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Rahm Emanuel during a Senate confirmation hearing in Oct. 2021. Photo: Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images

There is no evidence that former Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel or his administration tried to cover up the murder of Laquan McDonald by police, the city's former inspector general wrote in a letter to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, obtained by the Chicago Tribune.

Why it matters: Emanuel is awaiting a final Senate confirmation vote to become the U.S. ambassador to Japan.

Background: McDonald was a Black teenager who was fatally shot by Chicago police in 2014 during Emanuel's tenure as the city's mayor. His murder triggered massive protests, both because of its nature and the fact that the officers' body-cam footage was concealed for years.

What they're saying: “My office’s comprehensive investigation did not reveal any evidence that would support the lingering surmises and accusations of a ‘cover-up’ orchestrated out of City Hall. None," former general inspector Joe Ferguson wrote in the letter, per the Chicago Tribune.

  • Questions of a potential cover-up are, "not fair, because they are not grounded in fact, because the facts simply do not exist," he added, according to the Chicago Sun-Times, which also obtained the letter.
  • “I know, I was the inspector general for the city of Chicago leading the office which investigated the city’s handling of the aftermath of the McDonald murder," he added, per the Chicago Sun-Times.

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Diallo Riddle dishes on his perfect Chicago day

Diallo Riddle is the co-creator of "South Side" on HBO Max. Photo: Kevin Scanlon

Comedians Diallo Riddle and Bashir Salahuddin are former writers for Jimmy Fallon, creators of "Sherman's Showcase" on IFC and are currently working on a pilot for CBS.

  • They are also the co-creators and stars of the hilarious HBO Max comedy "South Side."
  • The fresh show gives a comedic voice to the experiences of Black Chicago. It's also shot here in town.

Club owners brace for a COVID winter

The Metro in Wrigleyville. Photo: Daniel Boczarski/Getty Images for SiriusXM

Chicago music venues are chugging along, booking shows and concerts indoors for the winter. But with a COVID surge hitting, business owners are concerned.

Why it matters: This time last year, venues were shut down. Although federal funding has helped save Chicago stages, this winter will be a critical time.

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The potential GOAT of chess faces intriguing challenger

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

The World Chess Championship between Norway's Magnus Carlsen and Russia's Ian Nepomniachtchi began on Friday, 1,094 days after Carlsen won his fourth consecutive title.

Why it matters: During the long, COVID-fueled layoff, chess entered a new era, and with the championship finally here, the age-old game is ready for its close-up.