Chicago Public Schools desperately needs state funding to open in the fall, and other news


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Chicago Public Schools CEO Forrest Claypool speaks during a rally for education funding in Springfield. - AP PHOTO/SETH PERLMAN
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  • Chicago Public Schools CEO Forrest Claypool speaks during a rally for education funding in Springfield.

Welcome to the Reader's morning briefing for Friday, June 3, 2016. Have a great weekend!

  • Weather: A lovely and sunny Friday

Friday will be beautiful and sunny, with a high of 77 and a low of 64. It's supposed to remain nice and warm for most of the weekend, despite a chance of rain both Saturday and Sunday. [AccuWeather]

  • Chicago Public Schools chief says the district needs state funding to operate in the fall

After the Illinois General Assembly's spring session ended without an education funding plan, CPS head Forrest Claypool is warning that the district won't be able to open in the fall without state assistance. His statement comes in the middle of tension between Chicago and downstate school districts that believe that the house and senate's separate funding plans are just a bailout for CPS. Chicago Teachers Union chief Karen Lewis laid much of the blame for the financial crisis on arch-rival Mayor Rahm Emanuel, saying, 'The blame is in City Hall on the Fifth Floor for not being consistent or being coherent or having a real plan for funding schools." [Tribune] [Sun-Times]

  • Low blow: Rahm compares Rauner to Trump

If there was any speculation that Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Governor Bruce Rauner are still friends, Emanuel killed it by comparing Rauner to presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump. Rauner has been traveling around the state and pitting downstate towns against Chicago in the budget battle, according to the mayor. "Schools across Illinois need a leader‎ and instead, Bruce Rauner is following the Donald Trump playbook of demonizing one group of people for his political advantage," Emanuel said in an e-mail statement. Despite the dis, there are reports circulating that Emanuel's brother, Hollywood mogul Ari Emanuel, is close to the controversial GOP candidate. [Sun-Times] [Chicago]

  • Fate of former Chicago Police Department official Glenn Evans is a test for new chief

Glenn Evans was a high-ranking Chicago police official with a long history of excessive-force complaints. Now his future is in the balance as the department decides how to discipline him for allegedly punching a woman and breaking a bone in her face. CPD superintendent Eddie Johnson is asking for a 30-day suspension, but the Independent Police Review Authority has recommended his firing. Reform advocates are anxiously waiting for the final decision to determine whether real reform is possible under Johnson. [Washington Post]

  • McDonald's reportedly moving headquarters from the suburbs to the West Loop

Oprah Winfrey's iconic Harpo Studios has been empty for too long, and now fast-food giant McDonald's is reportedly near a deal to move its Oak Brook headquarters to the Harpo campus. McDonald's would be latest company to move its suburban headquarters into the city; relocating to the booming Fulton Market District area would be a plus for the company. [Crain's Chicago Business]


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