Welcome to the Reader's morning briefing for Tuesday, June 14, 2016.
It will be humid Tuesday, with a high of 81 and a low of 70. Rain and thunderstorms are expected in the afternoon and evening. [AccuWeather]
Aldermen from the City Council's Progressive Caucus gathered Monday to call for hearings on the dangerous lead levels recently found in the water at what is now 19 Chicago public schools. Twenty-Ninth Ward alderman Christopher Taliaferro, who's sponsoring a resolution demanding public hearings on the issue, says he hopes that they'll give the public answers on the problem and what can be done to remedy it. He also wants the district to test the water at every school as soon as possible, ideally before the upcoming end of the school year. "In 2016, it is outrageous that we must face the risk of putting our children in harm's way by sending them to school," he said at a news conference at City Hall. "Lead shouldn't even be in our vocabulary in this day and age." [DNAinfo Chicago]
Local homeowners are staring down the coming property tax increase, which will average 12.8 percent, according to Cook County clerk David Orr's office. When the second installment of property tax bills are sent out in a few weeks, residents will be able to see how much their taxes have increased. Most of the funds collected from the increase will go to pensions for police and firefighters. [Tribune]
One American icon will take over the building formerly occupied by another when McDonald's moves its corporate headquarters into Oprah Winfrey's former Harper Studios. The move from Oak Brook to the fashionable West Loop is the latest example of a huge corporation leaving its suburban headquarters behind to attract millennials, who are increasingly moving to cities. "This world-class environment will continue to drive business momentum by getting us even closer to customers, encouraging innovation and ensuring great talent is excited about where they work," the fast-food giant’s CEO Steve Easterbrook says. [Wall Street Journal]
When video of local black dancers performing "hiplet" (which fuses hip-hop and ballet) in pointe shoes to a popular Jason Derulo song went viral, there were a surprising number of critics who bashed the style and the man behind it, Homer Bryant of the Chicago Multicultural Dance Center. Bryant, who has serious dance credibility as the first black dancer in the New York City Ballet, discusses racism in the dance world in an interview with Chicago magazine. [Chicago]