The Rundown: Chicago moves to pull cops from schools

Plus, “doom spending” is a thing. Here’s what you need to know today.

The Rundown: Chicago moves to pull cops from schools

Plus, “doom spending” is a thing. Here’s what you need to know today.

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1. Chicago moves to pull police officers from public high schools

Chicago Public Schools officials have been told to remove police officers from dozens of high schools by the start of the next academic year, my colleague Nader Issa reports.

The move comes after Mayor Brandon Johnson gave his blessing last month to the Chicago Board of Education to end the school district’s $10.3 million contract with the Chicago Police Department.

Sixteen high schools this year have two officers, while another 23 have one cop. The rest, more than half of CPS’s 91 district-run high schools, no longer have any police. And there are no officers in elementary schools.

Students and activists for years have pushed to remove officers, saying they have a disproportionate impact on Black children and kids with disabilities.

The school board on Thursday is expected to vote on a resolution calling on CPS to develop a new policy that lays out a holistic approach to student safety and “addresses root causes and contributing factors” for disparities in student discipline. [Chicago Sun-Times]

2. Chicago doctors who treated patients in Gaza describe a massive level of suffering

A team of several doctors, including at least four from Chicago, traveled to Gaza in January to treat patients at 10 clinics operated by MedGlobal, a nonprofit that provides medical aid to vulnerable populations around the world, my colleague Violet Miller reports.

“From the beginning of the day to the end of our office hours, there was screaming,” said John Kahler, a co-founder of MedGlobal.

“I know the world is violent … [but] this is the first I’ve ever really experienced the inhumanity that man can have at another man.”

Now he and his fellow doctors want to see a cease-fire and a lifting of aid blockades that would allow outsiders to help address the growing humanitarian crises there. [Chicago Sun-Times]

Meanwhile, the U.S. today vetoed a U.N. resolution demanding an immediate cease-fire. [AP]

3. Pritzker will lay out his plan to close a $900 million budget shortfall and confront the migrant crisis

Gov. JB Pritzker tomorrow is expected to give his sixth budget address, coming at a time when the migrant crisis has increased financial pressure on the state as well as Chicago.

As the Chicago Tribune reports, there are some divisions among state Democrats over the crisis, with critics saying the state is spending too much money on asylum-seekers at the expense of impoverished communities that have long needed resources.

Rep. Jehan Gordon-Booth, the top budget negotiator for House Democrats, told the Tribune she will continue to listen to her colleagues as they seek a way to deliver more aid to migrants while also addressing other issues, like public safety and education.

But she said “it’s unrealistic to think the state is going to be able to tackle and fix something that only the federal government is going to have the ability to fix.” [Chicago Tribune]

4. Chicago Bears legend Steve McMichael, battling ALS, plans to attend the Pro Football Hall of Fame ceremony

And McMichael is fighting with all he has to get there, Chicago Sun-Times sports columnist Rick Telander writes.

McMichael, a celebrated former Bears defensive tackle, was recently elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, and he plans to attend the induction ceremony on Aug. 3.

The news comes as he battles amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a progressive disease that destroys nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord.

His wife and constant caretaker, Misty, says they’re going to the ceremony.

‘‘Stay alive?’’ she says. ‘‘At least till Canton. He deserves it and always has.’’ [Chicago Sun-Times]

5. The nation’s deepest swimming pool could be in the Chicago area

The pool would descend 130 feet below the surface and “give people an opportunity to experience deep-water diving, with water pressure similar to a more than 10-story depth, but without the chill of the deep or its currents,” the Lake County News-Sun reports.

The idea comes from Jim Elliott, a Downers Grove resident who teaches scuba diving to people with disabilities, veterans with PTSD and others.

He recently launched a $300 million fundraising effort to build the pool in North Chicago, where Elliott has the support of Mayor Leon Rockingham Jr.

“Oh my gosh, won’t this be amazing,” Rockingham said. “It’s going to be a real showcase in North Chicago. It will bring the community something to help a lot of people, including our veterans.” [Lake County News-Sun]

Here’s what else is happening

  • The White House says it’s preparing “major sanctions” against Russia following the death of opposition leader Alexei Navalny. [AP]

  • The U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear a case challenging diversity efforts at a Virginia high school. [ABC News]

  • Each member of the Beatles will get their own biopic. [Variety]

  • Astronomers discovered a black hole that shines with the brightness of more than 500 trillion suns. [BBC]

Oh, and one more thing …

First there was doomscrolling. Now there is “doom spending.”

“Confronted with economic upheaval, some younger consumers are coping with their anxiety by doom spending,” Chicago Sun-Times contributor Hector Cervantes writes.

A report from Credit Karma found 27% of Americans are doom spending, which the survey defined as “spending money despite concerns about the economy and foreign affairs to cope with stress.”

Doom spending was most common with Gen Z (35%) and millennials (43%), according to the report. [Chicago Sun-Times]

Meanwhile, my colleagues at WBEZ would like to hear from Gen Z as they search for their first jobs. [WBEZ]

Tell me something good …

What’s something that made you smile recently?

Libbey P. writes:

“I walked out the front door and saw a little sparrow in a bush, and it looked almost exactly like a simple black and white painting I have in my house — same composition, same angle of the bird. It’s like the painting came to life!”

And Renuka writes:

“Something that made me smile last Tuesday was looking out the window and seeing Deli Boys being filmed! ‘Everything dope about America comes from Chicago,’ that is true, Dilla!!!”

Feel free to email me, and your response might be shared in the newsletter this week.