Economic opportunity bleak for young black men, Springsteen offers free download of United Center concert, and other Chicago news | Bleader

Monday, January 25, 2016

Economic opportunity bleak for young black men, Springsteen offers free download of United Center concert, and other Chicago news

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click to enlarge Ron Rivera, head coach of the Carolina Panthers and former Chicago Bears player, celebrates with the George Halas Trophy Sunday. - SUN-TIMES
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  • Ron Rivera, head coach of the Carolina Panthers and former Chicago Bears player, celebrates with the George Halas Trophy Sunday.

Welcome to the Reader's morning briefing for Monday, January 25, 2016.

  • Weather—Relatively warm with afternoon rain

Temperatures remain warm with a high of 40 and a low of 31. It will be cloudy with some showers this afternoon—but at least it's not snow. [AccuWeather]

  • Former Philly, D.C. police chief returns to Chicago in advisory role

Chicago native Charles Ramsey, who previously led the police departments in Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., has been hired by Mayor Rahm Emanuel to consult with the Chicago police on civil rights issues. Ramsey rose through the ranks of the Chicago Police Department before leaving for the east coast and was considered for the superintendent role in 2011. [USA Today]


  • Employment opportunities bleak for young black men in Chicago

Almost half of the young black men between the ages of 20 and 24 in Chicago were not in school or working in 2014, according to a new report from the Great Studies Institute at UIC. Sadly, the unemployment rate is much higher in Chicago than it is in other major cities. [Tribune]

  • Former Bears head to the Super Bowl with Carolina Panthers

The Bears didn't even come close to qualifying for the NFL playoffs this season, but cornerback Charles Tillman and tight end Greg Olsen will be in Super Bowl 50 with the powerhouse Carolina Panthers, who are led by coach (and 1985 Bear) Ron Rivera. [Sun-Times]

  • Public employee union backs Kim Foxx for state's attorney

The race for Cook County state's attorney is heating up again. AFSCME Council 31 has joined Cook County Board president Toni Preckwinkle in backing Kim Foxx over controversial incumbent Anita Alvarez. [Politico Illinois Playbook]

  • Download Bruce Springsteen's United Center concert for free

Missed the Boss in Chicago last week? Don't worry, because he's offering a free audio download of the United Center concert on his website until Tuesday evening. It's a gift for fans who missed out on Springsteen's canceled Madison Square Garden show because of the massive east- coast blizzard. [WGN]


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