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10 Stories You Should Read This Week

Inside a civil trial against a police officer, more on Scalia’s U of C years, and more

Anita Alvarez   Photo: Nancy Stone/Chicago Tribune

1. Can a Lawsuit Deliver Justice After a Fatal Police Shooting?

Inside the courtroom—and jury room—the competing stories are complex, and the stakes high. The Reader follows the full course of a civil trial.

2. The Replacements

Walgreens, ADM, Baxter, Boeing, Kraft Heinz, McDonald’s, and United/Continental all got CEOs in a little more than a year. What’s going on? And what does it mean for Chicago? Chicago magazine introduces the new titans of industry.

3. How a Leading Christian College Turned Against Its Gay Leader

An openly gay Christian blogger was hired by Wheaton to do LGBT outreach. It didn’t last long. She tells her side of the story in Time.

4. Watch “Winnie Wright, Age 11,” for Free All Week

In 1974, Gordon Quinn and Sue Davenport documented the life of a young Gage Park girl as the working-class white neighborhood changed around her. Kartemquin Films is streaming the documentary as part of its 50th anniversary.

5. James Rondeau Promotion Signals Contemporary Art Is New Power Base

The Art Institute’s former chief contemporary art collector now runs the museum—paralleling trends in the greater art world (and that of major art collectors). Crain’s profiles the new boss.

6. Black Former Law Students of Antonin Scalia Recall Unfair Treatment at the University of Chicago

40 years ago, the late Supreme Court justice was a young, star law-school prof—but some alumni claim he was less than impartial as a teacher. Gawker tells their stories.

7. Prosecutor Anita Alvarez May Pay a Price for Her Handling of Cops Who Kill

Activists and the Cook County Democratic Party are lined up against her. Is she the next Edward Hanrahan? The Nation and the Chicago Reporter team up to examine the race.

8. Following the SAFE Unit’s Money Trail

LaSalle County’s state’s attorney hired his own special investigators to bust drug runners on I-80. Is that legal? And where did the money from civil forfeitures go? Chicago Lawyer investigates.

9. How a Few Thousand Voters—and $2 Million—Could Break the Illinois Budget Stalemate

Democratic rep Ken Dunkin twice broke rank with Michael Madigan. If the speaker can knock him off in a primary challenge, Madigan can get his supermajority back. WBEZ games out the race.

10. A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Indie Wrestling Circuit

Billy Corgan briefly made Resistance Pro famous. After his departure and a bankruptcy, it continues on, carried by passionate wrestlers who make $25–$100 per match. Chicago magazine goes ringside.

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