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Welcome to the Reader's morning briefing for Friday, March 11, 2016. Have a great weekend!
It's going to be a wonderful Friday, with a high of 53 and a low of 43. The skies will be sunny, and it will be the perfect day to end the first full week of March. It will warm up over the weekend, but some rain showers are expected Saturday and Sunday. [AccuWeather]
Nearly 10,000 Facebook users are planning to attend the anti-Donald Trump protest outside the Republican presidential candidate's campaign rally at the UIC Pavilion Friday evening. University officials are working hard to keep everyone on campus safe and the rally and protest peaceful. Trump's biggest rival, Senator Ted Cruz, will be nearby; Cruz is speaking at an Illinois Republican Party fund-raiser honoring Governor Bruce Rauner at the Palmer House Hilton around 6:30 PM. [DNAinfo Chicago] [Tribune]
Not only will GOP presidential rivals Trump and Cruz be in Chicago Friday evening, but Democratic candidate senator Bernie Sanders will also be hitting town for some last-minute campaigning before the March 15 primary. Sanders is hosting a free public rally at Argo Community High School in southwest-suburban Summit at 8 PM. Sanders and rival Hillary Clinton both quickly added rallies in the suburbs to their schedules after Sanders's upset win in Michigan on March 8. [NBC Chicago]
The Minnesota Vikings are building a new $1.1 billion stadium in downtown Minneapolis, but there's a problem: the street next to the state-of-the-art stadium is Chicago Avenue, which the football team strongly objects to because of the rival Chicago Bears. They've even asked the city's planning commission to rename the part of Chicago Avenue previously known as Kirby Puckett Place "Vikings Way" [Minneapolis Star-Tribune]
As the most viable challenger to Cook County state's attorney Anita Alvarez, Kim Foxx has had her name in the news over the past few months. But few people know the details of Foxx's fascinating if difficult life and career, from growing up in the infamous Cabrini Green housing project to working as a Cook County assistant state's attorney to committing herself to criminal justice reform. [Reader]
Dyeing the river green on the morning of the downtown Saint Patrick's Day parade is one of Chicago's most famous traditions. Honestly, the Chicago River never looks very appealing or safe, but apparently it's full of garbage just hours before it will be dyed Saturday morning. DNAinfo Chicago reporter David Matthews spotted everything from an orange balloon to beer bottles to driftwood in the river Wednesday. [DNAinfo Chicago]