Richard Speck's grisly mass murder of eight Chicago nursing students in 1966 shocked the nation. Credit: UPI

Welcome to the Reader‘s morning briefing for Monday, April 25, 2016.

  • Weather: Warmer but with thunderstorms

Monday will be the warmest day of the week, with a high of 76 and a low of 53. A thunderstorm is expected to start around rush hour, and storms will continue off and on during the evening. [AccuWeather]

  • Remembering the victims of one of Chicago’s most infamous murders

The murder of eight student nurses from South Chicago Community Hospital by Richard Speck in July 1966 had such a big impact on American pop culture that it’s been referenced on television shows ranging from Mad Men to American Horror Story to Chicago PD. Now, 50 years later, the Tribune has conducted rare interviews with victims’ families and friends. The results are a fascinating look into the lives of young women who were overshadowed by their infamous killer. [Tribune]

  • Don’t count on seeing the NFL draft here next year
    This week might be your last chance for a while to see the NFL draft take over Grant Park. Polarizing NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said it’s “very likely” that the draft will move to a different city for 2017, even though the NFL’s getting a sweet deal on Grant Park. The league’s set to pay about $103,000 for renting it, even though the estimated value of the rental is $3.2 million. [Sun-Times] [DNAinfo Chicago]
  • Hastert’s wife asks judge for mercy in letter ahead of sentencing

The wife of former U.S. House speaker Dennis Hastert has written a letter on behalf of her husband begging Judge Thomas Durkin for leniency in his sentencing decision. “I have never known a more honorable and devoted man,” she wrote. Hastert pleaded guilty to federal bank fraud charges in connection to a scheme to cover up his alleged sexual abuse of teenage boys while he was a wrestling coach at Yorkville High School. His sentencing hearing is scheduled for Wednesday, when two of his accusers are expected to testify. [NBC Chicago]

  • Twenty-three-year-old daughter of Cook County sheriff’s deputy killed in Roseland

Tiara Parks was shot dead and two men were wounded while exiting a car in the Roseland neighborhood Saturday evening. Parks was the daughter of Michael Parks, who works in the Cook County courts. [ABC7 Chicago]

  • Clean-food start-ups cleaning up in Chicago market

Several Chicago-based start-ups are at the forefront of the “clean eating” trend. According to Crain’s, brands like Kitchfix (which now has a storefront in the Gold Coast), RXBar, and Simple Mills are expanding their healthy-food empires by focusing on “real” “whole foods” and avoiding artificial ingredients in their packaged and frozen food offerings. It doesn’t come cheap: Kitchfix sells a package of four frozen grain-free waffles for $9.99. The popularity of so-called clean foods has forced the giants like Deerfield-based Mondelez International to compete by ceasing the use of artificial colors and flavors in its packaged goods. [Crain’s Chicago Business]