How the Laquan McDonald dash-cam video changed the city, and other Chicago news | Bleader

How the Laquan McDonald dash-cam video changed the city, and other Chicago news

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Demonstrators calling for an end to gun violence and the resignation of Mayor Rahm Emanuel march through downtown in December 2015. - SCOTT OLSON/GETTY IMAGES
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  • Demonstrators calling for an end to gun violence and the resignation of Mayor Rahm Emanuel march through downtown in December 2015.

Welcome to the Reader's morning briefing for Thursday, April 21, 2016.

  • Weather: Warm again, with a possible thunderstorm

A high of 67 and a low of 44 are expected Thursday. A rain shower and/or thunderstorm is possible in the afternoon. [AccuWeather]

  • Understanding post-Laquan McDonald Chicago

The release of the Laquan McDonald shooting video has obviously had a huge effect on Chicago. Now the story is getting the New York Times treatment, as the Sunday magazine and Chicago-based reporter Ben Austen examine the many ways the scandal has affected the city. It's a must-read feature—especially the part about Austen's interaction with Emanuel at City Hall. [New York Times Magazine]

  • Karen Lewis slams Rauner again, calls him "the new ISIS recruit"

It's no secret that Chicago Teachers Union president Karen Lewis and Illinois governor Bruce Rauner aren't friends, but Lewis has taken the feud a step further. During a speech to the City Club Wednesday, she called him a "liar" and "the new ISIS recruit." Being compared to a notorious Islamic fundamentalist terrorist organization is probably a new low for Rauner. [DNAinfo Chicago]

  • Former congressman Mel Reynolds taken into custody

Ex-politician Mel Reynolds's ongoing legal issues for a misdemeanor tax case have landed him in the Metropolitan Correctional Center. A U.S. District Court judge had the former congressman taken to jail Wednesday after he violated his bond conditions twice. That included visiting Zambia without permission and not returning from South Africa on schedule. [Sun-Times]

  • Don't leave your bike in these spots

DNAinfo Chicago has created an extremely useful map of all bike thefts in Chicago since 2010. The most dangerous spot to park your bike in the city? The 1600 block of North Lake Shore Drive, which has had 90 reported bike thefts. [DNAinfo Chicago]

  • The Blackhawks' Andrew Shaw suspended one game for alleged homophobic slur

During a wild Blackhawks game full of fights Tuesday night, forward Andrew Shaw appeared to say "fuck you" followed by an antigay slur. Shaw released a statement Wednesday apologizing for his "insensitive remarks," but told reporters after the game that he doesn't remember what he said in the heat of the moment. After looking into the incident, the NHL suspended him for one game and fined him $5,000. [NBC Chicago] [Tribune]



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