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Morning drive podcast and news roundup: Tax hikes for schools and smokes for the arts

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A judge has ruled former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley can be sued for alledged police brutality, which happened under former Police Commander John Burges. Attorneys representing victims of the police brutality will seek some political sway in court today. Former Illinois U.S. Sen. Adlai Stevenson and former Illinois Gov. Jim Thompson are joining congressmen, aldermen and prominent attorneys in signing the document that asks the Supreme Court to order a review of the Wrice case, and the cases of 14 other alleged torture victims who are still in prison.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel defended the Chicago Public Schools proposal for a $150 million hike in property taxes. Emanuel said the hike would keep class sizes as they are. CPS says the owner of a $250,000 home would pay about $84 more each year and that property-tax payers would face a separate levy for school construction. 

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn wants to abolish a legislative scholarship fund. Representatives can nominate constituents for scholarship for state college. Quinn will take action at the end of this week to limit the program. Quinn said having a program which has been surrounded by controversy is not the way to grow scholarship in the state.

Patients in Illinois will soon be able to look online for information about their doctor. A new law requires physicians to list any criminal activity, including any malpractice incidents, on their online profile.

Despite canceling an open practice last week due to poor field conditions, Chicago Park District is saying Soldier Field will be ready for the Bears preseason game on Saturday.

Since 2006, each cigarette smoked in the Cleveland area goes to arts funding. This year alone, the organization collecting the money from tobacco sales will hand out $15 million to arts organizations. That’s enough to catapult Cleveland to one of the top arts supports in the country. Changing Gears digs into how smokes are helping to fund the arts.

In another installment of Clever Apes, WBEZ’s Gabriel Spitzer talks to Craig Hogan, a physicist wanting to test whether we are living in a giant holograph. Okay. And then he talks to a Princeton University music theorist and composer about music having three- and even four-dimensional shapes.

White Sox face off against the Orioles at Camden Yards and the Cubs have the Nationals at Wrigley tonight. 

A sunny day today, but with highs in the upper 70s. It’ll be cooler tonight – highs in the upper 50s.   

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