Anita Alvarez cedes Laquan McDonald case to special prosecutor, and other Chicago news | Bleader

Anita Alvarez cedes Laquan McDonald case to special prosecutor, and other Chicago news

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Cook County state's attorney Anita Alvarez describes the dash-cam video of the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald by police officer Jason Van Dyke. - ASHLEE REZIN/FOR THE SUN-TIMES
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  • Cook County state's attorney Anita Alvarez describes the dash-cam video of the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald by police officer Jason Van Dyke.

Welcome to the Reader's morning briefing for Friday, May 6, 2016. Have a wonderful weekend.

  • Weather: Friday will be the best day of the week

The workweek goes out on a high note with sunshine and warm temperatures. The forecast is for a high of 73 and a low of 58. The weekend won't be as nice; highs will be in the 60s, and a thunderstorm is possible Saturday. [AccuWeather]

  • Anita Alvarez asks courts for special prosecutor in Laquan McDonald case

Cook County state's attorney Anita Alvarez is withdrawing from the Laquan McDonald case. Even though it's considered a surprise move, there have been calls by activists for months to appoint a special prosecutor to the case rather than have Alvarez try it. Alvarez says the move will help avoid delays and ensure that one prosecutor is in charge. Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke is facing first-degree murder charges for shooting McDonald 16 times in 2014. [Washington Post]

  • Konkol: Fighting for the Lucas Museum doesn't make Rahm a hero

DNAinfo columnist Mark Konkol says there are no heroes in the ongoing fight to save the Lucas Museum and calls the situation "the worst story ever told." Konkol argues that if the mayor believes that winning the battle with Friends of the Parks and securing a spot for the Lucas Museum on the lakefront will make skeptical Chicagoans love him, he's very wrong. [DNAinfo Chicago]

  • Chicago Teachers Union comes up with revenue proposals instead of setting strike date

Instead of setting a strike date, Chicago Teachers Union delegates proposed a revenue-recovery plan Wednesday. The union is asking Chicago Public Schools and the City Council to consider using tax revenue and tax increment financing (TIF) surplus money to help fund the schools and prevent budget cuts. "Our plan will provide our district with a way to sustain itself until the governor and the legislature pass a budget that will provide equitable funding to CPS," CTU president Karen Lewis said in a statement. CPS isn't supportive of the union's idea. [Education Week]

  • Interested in having Empire or Chicago Fire film in your home?

TV shows filming in and around Chicago are always looking for private homes in which to shoot their scenes. Based on the show and story lines, producers could be looking for a grand mansion fit for Empire's Lyon dynasty or a crack house for Chicago Fire. According to the Trib, if you're interested in boosting the value of your home, it doesn't hurt to have hosted Cookie Lyon in your den. [Tribune]


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