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Welcome to the Reader's weekday news briefing for Monday, December 11, 2017.
Chicago Public Schools chief executive officer Forrest Claypool stepped down Friday under a cloud of controversy. Meanwhile two of his closest associates, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and former Obama adviser David Axelrod, have been working with Claypool on his "best exit strategy" and may help him find a new job, according to the Sun-Times. "Rahm and David and Forrest are three peas in a pod. They'd never, ever leave Claypool behind," a source told the newspaper, which notes that Axelrod's U. of C.-based Institute of Politics is looking for a new executive director. CPS chief education officer Janice Jackson will replace Claypool as the interim CEO when he officially leaves December 31. [Sun-Times]
The Chicago Police Department has now equipped all of its more than 7,000 parole officers with a body camera. "In addition to protecting the rights of the people that we serve, these devices help us take a look at what we're doing right and where we can improve," CPD superintendent Eddie Johnson said at a news conference Sunday afternoon. It's the largest deployment of body cameras in the nation, the Sun-Times reports. [Sun-Times]
Democratic gubernatorial front-runner J.B. Pritzker earned a key endorsement from the Illinois Federation of Teachers Saturday. With more than 100,000 members, the IFT is so far the biggest union of public employees to make an endorsement in the heated 2018 Democratic primary for governor. "J.B. respects workers and wants to work together to find solutions to our state's problems," union president Dan Montgomery said in a statement. "While Rauner made deep cuts and caused a crisis, J.B. believes that to increase funding for our schools and services fairly, Illinois needs a progressive income tax where the wealthy pay at a higher rate than those who can least afford it." Illinois senators Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth have already announced their backing of Pritzker in the race. [Tribune]
President Donald Trump slammed Chicago and its gun violence problem for the umpteenth time during a rally in Pensacola, Florida, on Friday. "What the hell is going on in Chicago?" Trump asked a crowd of vocal supporters. "There are those that say Afghanistan is safer than Chicago," he said, going on to blame "weak, ineffective political Democrats" for the violence. [Axios]
Four teenagers from Englewood who were coerced into confessing to the 1994 rape and murder of Nina Glover are going to split a $31 million settlement from the city. Known as the "Englewood Four," Michael Saunders, Vincent Thames, Harold Richardson and Terrill Swift were exonerated by DNA evidence in 2011. [Sun-Times]
French bakery La Boulangerie is returning to Logan Square and opening a second location in the neighborhood after closing its original shop at Logan and Milwaukee four years ago. The new bakery will be located at 3129 W. Logan. [Eater Chicago]