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10 Must-Read Stories for This Week in Chicago

Chicago’s most eligible singles, what’s going on with Moody’s, and more

Supporters of the Chicago Teachers Union march down LaSalle Street.   Photo: Chris Sweda/Chicago Tribune

1. Lower Income Equals Lower Test Scores in Our Schools

More than half of students in Illinois schools are low-income, putting pressure on schools throughout the state. The Daily Herald and WBEZ measure the Poverty-Achievement Index.

2. The ‘Hunting Photo’ Arrest Report that CPD Couldn’t Find

What the department couldn’t do in a year took a couple reporters less than a month. The Sun-Times tracks the viral photo down.

3. Chicago’s Most Eligible Singles

From Sam Zell’s personal chef to a beekeeper to a pro soccer player, they’re accomplished in a variety of fields. Chicago magazine finds the city’s finest.

4. Behind Chicago’s Rift with Moody’s: Rater’s Tough New Stance

The bond rater changed its math, and cities aren’t happy with the strict new refs. The Wall Street Journal goes inside the decision.

5. Unraveling the Hidden Secrets of Chicago’s Pedway

It connects more of the downtown than you might think (or guess from its terrible mapping). The Tribune gets to the bottom of the underground.

6. Can Chicago Become a Black Tech Global HQ? That’s Black Tech Mecca’s Goal

Fabian Elliott came to Chicago as a Google intern. Now he wants to bring more professionals like him to the city. DNAinfo profiles his new organization.

7. Police Shooting Video Highlights Importance of Accountability

The Independent Police Review Authority is investigating, and the city could soon pay out $360,000 to a car full of unarmed teens who were shot at over a dozen times. The Chicago Reporter follows up its exclusive.

8. This Neighborhood Could Be a Model for Urban Planning by 2025

Goose Island was established as a manufacturing district two decades ago. Now it’s “one of the rarest urban planning opportunities in the country.” Crain’s previews its future.

9. How ClickHole Became the Weirdest—and Funniest—Place on the Internet

Start by sifting through 800 to 1,000 ideas a week. Chicago dives in.

10. Teachers Unions Tackle Social Justice to Improve Schools, Communities

The Chicago Teachers Union is reknowned for its organizing—and expanding to broader issues. Others are following its path. Catalyst Chicago explains.

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