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Chicago Police Department superintendent Eddie Johnson speaking to the media Thursday about the upcoming Memorial Day weekend. - LOU FOGLIA/SUN-TIMES
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  • Chicago Police Department superintendent Eddie Johnson speaking to the media Thursday about the upcoming Memorial Day weekend.

Welcome to the Reader's morning briefing for Tuesday, May 31, 2016. Welcome back to the work week after Memorial Day weekend. 

  • Weather: Beautiful day with an afternoon storm possible

After a gorgeous Memorial Day weekend, the summer weather continues Tuesday with a high of 81 and a low of 63. The only downside is possible rain or a thunderstorm in the afternoon. [AccuWeather]

  • Understanding the murder problem from the causes to the solutions

Memorial Day weekend is notoriously violent—and this year was no exception—so the New York Times reported from the city over the weekend to analyze the city's gun violence on a deeper level. There are many factors that make Chicago more violent than New York City, from gang wars to the city's rampant racial segregation to differences in gun laws and policing. Some community leaders argue that the real way to stop the senseless killings is to make educational and job opportunities available instead of just adding more police on patrol. "When you don't have much going for yourself, whether it be work, whether it be school, your options are on the block," Black Youth Project 100's Janaé Bonsu told the newspaper. [New York Times] [New York Times]

  • Rahm scores big victory over Rauner as legislature overrides governor's veto of police and fire pension bill

Mayor Rahm Emanuel has won a major victory over former ally Governor Bruce Rauner. The Illinois General Assembly overrode Rauner's veto of the controversial Chicago fire and police pension bill Monday. The governor called the bill irresponsible for delaying the city's payments to the underfunded pension funds. [Sun-Times]

  • Minimum wage protesters head to McDonald's headquarters during annual meeting

Protesters gathered outside McDonald's corporate headquarters in Oak Brook to demand a minimum wage increase to $15 an hour Thursday. Demonstrating during the restaurant giant's annual shareholders meeting, the Service Employees International Union-funded protesters are not only asking for higher wages, but to be allowed to unionize. [Bloomberg]

  • Diana Rauner's nonprofit sues her husband, the governor

Ounce of Prevention, a nonprofit run by Governor Bruce Rauner's wife Diana Rauner, is suing the state for $6 million in unpaid bills. The organization is one of many agencies with state contracts who are suing the state for money they haven't received during the ongoing budget impasse. "We do hope that this lawsuit brings attention to the fact that the social fabric is fraying as a result of this state budget impasse," the agency's Chief Operating Officer Sarah Bradley says. [NPR Illinois]

  • When a three-year-old fell in Brookfield Zoo gorilla exhibit in '96, there was a very different ending than the one in Cincinnati this weekend

The shooting of a beloved gorilla named Harambe after a child climbed and fell into his exhibit at the Cincinnati Zoo has brought back memories of a infamous incident at Brookfield Zoo in 1996. But the Brookfield Zoo story had a much happier ending after gorilla Binti Jua carried the three-year-old child to safety. Binti Jua even got a shout-out from then-President Bill Clinton and First Lady Hillary Clinton and remains an attraction to this day. [DNAinfo Chicago]


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