Welcome to the Reader's morning briefing for Tuesday, March 29, 2016.
There won't be any rain Tuesday, which is always good. It will be slightly warmer than Monday, and sunny, with a high of 52 and a low of 44. [AccuWeather]
The news that Chicago had the largest population decline of any major city in the U.S. in 2015 was jarring for many. The Tribune's Dahleen Glanton looks into what factors might be causing the exodus: high unemployment, bad traffic, gun violence, and the dysfunctional city and state governments. [Tribune]
Camiella Williams is an example of how deeply gun violence has affected the south side. During the past 12 years she's lost 23 relatives and family members to shootings. Her first brush with gun violence happened in 2004, when her crush, a man named Quincy Harris was murdered. Now she's a prominent antiviolence advocate with a bachelor's degree in criminology. [The Trace]
Hopefully Illinois will have a state budget by November 8, but the state is in danger of missing important deadlines for a new election law allowing same-day registration and more early voting. The delays would make updating voter registration information or registering new voters on Election Day a very long process. [NBC Chicago]
After ruling out the police board's three finalists for the Chicago Police Department superintendent job, Mayor Rahm Emanuel called in chief of patrol Eddie Johnson to replace John Escalante as interim chief—even though he didn't apply for the job. It's reportedly not certain that Johnson will remain chief; he's going to have to prove himself after what's been a very violent year. DNAinfo Chicago's Mark Konkol has backstory on the entire process. [DNAinfo Chicago]
The Cubs' spring training game against the Seattle Mariners was delayed for a few minutes when a swarm of bees stung and surrounded Cubs center fielder Jason Heyward. Poor Heyward was stung at least ten times on his face and neck, and to climbed onto a fence to avoid them. The bees also went after fans in the stands, and a chair in the relief pitchers' bullpen during the wild game. [ESPN]