Afternoon Briefing: Ex-Flossmoor police chief alleges racial discrimination

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Cook County is expected to pay $17 million to a Chicago man exonerated in the 1982 killings of two Chicago police officers, according to court records and a recommendation from a county board subcommittee.

Cook County commissioners are scheduled to vote on the deal this week, which would bring a quiet end to a civil rights lawsuit filed against former Cook County state’s attorneys accused of railroading Jackie Wilson for murders committed by his older brother.

The lawsuit against several Chicago police officers involved in the case will continue in federal court.

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Former Flossmoor police Chief Jerel Jones alleges racial discrimination in firing

Fired Flossmoor police Chief Jerel Jones alleges in a federal lawsuit his recent dismissal was caused by “race-based discriminatory conduct” against him, the “first Black police chief” in village history. Read more here.

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The night sky will soon get ‘a new star.’ Here’s how to see it.

If you keep a close eye on the night sky in the weeks and months ahead, you may spot something new. It will shine as bright as Polaris, the North Star, for no longer than a week before fading back into darkness. Read more here.

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