Willie Wilson came in a distant third in the California Democratic presidential primary, and other Chicago news | Bleader

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Willie Wilson came in a distant third in the California Democratic presidential primary, and other Chicago news

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click to enlarge Willie Wilson, with his wife, Janette, announced his presidential run in 2015. - MITCH DUDEK/SUN-TIMES
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  • Willie Wilson, with his wife, Janette, announced his presidential run in 2015.

Welcome to the Reader's morning briefing for Thursday, June 8, 2016.

  •   Weather: Be prepared for rain and storms

The weather is going to turn Thursday, with severe thunderstorms and rain possible during the daytime and evening. It will be warm, with a high of 78 and a low of 66. [AccuWeather]

  •      Ex-mayoral candidate Willie Wilson (shockingly) came in third in California primary

Hillary Clinton may have clinched the Democratic nomination Tuesday, but Willie Wilson, the failed mayoral candidate turned obscure Democratic presidential candidate, may still be actively running. He was on the ballot in the California primary Tuesday, and somehow got more votes in California (about 8,700) than in any other state, including Illinois (6,565). Despite getting little to no media attention, Wilson ended the primary season in a distant fifth place, with 22,482 primary votes. [DNAinfo Chicago]

  •    Growing debt could get Illinois in trouble with the FBI

As the state of Illinois continues to operate without a budget, the unpaid bills are adding up to more than $7 billion, including a $3 million Federal Bureau of Investigation bill. The FBI has continued to process fingerprints and run background checks, which are necessary for the state to issue professional licenses and permits. The FBI has never stopped services for a delinquent state, but is exploring "alternative collection and processing options" for Illinois, according to a spokesman. The debt could be turned over to a collections agency—the U.S. Treasury Department. [Tribune]

  •    City Colleges chief and Rahm favorite Cheryl Hyman stepping down

Cheryl Hyman, City Colleges chancellor, starred in a reelection commercial for Mayor Rahm Emanuel because of the importance of the City Colleges turnaround to his agenda. Hyman is leaving her job a year from now, she announced Tuesday, giving the City Colleges board plenty of time to search for her replacement. It's been a tumultuous six years in the job for Hyman; City Colleges faculty gave her a vote of no confidence a few months ago. [Sun-Times]

  •      Chicago Police set up "summer mobile patrol" for beaches

It's unfortunate that Chicago's beautiful public beaches have become known for large fights during the summer, but police announced a new strategy Wednesday to keep the crowds under control. The special patrol of 100 officers will be spread around parks and beaches during the summer months.  [DNAinfo Chicago]

  •      U. of C. student body president might be expelled a day before graduation

Undergraduate Tyler Kissinger, student body president at the University of Chicago, could be expelled the day before his scheduled graduation. He's in trouble for allowing 34 protesters (mostly students) into the building that houses the university president's office, where they staged a sit-in in the lobby. "If they are cracking down on people protesting, I don't understand what the university means by free expression," said Kissinger, who's been formally charged with "premeditated and dishonest behavior" that created "an unsafe situation." [New York Times]


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