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The Rundown: A Chicago first: school board ballot shaping up

Plus, piping plovers Imani and Searocket have laid eggs at Montrose Beach. Here’s what you need to know today.

Good afternoon! Some of the rooftops across from Wrigley Field could be torn down and replaced with pickleball courts and apartments. Here’s what else you need to know today.

1. For the first time ever, candidates have started turning in signatures to get on the ballot for Chicago’s elected school board

After more than a decade of lobbying, years of negotiation and months of sorting out the logistics, it’s finally time for candidates to file petitions to get on the ballot for Chicago’s first-ever school board, my colleague Nader Issa writes for the Chicago Sun-Times.

The week-long process began today, with hopefuls giving election officials the minimum 1,000 signatures needed from residents who support their candidacy in one of 10 districts. Candidates have until 5 p.m. next Monday to file.

Some of the candidates said their reasons for running include wanting to see schools get more resources and giving immigrant families more of a voice.

Some prospective candidates — which includes Grammy Award-winning musician Rhymefest — have been raising money since last year, accumulating $205,805 among 35 campaign committees.

Voters will choose 10 elected board members in the Nov. 5 election, then Mayor Brandon Johnson will appoint another 10 plus the board president. The new 21-member board will be inaugurated in January. [Chicago Sun-Times]

2. What Colombia can teach Chicago about managing a migrant wave

Chicago has struggled to care for destitute migrants arriving from the southern border, but the number of Venezuelans in the city hardly compares to how many have migrated over the past decade to neighboring Colombia. Bogotá alone has received more than 600,000.

My colleagues Chip Mitchell and Anthony Vazquez flew to Colombia this spring to see how that smaller and less prosperous country has handled its Venezuelan influx, interviewing more than 30 migrants and public officials, humanitarian leaders and scholars, most of them in Spanish. He also asked dozens of regular Colombians for their views on the migrant tide.

Colombia initially rolled out the welcome mat and, by many measures, absorbed this population with little harm and many benefits. Nearly 1.9 million Venezuelans gained paths to formal employment as well as Colombia’s education and health care systems.

More recently, however, Colombia’s migrant integration has begun to falter due to the indifference of a new president, waning interest among international donors and a wave of xenophobia rippling through the public. [WBEZ]

3. Chicago could see more consecutive scorching days this week than any time since 2005

Though high temperatures aren’t unusual in mid-June, the National Weather Service says this many consecutive days is uncommon, Brett Chase reports for the Chicago Sun-Times.

The last time Chicago had a consecutive streak of seven days of temperatures in the 90s was in June 2005, Illinois State Climatologist Trent Ford told the Sun-Times.

And temperatures are expected to stay in the 70s even at night. The last time Chicago saw a seven-day streak of low temperatures above 70 degrees was in June 1933. [Chicago Sun-Times]

All of the city’s 50 outdoor pools and 27 indoor pools opened for the season today after the Chicago Park District was able to hire enough lifeguards for the first time in years. The Humboldt Park Beach also opened today for the first time in four years. [Chicago Sun-Times]

4. The 1996 Democratic convention was redemption for Chicago — and then-Mayor Richard M. Daley

With the Democratic National Convention returning to Chicago in two months, my colleague Fran Spielman took a look at how the 1996 Democratic National Convention in the city was personal for Daley.

Daley was determined to showcase a new and different Chicago on the world stage and erase the ugly memory of the clashes between anti-Vietnam War protesters and Chicago Police that marred the 1968 Democratic convention during his father’s tenure.

The younger Daley managed to put on a convention that was almost picture-perfect, bringing positive national attention to the city.

That included handling dozens of permitted protests.

Neal Sullivan, who served as “demonstration group coordinator” for the Chicago Police Department during the 1996 convention, told the Sun-Times the formula for success was adequate training and having enough officers and staff to “respond to any situation.” [Chicago Sun-Times]

5. Piping plovers Imani and Searocket laid four eggs at Montrose Beach

The full clutch gives birding enthusiasts hope for a new generation of piping plovers in Chicago, my colleague Cindy Hernandez reports.

The first egg was found May 31 in a protected area of the beach. Since then, Searocket has laid three more.

Piping plover chicks hatch through June and into July.

To keep the nest and eggs safe, people visiting Montrose Beach are urged to respect the closed-area boundaries, keep dogs on leashes and take trash with them at the end of their visit. [Chicago Sun-Times]

Here’s what else is happening

  • The U.S. surgeon general wants warning labels on social media to alert users that platforms can harm children’s mental health. [Washington Post]
  • A fast-growing wildfire northwest of Los Angeles has burned more than 14,600 acres. [NPR]
  • The IRS wants to end another major tax loophole for the wealthy. [AP]
  • Here are five takeaways from last night’s Tony Awards. [NPR]

Oh, and one more thing …

In the mood for a different musical sound? Look no further than the Boston Typewriter Orchestra, which plays in Bridgeport this Thursday, Stefano Esposito reports for the Chicago Sun-Times.

The hourlong set is rhythm-heavy, with beats that run the gamut from bongo drum jams to heavy metal. There’s also singing, electronic effects, bells and other whimsy.

“We’ve got 20 years in this. So when we show up at a show, we do our damnedest to bring a quality product, something that’s a lot of fun and not just yahoos banging on typewriters,” said Alex Holman, who works in computational biology when he’s not performing. [Chicago Sun-Times]

Tell me something good …

Even though I grew up in Las Vegas, I despise the heat — so I need suggestions for how to survive this week. Whether it’s jumping in Lake Michigan or ordering multiple scoops of ice cream, what’s your favorite way to beat the heat in Chicago?

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

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