FBI warned CPD about possible plot to kill cops during Laquan McDonald controversy, and other Chicago news | Bleader

FBI warned CPD about possible plot to kill cops during Laquan McDonald controversy, and other Chicago news

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Police stand guard as demonstrators march through downtown during a protest following the release of the Laquan McDonald video on November 24, 2015. - PHOTO BY SCOTT OLSON/GETTY IMAGES
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  • Police stand guard as demonstrators march through downtown during a protest following the release of the Laquan McDonald video on November 24, 2015.


Welcome to the
Reader's morning briefing for Wednesday, June 15, 2016.

  • Weather: Rain and a thunderstorm are possible

It will be hotter Wednesday, with a high of 86 and a low of 67. It will be cloudy, and there's a chance of thunderstorms and/or rain throughout the day and evening. [AccuWeather]

  • FBI warned Chicago police officers about plot to kill cops after Laquan McDonald shooting

A confidential informant let the FBI know that the lives of Chicago Police Department officers could be in danger following the release of the Laquan McDonald video in November, according to newly released e-mails. The FBI passed along information to the police about a plot that involved gang members gathering outside the infamous Homan Square building and the 14th District headquarters in order to ambush officers walking to their cars. [Tribune]

  • Cop captured on video stomping on suspect's head put on paid leave

Meanwhile, CPD chief Eddie Johnson has taken away the powers of an officer who was caught on video apparently stomping on a suspect's head. The incident in the 3900 block of West Grenshaw reportedly happened shortly before the now-viral video was uploaded to Facebook Monday afternoon. The Independent Police Review Authority is investigating the incident; the Fraternal Order of Police says it disapproves of Johnson's actions. [Sun-Times]


  • Orlando shooting victim Angel Candelario-Padro had recently relocated from Chicago

Former Chicago resident Angel Candelario-Padro, 28, was one of nearly 50 people murdered in the Pulse nightclub shooting early Sunday morning in Orlando. His former coworkers at the Illinois College of Optometry are mourning his death and remembering his kindness and vibrant personality. The memories are recent, as he'd only left Chicago for Orlando in March. "Angel was true to his name, an angel," his former supervisor Roseanna Thompson told the Tribune. [Tribune]

  • Does big business believe that Chicago will thrive despite many crises?

Bloomberg has an interesting take on McDonald's return to the city from the suburbs, saying that companies moving their headquarters to Chicago are "creating an island of prosperity amid urban dysfunction." In view of the city's high violent-crime rate, near junk-bond credit rating, and pension debts, Chicago doesn't seem like an ideal location for business. Ultimately, though, the good outweighs the bad and the urban location is desirable, according to the article. "Chicago has been around for 180 years, and, after a while, people tend to tune out the political rhetoric. The business community believes that the city will survive it," Donald Haider, a former finance director for the city and a professor at Northwestern University's Kellogg Graduate School of Management, told Bloomberg. [Bloomberg]

  • Remembering the local woman behind the iconic beehive hairdo

Gracing the heads of everyone from Audrey Hepburn to Barbra Streisand and Amy Winehouse, the beehive is one of the most famous hairstyles of all time. Many people don't know that the style was created by Chicago-based Margaret Vinci Heldt, who operated her salon, Margaret Vinci Coiffures, on Michigan Avenue in the 1950s and '60s. [New York Times]



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