Emanuel narrowly avoids testifying on police code of silence, and other news

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Mayor Rahm Emanuel speaks to reporters Tuesday at City Hall about improvements in funding for Chicago's police and fire pensions. - LOU FOGLIA/SUN-TIMES
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  • Mayor Rahm Emanuel speaks to reporters Tuesday at City Hall about improvements in funding for Chicago's police and fire pensions.

Welcome to the Reader's morning briefing for Wednesday, June 1, 2016.

  • Weather: Storms could bring hail and damaging winds

Storms could get serious Wednesday, with hail and damaging winds possible. A high of 77 and a low of 62 are expected. [AccuWeather]

  • City settles whistleblower lawsuit, which means Rahm won't testify

Chicago settled a $2 million lawsuit from cops Daniel Echeverria and Shannon Spalding, who claimed they were "blackballed" by the Chicago Police Department for speaking up about corruption. The timing of the deal is convenient, because the judge presiding over the case had ordered Mayor Rahm Emanuel to testify about the department's code of silence. [Tribune]

  • State legislators' decision on the future of nuclear energy could have major consequences

Illinois's nuclear power plants have fallen on hard times economically. Energy giant Exelon, which owns nuclear plants in the state, is asking the state government for help to keep the plants running. The decision legislators are facing is tough: helping the nuclear power plants stay open will save jobs and keep the state producing electricity, but will also face concerns over the potential environmental hazards that come with the nuclear terrain. The decision could have major repercussions nationally. [City Lab]

  • Many Memorial Day shootings were concentrated on the west side

Sixty-nine people were shot and six people were killed over the weekend, according to the Tribune. Much of the violence was concentrated on the west side, especially in the Harrison Police District. At least fatalities were down from last year, when 12 people were killed and 44 wounded. [Tribune]

  • Illinois has the highest unemployment rate in the country

Illinois has something new to brag about: the state now has the highest unemployment rate in the nation. The state budget impasse isn't helping. Before Governor Bruce Rauner took office, Illinois's unemployment rate wasn't great, but it's only gotten higher since he moved into the governor's mansion. [Chicago Reporter]

  • Man serving life sentence for Brown's Chicken massacre speaks out from prison

Paul Modrowski is serving a life sentence for "accountability murder" in connection with the infamous Brown's Chicken massacre. Despite being in prison, Modrowski has written a blog posted by his family via hand-written letters from his maximum security prison since 2009. The podcast Reply All has interviewed him for a fascinating multipart series (they've released three episodes so far). Modrowski says he didn't commit the murders. The series is a must-listen for local history buffs. [Reply All]


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