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This Week’s 10 Must-Read Stories

Police-misconduct lawsuits, Saul Bellow’s last interview, the link between Chicago teens and combat veterans, and more

Sharon Fairley, the new head of the Independent Police Review Authority (IPRA), answers questions from members of the Chicago City Council during hearings on police misconduct.   Photo: Nancy Stone/Chicago Tribune

1. Small Group of Police Costs City Millions in Settlements

124 police—one percent of the force—were identified in nearly a third of misconduct lawsuits in the past six years. The Tribune tracks some of them down.

2. Saul Bellow’s Last Interview

A 2000 talk with the late author re-emerges. Are we in danger of losing the legacy of the author of Augie March? Hazlitt resurrects it.

3. Beyond Stonewall: How Gay History Looks Different from Chicago

And it’s more representative of the early days of the gay-rights movement than the more famous examples of San Francisco and New York. Slate goes back into the past.

4. Rahm Emanuel: The Least Popular Mayor in Modern Chicago History

His job approval ratings are lower than Michael Bilandic’s were after the Blizzard of ’79. Chicago runs the numbers.

5. Pen & Paper

Courtroom artist Andy Austin drew Blago and John Wayne Gacy, but her favorite cases were in bankruptcy court. She tells her story to Criminal.

6. ‘Nothing Happens to the Police’: Forced Confessions Go Unpunished in Chicago

Reparations are being paid for Jon Burge, but are there others out there like him? The Guardian investigates.

7. Is School Food Too Heathful?

Um, no. But Chicago Public School’s “spicy chicken patty” has gotten slightly better. WBEZ sits at the kids’ table.

8. The “Blue White House” in Chatham Has Finally Sold

It’s a model of the President’s house… except for the very different color. Chicago makes a visit.

9. The Local Tomato That Came from the Future

Tomatoes grown in Roselle in winter? Yes—inside a seven-and-a-half acre building. Fooditor profiles MightyVine.

10. Chicago Teens and Combat Veterans Join Forces to Process Trauma

Their experiences are actually similar, so they’re trying to help each other. NPR talks with the people at the Urban Warriors program.


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