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At least 14 CPS schools test positive for lead in the water supply, and other Chicago news

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CPS chief education officer Janice Jackson, Chicago - Public Health commissioner Julie Morita, and CPS head Forrest Claypool at a press conference on lead levels in the schools Thursday - LAUREN FITZPATRICK/SUN-TIMES
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  • CPS chief education officer Janice Jackson, Chicago Public Health commissioner Julie Morita, and CPS head Forrest Claypool at a press conference on lead levels in the schools Thursday

Welcome to the Reader's morning briefing for Friday, June 10, 2016.

  •   Weather: Very hot, with a thunderstorm possible

It's supposed to go above 80-degree temperatures Friday, with a high of 90 and a low of 73. A thunderstorm is possible in the early afternoon.  [AccuWeather]

  •      High lead levels found in the water at several CPS schools

There’s no doubt it's been a rough spring for Chicago Public Schools, what with the state budget impasse and threats of a new round of teacher strikes. Now there's more bad news: high levels of lead have been discovered in the water at 14 schools. Although CPS didn't reveal exactly how much lead has been found, the water supply was shut down and water coolers were brought in at Reilly Elementary School in Avondale. Another sign of trouble at the district: 54 school principals have left CPS this school year, an unusually high number. [Sun-Times] [Tribune] [DNAinfo Chicago] [Catalyst Chicago]  

  •      Rauner has only visited two CPS schools despite calling them "crumbling prisons"

Governor Bruce Rauner angered rival Mayor Rahm Emanuel when he compared many of Chicago Public Schools' buildings to "crumbling prisons." But according to CPS, Rauner's only visited two of them since his inauguration in January 2015: Gage Park High School and the now-closed Drake Elementary School. Interested parties took issue with the governor's statement. "It was an amazing visit, which is why the 'prisons' is so offensive," Gage Park principal Brian L. Metcalf told the Sun-Times. [Sun-Times]

  •      Illinois attorney general Lisa Madigan sues sandwich chain Jimmy John's

Jimmy John's is well-known for its quick service—and the strict noncompete agreements it forces employees to sign. On Thursday Illinois attorney general Lisa Madigan filed suit against the Champaign-based chain over the controversial contracts, which may be illegal in Illinois. She's asking the court to void all past noncompete agreements and stop Jimmy John's from making workers agree to such terms in the future. [Crain's Chicago Business]

  •      Chicago Police Department hires former news anchor to help improve public relations

News anchor Robin Robinson was a familiar face on the local Fox station for nearly 30 years. Now CPD chief Eddie Johnson has brought Robinson to the police department as an adviser on community relations and departmental spokesperson. Robinson is "a very well-respected member of the community," and the department is expecting her help to be "instrumental" in improving community relations, according to police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi. A well-publicized controversy regarding an "exclusive" interview with R. Kelly  during her time at Fox didn't appear to be an issue for the police. [Tribune]

  •      Hamilton sets a date for Chicago ticket sales, announces prices

Theater lovers have been anxiously awaiting any word about ticket sales for the upcoming Chicago production of Broadway sensation Hamilton. Now there's a date: the musical's creator, Lin-Manuel Miranda, posted a video announcing that tickets will go on sale at 10 AM Tuesday, June 21. They'll range from $65 to $180—a refreshing change from the current frenzy for Hamilton in New York that has the price starting at $549 per ticket. There will also be premium seats, higher ticket prices during the holiday season, and a lottery for $10 tickets before every performance. Miranda says he's committed to bringing students from local schools to see the show for free. [DNAinfo Chicago]


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