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The Rundown: The Chicago Bears’ $4.6 billion stadium plan

Good afternoon! I really want to watch the Civil War movie. I heard there’s a scene after the credits where Kirsten Dunst teams up with Captain America. Here’s what you need to know today.

1. The Chicago Bears reveal its plans for a $4.6 billion domed lakefront stadium development

The NFL team today opened the playbook on what sources say will be a $4.6 billion project to put a fixed-roof domed stadium on a lakefront site, my colleague Fran Spielman writes.

“This is not an easy project, but Chicago doesn’t like it easy. We like to do the difficult things ... the things that resonate with people for generations to come,” Bears President Kevin Warren told reporters at Soldier Field.

Mayor Brandon Johnson, who appeared with Warren, said the project’s financing plan does not call for “implementing any new taxes on the residents of the city of Chicago.”

But at an unrelated press conference today, Gov. JB Pritzker remained skeptical of a looming request for taxpayer assistance.

“There are a lot of priorities that the state has and I’m not sure that this is among the highest priorities for taxpayers,” the governor said. [Chicago Sun-Times]

2. Services for Chicago Police Officer Luis Huesca will be held Monday

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Rita of Cascia Catholic Church at 7740 S. Western Ave., my colleague Tom Schuba reports.

Huesca was attacked early Sunday while driving from work to his apartment in the Gage Park neighborhood. He was still wearing his uniform when he was shot multiple times, and his SUV was taken after he was wounded.

His killing has been formally classified as a line-of-duty death, and Huesca’s family will now be entitled to additional benefits.

Meanwhile, investigators continue searching for a “person of interest” in the attack. The Chicago Police Department issued a community alert that included surveillance videos.

The alert asks for the public’s help identifying a male “subject,” who police said should be “considered armed and dangerous.” [Chicago Sun-Times]

3. The mother of Dexter Reed filed a federal civil rights lawsuits over his killing by police

The lawsuit argues Reed was killed by Chicago Police officers who unlawfully pulled over his SUV last month and were “outrageously” aggressive as they approached him, my colleague Mary Norkol reports.

The lawsuit also accuses Chicago Police of promoting “brutally violent, militarized policing tactics,” and argues that the five officers who stopped Reed “created an environment that directly resulted in his death.”

Reed was driving in the Humboldt Park neighborhood on March 21 when tactical officers in an unmarked car stopped his GMC Terrain.

Video footage released by the Civilian Office of Police Accountability, which investigates police shootings, shows the officers drawing their guns as they yelled for Reed to lower his window and open his door.

COPA said Reed failed to do either and opened fire, striking an officer in the wrist. The other officers then returned fire. As many as 96 shots were fired in 41 seconds. [Chicago Sun-Times]

4. Specialty schools in Chicago appear to take budget cuts under a new equity funding formula

Several selective enrollment and magnet schools are facing budget cuts next fall, according to members of elected governing bodies for each school that are known as Local School Councils.

The news comes as Chicago Public Schools is changing its funding formula for individual schools, hoping to boost neighborhood schools that largely serve students from low-income families in Black and Latino communities.

But CPS faces a $391 million budget shortfall. And school district officials haven’t factored in projected raises that could add $100 million or more after ongoing contract negotiations with the Chicago Teachers Union and others.

“So with no clear sources of new revenue, it appears CPS is redistributing existing funding from some schools to others,” my colleagues Sarah Karp and Nader Issa report.

School officials said it would be “inaccurate” to draw conclusions from the school-level budgets, which are preliminary. [WBEZ]

5. The parent company for Foxtrot and Dom’s faces a proposed class-action lawsuit

The lawsuit accuses parent company Outfox Hospitality of violating federal and state laws that provide some safeguards for employees in the event of mass layoffs.

The lawsuit, from a former employee at a Foxtrot location in Old Town, says Outfox did not provide 60 days’ notice for mass layoffs. Jamil Moore, the employee, said he was laid off during the middle of his shift. [Chicago Sun-Times]

Meanwhile, ModernRetail provides an inside look into the downfall of Foxtrot, suggesting the grocer expanded too quickly and, as a result, lost its vision.

According to a former employee, decisions from up top “removed our authority in the retail space,” and Foxtrot became a place that “carried Magic Spoon cereal that Target also has, but for cheaper,” ModernRetail reports. [ModernRetail]

Here’s what else is happening

  • The Supreme Court today heard arguments over whether states can ban abortions for patients facing medical emergencies. [NPR]

  • President Joe Biden today signed a law that would ban TikTok unless it splits from Chinese parent company ByteDance. [NPR]

  • Housing experts say there are not enough homes in the U.S. [NPR]

  • The mass arrival of cicadas in northern Illinois could be a few weeks away. [Chicago Sun-Times]

Oh, and one more thing …

Chicago’s famed “rat hole” has been removed, my colleague Jessica Ma reports.

The piece of sidewalk that featured a Looney Tunes-like imprint of a rodent — neighbors say it’s from a squirrel, not a rat — was taken by city crews this morning.

Grace Pynnonen, who lives on the block, said she will miss the rat hole. It felt like she was “living next to a celebrity,” she said.

“It was definitely amusing,” Pynnonen said. “It put our little neighborhood on the map.” [Chicago Sun-Times]

A city spokesperson told Block Club Chicago that “rat hole” will be preserved until a future location is found, Block Club reports. [Block Club Chicago]

Tell me something good …

With the weather warming up, what are your favorite restaurants for outdoor dining, whether it’s a patio or a rooftop?

Rick Roberts writes:

“Sooo … for breakfast at least may I suggest THE best patio in Chicago is M.Henry’s in Andersonville. That back patio is both charming and free of street noise. Food and service are outstanding. My wife and I try going there twice a week for food, ambiance and service.”

And Pamela Moore writes:

“Our favorite spot for eating is Al’s in Little Italy. You can’t lose no matter what you choose but the Italian beef is the real winner along with the fries. We follow it up with an ice cold Pepsi, then we head across the street to Mario’s for an Italian lemonade. Mmm!!! My husband and I grew up there and although we now live on the Southeast Side, we head to the Westside for the BEST ITALIAN BEEF ever.😁”

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