Welcome to the Reader's morning briefing for Friday, April 8, 2016. Have a great weekend!
Unfortunately, Friday won't be very different from Thursday. It will remain cold, with a high of 44 and a low of 28. It will be windy, and rain and/or snow is possible. It will be even colder Saturday, but a brief warm-up is expected Sunday. [AccuWeather]
Reports that former U.S. House speaker Dennis Hastert sexually abused at least one student at Yorkville High School during his time as the school's wrestling coach have circulated for nearly a year. Now the Tribune reports that at least four people have made credible allegations that Hastert sexually abused them. The story identifies three men allegedly abused by the disgraced politician while they were teenagers on his wrestling squad. [Tribune]
One of new interim Chicago police superintendent Eddie Johnson's first actions on the job was an act of kindness. Madison Pruitt, age six, dreams of being a Chicago police officer, but tragically is in hospice care with a rare form of cancer. Johnson and a number of other cops visited Pruitt, where they did their daily roll call and presented her with a uniform, police star, and a medal of valor. [ABC7 Chicago]
A White Sox cap is one of Chance the Rapper's signature accessories, and now the baseball team has enlisted his help to design a new line of them—he's even redone the logo. Caps will be available for sale beginning Friday. Chance is also reportedly close to signing a deal with the Sox that would make him an official club ambassador. [Billboard] [ ESPN]
Thousands of shootings and homicides have taken place all over Chicago, from River North to Austin, over the past few years. DNAinfo Chicago's map shows every one of them since the beginning of 2010; according to the news site it will be updated regularly. [DNAinfo Chicago]
In December 2015, single-family homes were worth less than they were in December 2005 in 89 percent of Chicago-area zip codes. The majority of those with increasing home prices were in the city, including the Gold Coast and West Loop neighborhoods, which reflects the growing popularity of urban life over the suburbs. [Crain's Chicago Business]