Welcome to the Reader's morning briefing for Tuesday, June 28, 2016.
It will cool down considerably Tuesday, with a high of 71 and a low of 60. It will be sunny, with a bit of breeze. [AccuWeather]
Mayor Rahm Emanuel spoke out about the stinging loss of the Lucas Museum to San Francisco or Los Angeles at a news conference Monday. He slammed Friends of the Parks for preventing a parking lot on the Museum Campus from becoming what he described as a $1 billion investment in the city. "Welcome to the most important parking lot in the country," he said. The museum is the latest in a series of major political losses for the mayor including Cook County state's attorney Anita Alvarez's primary defeat and the discovery of lead in the water supply at numerous Chicago public schools. [Sun-Times] [DNAinfo Chicago]
Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton was in Chicago Monday to campaign and headline the Rainbow PUSH Coalition's annual women's luncheon. While in Bronzeville, she addressed the city and the nation's gun violence epidemic and called for "common sense gun safety reform." She referred to gun violence as a "civil rights issue right now" and spoke about 16-year-old CPS student Blair Holt, who was shot to death on a CTA bus. She also took the opportunity to slam her GOP opponent, Donald Trump, saying he wants to "get rid of gun-free zones around schools." [Sun-Times]
It's been a long time coming, but Governor Bruce Rauner and Democratic legislators are close to reaching a deal on a partial-year state budget, Rauner claimed Monday, though there's apparently still no decision on school funding. The fiscal year ends June 30, and Illinois remains the only U.S. state without a budget. Rauner is counting on both houses of the Illinois assembly to pass the budget when legislators return on Wednesday in order to keep the government operating past Thursday. [Associated Press via Northwest Herald]
A program that helps at-risk male Chicago Public Schools students has reportedly been proven to be a real force for social change. The University of Chicago Crime Lab, which has been studying the Becoming a Man (BAM) program, run by the nonprofit Youth Guidance, found that "between 2013 and 2015, there was a 50 percent decline in violent crime arrests for the 2,000 participants as compared to a control group," according to the Huffington Post. They're "talking through ways of finding peace and ways of making sure it didn't escalate further," John Wolf, a senior manager of the lab told HuffPo. [Huffington Post]
They're the most coveted tickets in town, and now the Rockefeller Foundation is granting $6 million so students from around the country can see the smash Broadway musical Hamilton. The grant will allow about 100,000 students in cities where the musical is staged—Chicago included—to see the show based on the life of the in many ways unlikely founding father Alexander Hamilton. The musical opens September 27; tickets sold out in a flash when they went on sale to the public last week. [DNAinfo Chicago]