Welcome to the Reader‘s morning briefing for Friday, March 24, 2017.
- Jason Van Dyke indicted on 16 new charges, one for each bullet that hit Laquan McDonald
Former Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke has been indicted on 16 new charges of aggravated battery in the death of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald. Van Dyke was charged with one count for each of the 16 shots he fired at McDonald in October 2014. He has already been charged with six counts of first-degree murder and one count of official misconduct in McDonald’s death. [DNAinfo Chicago]
- Chicago lost more people in 2016 than any other metropolitan area in the U.S.
Approximately 19,570 people moved out of the Chicago metropolitan area in 2016, which was the greatest population loss of any metropolitan area in the U.S., according to the Tribune. Chicago was also the only one of the ten largest metropolitan areas to lose residents. It’s the second year in a row that the area has lost more residents than it gained: 11,324 people left in 2015. Cook County also lost more residents than any county in the U.S. in 2016, and experts believe it’s a regional issue: most of the cities losing residents are located in the midwest or the northeast, including Saint Louis and Pittsburgh. “There’s this big regional thing going on,” local demographer Rob Paral told the Tribune. “It’s not about what’s wrong with Chicago—if anything, it’s what’s wrong with the Midwest or the Northeast.” [Tribune] [WBEZ]
- Field Museum lands major Jurassic World dinosaur park exhibit
A dinosaur park is coming to the Field Museum in May. The museum has landed the popular Jurassic World “dinosaur theme-park experience derived from the blockbuster film franchise,” according to the Tribune. The exhibit was a huge success at museums in Melbourne, Australia and Philadelphia, so museum officials are thrilled to host it from May 26 through January. “It’s going to be a big deal,” the museum’s president Richard Lariviere told the newspaper. “There’s a lot about those movies that isn’t scientifically accurate, but they also have turned a lot of young people on to paleontology and the study of prehistory.” [Tribune]
- CPS approves school construction projects adding up to nearly $300 million
Chicago Public Schools is in the midst of a financial crisis, but the Chicago Board of Education greenlighted nine new school construction projects that will cost nearly $300 million Wednesday. The board approved building three new schools in the South Loop, Read-Dunning, and Clearing neighborhoods, and building annexes onto Ebinger, Esmond, Mount Greenwood, Prussing, Zapata, and Byrne elementary schools. A $45 million property tax levy available only for construction will be used for the projects, according to CPS officials. [WBEZ]
- City Council committee passes resolution urging Rauner to return to the bargaining table with state workers’ union
The City Council’s Workforce Development Committee has passed a resolution urging Governor Bruce Rauner to resume negotiations with the biggest state workers’ union, AFSCME. Alderman Howard Brookins, who sponsored the legislation, doesn’t believe the governor will listen to the City Council’s plea, but hopes he listens to the media and the public’s requests. [WBBM-AM]
- River North is getting another hotel rooftop lounge this spring
Chef Richard Sandoval is opening a modern Japanese restaurant and lounge called Noyane on the roof of the Conrad Chicago hotel in May. Sandoval is working with a Tokyo-based fish supplier to import specialty fish for the menu. “If you put the fish side by side with what you can get here, it will blow your socks off,” he told Eater Chicago. Noyane will serve sushi, nigiri, steamed buns, sake sangria, and more. [Eater Chicago]