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Welcome to the Reader's morning briefing for Friday, July 8, 2016.
Following last night's intense thunderstorms, forecasts promise a more restive day. A high of 84 with intermittent clouds, the afternoon will be breezy and less humid with a low of 65. [AccuWeather]
A WBEZ special investigation finds that the Emanuel administration's $650-million school construction efforts disproportionately benefit white and wealthy students. According to the report, most newly built schools are ostensibly intended to relieve overcrowding. But while Latino students make up 75 percent of those in overcrowded schools, they only benefit from half of new construction. White students make up only 18 percent of overcrowded students but 30 percent of kids in schools that got new construction. [WBEZ]
The City Council's budget and public safety committees held two days of police-reform hearings Wednesday and Thursday. At center stage was Chicago's Independent Police Review Authority, which is scheduled to be replaced by a new oversight agency with more civilian involvement, according to Mayor Emanuel. Activists turned out in large numbers to the hearings to support the proposal and insist on increased democratization of the police accountability apparatus. [CBS Chicago]
New York-based architect Michael Sorkin penned an open letter to George Lucas and Mellody Hobson, asking them to reconsider their decision not to build the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art in Chicago. The controversy over the museum dragged on for months, spurred by Lucas' insistence that the building be located on the lakefront and opposition by Friends of the Park, and ultimately resulted in Lucas's deciding to build his legacy museum on the west coast. In his letter, Sorkin pleads, "Come back to Chicago! In no other city will your museum provide remotely comparable stimulus and balm." [Curbed Chicago]