IPRA doesn't have records of six police-involved shootings, and other Chicago news

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IPRA chief administrator Sharon Fairley, right, speaks at a news conference in March. - AP PHOTO/M. SPENCER GREEN FILE
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  • IPRA chief administrator Sharon Fairley, right, speaks at a news conference in March.

Welcome to the Reader's morning briefing for Thursday, August 4, 2016.

  • Weather: Hot and humid

It will be sticky and humid Thursday, with a high of 88 and a low of 76. It will be partly sunny during the day, but there's a chance of a thunderstorm overnight. [AccuWeather]

  • Independent Police Review Authority reportedly lost records of six CPD shootings

The Independent Police Review Authority had no records of six police-involved shootings, according to a new report from Joe Ferguson, the city's inspector general. "During this historic moment of transformation of police oversight in Chicago, the City should recognize that the use-of-force reporting is a crucial tool for meaningful transparence," the inspector general's office wrote in the report. IPRA defended itself by saying that the agency doesn't have the resources to keep track of every shooting and relies on Chicago Police Department information. [Associated Press via ABC News]

  • Testing for lead in water supply to start on streets with higher risk of exposure

The city of Chicago is set to start testing tap water on streets for lead. Streets with a higher risk of exposure will be tested first. Water will be tested before and after street mains are replaced, which can have a major effect on lead levels. [Tribune]

  • Damage to Union Park from Pitchfork will cost $4,700

Fixing up Union Park from the Pitchfork Music Festival isn't going to be cheap. The security deposit from host Big Stik will cover the bill, which is expected to be $4,723.50. It's still not nearly as expensive as cleanup after the 2015 festival, which rang up at $6,500 due to heavy rain. [Tribune]

  • Good news for bikers and walkers: separate paths are coming to the lakefront

With hundreds of bikers and walkers battling for space on the lakefront trail, it can be a less than peaceful experience. Fortunately, it shouldn't be a problem once the city adds a second path between Fullerton and Ohio on the north side and 31st and 51st on the south side. One path will be designated for pedestrians and one for bikers. [DNAinfo Chicago]

  • Local juke producer and Olympian heads to Rio

Troy Doris might be best known for his career as a juke producer, but music isn't the only area he excels at. Doris is also a track-and-field star who's heading to Rio to represent Guyana, where his parents were born. The former University of Iowa standout read in a Guyanese newspaper that he'll be the country's flag bearer during the opening ceremonies Friday. [Vice]


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