Staples song in memory of her friend Martin Luther King Jr. [The New Yorker]

Article source: http://www.chicagoreader.com/Bleader/archives/2016/01/28/chicago-cops-purposely-blocked-audio-on-dash-cam-videos-homan-square-scandal-gets-even-more-interesting-and-other-chicago-news