Jackie Robinson West parents say their children were exploited, Ford looks beyond cars with the help of Chicago design firm, and other Chicago news | Bleader

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Jackie Robinson West parents say their children were exploited, Ford looks beyond cars with the help of Chicago design firm, and other Chicago news

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click to enlarge The Jackie Robinson West All Stars Little League baseball team celebrates its 2014 Little League Championship. The team was later stripped of its title. - AP PHOTO/CHARLES REX ARBOGAST, FILE
  • AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File
  • The Jackie Robinson West All Stars Little League baseball team celebrates its 2014 Little League Championship. The team was later stripped of its title.

Welcome to the Reader's morning briefing for Tuesday, February 16, 2016.

  • Weather: A bit of snow and a high above freezing

It continues to get a bit warmer, with a high of 35 and a low of 28. It will be cloudy with some small flurries throughout the day and evening. [AccuWeather]

  • New details revealed in lawsuit filed by Jackie Robinson West parents

The parents of the residency-scandal-plagued Jackie Robinson West Little League baseball team are asking for financial compensation in a new lawsuit. The suit claims that the children were exploited by Little League International after the team won the league's national championship in 2014. [Tribune]

  • Chicago firm designing the "commute of the future" for Ford

Owning a car in downtown Chicago isn't practical for many residents, but public transportation isn't always the best option either. Ford realizes that many city dwellers don't want or need cars, and has assigned local employees at design firm Ideo to develop non-car products that could change the future of transportation. [New York Times]


  • Rhymefest no longer working with Kanye, praying for his health

Oscar- and Grammy-winning local songwriter and rapper Rhymefest has stopped working with longtime collaborator Kanye West, and says West needs to step away from the public eye and the "yes men" in order to heal his mind and spirit. On Twitter, Rhymefest noted that he's tried reaching out to West personally without any luck. Kanye's recent bizarre behavior includes reigniting a feud with Taylor Swift, calling himself "this generation's Disney," loudly proclaiming Bill Cosby's innocence, and claiming to be $53 million in debt. [NBC Chicago]

  • After years of battles, developers now control old Children's hospital site

The vacant Children's Memorial Hospital site in Lincoln Park hasn't been touched since 2012. But now, following years of disputes over redeveloping the six-acre property, developers McCaffery Interests and real estate firm Hines Interests have finally officially purchased and taken control of the property. [Curbed Chicago]

  • Experts predict amazing 2016 seasons for Cubs, White Sox

USA Today has released its projections for the upcoming Major League Baseball season, predicting good things for both the north and south sides. The Cubs are projected to lead the National League Central Division with 101 wins and 61 losses, and the White Sox are projected to lead the American League Central Division with 90 wins and 72 losses. [USA Today]


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