Houston on track to unseat Chicago as the nation’s third-largest city, and other news | Bleader

Houston on track to unseat Chicago as the nation’s third-largest city, and other news

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Our city is shrinking. - AP PHOTO/NAM Y. HUH
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  • Our city is shrinking.
Welcome to the Reader's morning briefing for Friday, May 20, 2016. Have a wonderful weekend!

· Weather: Decent Friday, and an even better weekend
The weather stays relatively nice Friday, with a high of 66 and a low of 51. It will be overcast, but the weekend is expected to be more sunny and a bit warmer. [AccuWeather]

· Chicago lost population in 2015, as Houston edges toward taking third-city title
In about ten years Houston will surpass Chicago as the nation’s third-most populous city, demographers are predicting—our city’s population continues to decline while Houston’s grows. About 2,890 residents left Chicago between 2014 and 2015, making it the only city among the 20 largest in the U.S. to lose population. [Tribune]

· Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago putting prime real estate on the market
The Catholic Church isn’t above making some money on real estate in hot neighborhoods. The local archdiocese is looking to sell or lease an empty lot across from Holy Name Cathedral on the Near North Side. Some experts believe it could be worth as much as $100 million. [Wall Street Journal]

· Investigation: sexual harassment claims against ex-state treasurer Dan Rutherford “unfounded”
Onetime Illinois state treasurer Dan Rutherford’s 2014 gubernatorial campaign was destroyed in part by allegations regarding former employee Edmund Michalowski, who sued the then-treasurer claiming that Rutherford had sexually harassed him from 2011 to '13, and that his own career had suffered as a result. Now an investigative firm hired (by Rutherford) to review the claims has concluded they were “unfounded.” [NBC Chicago]

· Dennis Hastert to report to prison on June 22
Former U.S. House speaker Dennis Hastert has been ordered to report to prison on June 22. It’s likely he’ll serve his 15-month sentence at a prisoners' hospital in Rochester, Minnesota, because of health concerns. The longtime politician pleaded guilty to breaking federal banking laws in order to pay “hush money” to a man Hastert had allegedly sexually abused while working as a teacher.  Judge Thomas Durkin echoed the response, “a serial child molester,” prior to sentencing him. [Politico]

· How much money is Donald Trump making off his Chicago tower?
The Trump International Hotel and Tower is looms large over downtown. But just how much money is the tower owned by now-presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald J. Trump earning? A new public financial disclosure shows the tower generated $5 million in rent and $742,000 from condominium sales in 2015 and part of 2016. [Tribune]

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