Officials haven't warned us about lead in our drinking water, Beyonce hits town over Memorial Day weekend, and other Chicago news | Bleader

Monday, February 8, 2016

Officials haven't warned us about lead in our drinking water, Beyonce hits town over Memorial Day weekend, and other Chicago news

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click to enlarge Beyonce performed onstage during the Super Bowl 50 Halftime Show Sunday. - MATT COWAN/GETTY IMAGES
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  • Beyonce performed onstage during the Super Bowl 50 Halftime Show Sunday.

Welcome to the Reader's morning briefing for Monday, February 8, 2016.

  • Weather: Colder with a bit of snow

It's going to get colder this week, and today we start off with a high of 33 and a low of 23. There will be some flurries in the morning and evening, but not much snow will stick to the ground. [AccuWeather]

  • Does Chicago have a water crisis on its hands?

More than two years ago, a study by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency researchers reported high levels of lead in the drinking water of Chicago homes where "water mains had been replaced or new meters installed." And nearly 80 percent of Chicago properties are "hooked up to service lines made of lead." The study was released in 2013, but the city hadn't previously warned residents about the potential hazards. [Tribune]

  • Beyonce will bring Formation to Soldier Field this spring

After stealing the show at Super Bowl 50, Beyonce announced her 40-date Formation World Tour, which will land in Chicago on May 27. Based on the overwhelming response to her halftime performance, don't be surprised if the show sells out quickly. American Express card holders will get the first dibs on tickets, which go on sale February 9. Sales to the general public start February 16. [Sun-Times]


  • Ex-Chicago police chief McCarthy could hop across the pond to London

After being dumped by Mayor Rahm Emanuel just days after the Laquan McDonald shooting video was released, Garry McCarthy is reportedly under consideration to lead London's Metropolitan Police. "I'd fix London's police the way I sorted Chicago's," he told the Sun newspaper. [Sun]

  • Chicago police officer suing estate of teen he shot and killed

In a bizarre twist, the police officer who shot and killed 19-year-old Quintonio LeGrier and 55-year-old Bettie Jones on December 26 is suing LeGrier's estate. Officer Robert Rialmo wants more than $10 million in damages because the teen's actions before the shooting allegedly caused him "extreme emotional trauma." [New York Times]

  • The perfect gift for someone who misses Chicago

Local entrepreneur Marty Groark has come up with a great idea for homesick Chicago expats: the Chicago Gift Box. He assembles beloved local products like Cracker Jacks, Jays Potato Chips, Green River Soda, and Chicago sports team memorabilia, and will ship the boxes anywhere in the world. [DNAinfo Chicago]


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