Welcome to the Reader's morning briefing for Thursday, May 12, 2016.
Thursday will be a beautiful sunny day with a high of 70 and a low of 52. But we have to make it through some early-morning rain before we get to the good part of the day. [AccuWeather]
Chance the Rapper's father, Ken Bennett, is the deputy chief of staff for Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the director of the Mayor's Office of Public Engagement. But that doesn't mean Chance is a fan of Rahm's. In an interview with Complex magazine, the rapper says that the city "need(s) a new mayor, for sure." When asked if he thinks the outgoing President Barack Obama would do well in Rahm's job, he responds affirmatively saying, "It would be awesome having a good man represent the city because I feel like we haven't had that since Harold Washington." (Although he says Mayor Richard M. Daley was "sick" too.) [Tribune] [Complex]
Ira Cotton was standing on his front porch just after midnight Wednesday when someone walked up to him, demanded his car keys, and shot him in the leg as he handed them over. The bullet killed the 56-year-old Grand Crossing resident. Police are investigating whether the crime was random or if Cotton was targeted. [ABC 7 Chicago]
Mayor Rahm Emanuel may not be popular locally, but the new mayor of London told Time magazine that he wants to meet with him to discuss the "interesting stuff" he's doing with the Chicago Infrastructure Trust. Emanuel launched the bank in 2012 to attract private money to public projects, but it's so far been less active and less productive than the mayor had hoped. [Tribune] [Time]
The long-awaited trauma center at the University of Chicago Medical Center is one step closer to becoming a reality. A group of state regulators voted to approve the plan to add the $270 million center and more cancer care to the south-side hospital. The plan still needs approval from a local group of emergency medicine directors. [DNAinfo Chicago]
News anchor Katie Couric and filmmaker Stephanie Soechtig have teamed up for Under the Gun, a documentary about gun violence in America. In addition to examining mass shootings like the Sandy Hook massacre, they cover urban violence in Chicago. Couric features the story of a family whose teenage son was shot and killed in West Pullman and antiviolence activist Father Michael Pfleger. [Tribune]