Because you have a life, you might have missed some of the big stories this weekend from the Sun-Times and other outlets. We’re here to help.
It started with a found photo of a black man, under arrest, dressed in deer antlers like a bagged trophy. But the tale of Michael Spann is an even more tragic story of a man born in prison, killed in a drive-by and dogged in between by one of the dirtiest police units in Chicago history.
THE WATCHDOGS: Warren R. Wilkinson left Choose Chicago, the city’s taxpayer-subsidized tourism bureau, abruptly in 2013. But he didn’t leave empty-handed – he took a six-figure buyout package with him after just a little more than 2 years on the job.
The Chicago Public Schools need a boatload of money to make a teacher pension payment by Tuesday and the Rauner administration is offering a $450 million lifeline. But, of course, there are strings.
Chicago is in the midst of a gun violence epidemic – and an uptick in murders. But these four neighborhoods have gone years without a homicide.
Speaking of Chicago gun violence . . . three people were killed and 18 wounded in weekend shootings in the city.
Everything is awful. Unless you’re a plant. This is already our wettest June on record and we’re not done yet.
FROM AROUND THE WEB
Build an 82-story building in Chicago by 2017? Good luck with that | via Chicago Architecture blog
The Night Chicago politicians spent punching each other in the face | via WBEZ
Chuck’s Guns: A brief history of Chicago’s notorious gun shop | via The Trace
Allen West: Confederate flag debate ‘manufactured political crisis’ to distract from violence in Chicago | via The Root