Welcome to the Reader‘s morning briefing for Friday, April 1, 2016. Happy April Fools Day!
- Weather: Colder with a few showers possible
The temperature will drop quite a bit Friday, with a high of 48 and a low of 35 expected. There might be some rain during the day. It will stay cool for most of the weekend, with snow possible late Friday and Saturday. [AccuWeather]
- CPD officer Jason Van Dyke’s new job with police union sparks outrage
Jason Van Dyke may be Chicago’s most hated police officer. But the Fraternal Order of Police has never stopped supporting him, even after the police dashcam video of him shooting 17-year-old Laquan McDonald 16 times was released, and he was charged with first degree murder for McDonald’s death. Now the police union has hired Van Dyke in a $12 an hour “jack-of-all-trades” job. The news isn’t going over well, and protesters gathered outside the union’s West Loop headquarters Thursday. In a widely-shared Facebook post, anti-violence activist Father Michael Pfleger slammed the FOP for supporting Van Dyke. [Sun-Times] [ ABC7Chicago]
- Chicago mayor Tom Dart? He’s not ruling it out.
Cook County sheriff Tom Dart might have a mayoral run in his future. He’s not ruling out a run for mayor in 2019, and will weigh whether or not he can make a difference and still have time for his family. It’s unclear if Mayor Rahm Emanuel will run for a third time, so Dart, who previously served as a state representative and a state senator, might be a good candidate to fill the establishment void. [NBC Chicago]
- The recession still isn’t over on the city’s west side
Chicago’s total unemployment rate has been decreasing, but it’s remained at recession-level highs in many African-American neighborhoods on the south and west sides. The Chicago Reporter explores how double-digit unemployment is affecting the west side. [Chicago Reporter]
- Detroit-based Shinola bringing factory to the south side
The loss of manufacturing jobs in Chicago has become a growing problem, but one company dedicated to American-made products is planning to open a plant on the south side. Watch and bicycle manufacturer Shinola announced plans to open an eyewear factory in an undetermined neighborhood by 2017. [Tribune]
- West Town teenager challenges Rahm to an old-school sword fight
Wells Community Academy High School senior Duncan Ritchie was inspired by Othello to challenge Mayor Rahm Emanuel to a sword fight. Clearly he’s not the only Chicagoan who wants to see Rahm compete in a duel—nearly 2,000 people have expressed their interest on Facebook in attending the (hypothetical) event. [DNAinfo Chicago]