79th Street rally takes aim at ending gun-violence surge and other Chicago news | Bleader

79th Street rally takes aim at ending gun-violence surge and other Chicago news

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Mayor Rahm Emanuel and CPD superintendent Eddie Johnson spoke at an anti-violence event on 79th Street Saturday that drew thousands of people who have lost loved ones or were affected by gun violence. - BRIAN JACKSON/FOR THE SUN-TIMES
  • Brian Jackson/For the Sun-Times
  • Mayor Rahm Emanuel and CPD superintendent Eddie Johnson spoke at an anti-violence event on 79th Street Saturday that drew thousands of people who have lost loved ones or were affected by gun violence.

Welcome to the Reader's morning briefing for Monday, May 23, 2016.

  • Weather: The warm finally arrives

Chicago's been teased with warm weather several times this spring but it looks like it's finally here to stay. Monday will be beautiful with a high of 76 and a low of 60. Expect sunshine all day. [AccuWeather]

  • About 4,000 gather against "out of hand" violence

It's been a very bloody year so far in Chicago, and thousands gathered Saturday to take a stand against the violence. Pastor John F. Hannah of New Life Covenant Church in Grand Crossing organized an anti-gun-violence rally that stretched across 42 blocks of 79th Street. "Too many kids are having their childhood stolen from them," Mayor Rahm Emanuel said at the event. [DNAinfo Chicago]

  • Gruesome details emerge after two people are charged in Gage Park murders

About three months after six members of one family were brutally murdered in their Gage Park home, 22-year-old Diego Uribe-Cruz and 19-year-old Jafeth Ramos have been charged with six counts of first-degree murder. Uribe-Cruz was related to the family, and prosecutors revealed disturbing details about the murders the young couple allegedly committed in order to steal "$550 and an Xbox." [ABC7 Chicago]

  • Chicago Police conduct "one of the largest gang raids in the city's history"

Thousands of dollars worth of drugs and many weapons were seized and 140 people were arrested in a large gang raid, police said Friday. The Chicago Police Department is hoping that weakening the gangs will also stop some of the rampant gun violence that's plaguing the south and west sides. "Put simply, violence this summer will not be tolerated," says police superintendent Eddie Johnson. [New York Times]

  • Celebrities with largely forgotten Chicago ties

Did you know that Marlon Brando, Charlie Chaplin, and Patti Smith all lived in the Chicago area at one point in their lives? In the wake of the news that Irish singer Sinead O'Connor has been living in Wilmette, the Chicago Tribune runs down many largely forgotten celebrity ties to the city. [Tribune]

  • Ferris Bueller returns to Chicago, sort of

Thirty years after its release, Ferris Bueller's Day Off is still one of the most iconic Chicago movies. Who can forget the famous scenes at Wrigley Field or the Art Institute? Super fans of the 1980s film gathered in the area over the weekend for "Ferris Fest," and NBC Chicago has gathered some of the best social media posts documenting the celebration. [NBC Chicago]


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