Welcome to the Reader‘s morning briefing for Thursday, May 5, 2016.
- Weather: The sun comes out
It will be a beautiful early May day, with a high of 56 and a low of 45. It’s supposed to be mostly sunny, though there’s a chance of rain during the evening. [AccuWeather]
- Rauner sued by social service groups over unpaid state bills
Acting as the Pay Now Illinois coalition, 64 social service groups with state contracts sued Governor Bruce Rauner and his administration over unpaid bills Wednesday. Coalition members, who provide services ranging from helping patients with HIV and AIDS to helping children, say the state owes them more than $100 million. [Tribune]
- Rahm worries Friends of the Parks will try to block Obama library next
Not only is Mayor Rahm Emanuel worried about the future of the Lucas Museum after it was revealed Tuesday that George Lucas is considering cities other than Chicago, he’s also concerned that Friends of the Parks may file a lawsuit to block the construction of Barack Obama’s presidential library once the museum’s location is announced. The library, which will be built in either Washington Park or Jackson Park, is expected to be completed in 2020 or 2021—barring any hurdles. [DNAinfo Chicago] [NBC Chicago]
The mysterious disappearance of a medical student in Hyde Park
The mystery surrounding the recent disappearance of 28-year-old medical student Ambrose Monye in Hyde Park has left his family worried and confused. Officials say they have no leads in the case. Monye, who’s less than six weeks away from graduation, was last seen on April 22 walking toward the John Crerar Library on the University of Chicago campus. [Fox News]
- The history of Grant Park from the 19th century to today
Lollapalooza, Taste of Chicago, the NFL Draft Town, and the massive celebration of Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential win are just a few of the events that have made Grant Park iconic. Curbed Chicago takes a deeper look at the history of the park among the skyscrapers and how it became what it is today. [Curbed Chicago]
- Chicago mayor Stacey Dash? It’s happening in the Sharknado universe.
Clueless star turned controversial Fox News contributor Stacey Dash has been cast as the mayor of Chicago in Sharknado 4: The 4th Awakens. There’s no doubt that many people would love to see Dash channel her inner Rahm Emanuel in the latest installment of the franchise, but it sounds like it will be a cameo appearance. The movie’s set to air on the SyFy channel on July 31. [Tribune]