Chicago Police Department Superintendent Eddie Johnson speaks to the media. Credit: AP Photo/Teresa Crawford

Welcome to the Reader‘s morning briefing for Friday, April 15, 2016. Have a great weekend!

  • Weather: Friday will be the beginning of an incredible warm weekend

The spring weather Chicago has been waiting for patiently is finally here. Friday will be sunny and beautiful with a high of 63 and a low of 48. The weather will only get better Saturday and Sunday as temperatures hit the high 60s and (maybe) 70s. [AccuWeather]

  • Report accusing CPD of racism could be the catalyst for change

The Police Accountability Task Force’s damning report may be the wake-up call that the Chicago Police Department needs. Although the racial-bias data cited was very disheartening for many Chicagoans, community leaders and activists were shocked that the report was so honest about the police’s deep-rooted problems and see it as a step forward. “We made it very hard for folks to ignore what we are saying. I don’t think that’s going to happen,” task force chair Lori Lightfoot said about the report’s recommended reforms. [Christian Science Monitor]

  • Lawsuit: Construction causing unsafe lead levels in the city’s water supply

The water crisis in Flint, Michigan has Americans on high alert about the lead levels in their water and many Chicagoans are worried. Three Chicago residents have actually filed a class-action lawsuit claiming that replacing the city’s old water mains has increased the water’s lead levels by disturbing the existing lead pipes. Water Management commissioner Tom Powers, who announced his resignation last week, says the drinking water is safe. [NPR]

  • Stabbing and robbery outside of Loop hotel scares tourists

The police have been warning Chicagoans about robberies in the Loop—one robbery resulted in a stabbing in front of a Residence Inn Marriott hotel Wednesday night. A 21-year-old hotel worker was walking to work around 11 PM when a man got out a car, demanded cash and stabbed him. [ABC7 Chicago]

  • Collar counties see rise in deaths associated with potent heroin substitute

Deaths from use of a synthetic form of fentanyl, which is 80 to 200 times more potent than heroin, are rising in Chicago’s collar counties, according to Fox32 Chicago. Authorities believe that heroin users are unknowingly buying the drug—which is being substituted for heroin—and overdosing. [Fox32 Chicago]

  • Senator Mark Kirk to skip Republican National Convention

Locked in a heated race with Tammy Duckworth, Kirk has been distancing himself from the increasingly polarizing GOP for a while now. He met with President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland, and announced his support for marriage equality. He won’t even be attending the party’s highly-anticipated convention in Cleveland this summer, with its expected Trump circus (and possible riots). [Politico]