Top cop calls Fourth of July gun violence reduction 'progress' but 'not success,' and other Chicago news | Bleader

Top cop calls Fourth of July gun violence reduction 'progress' but 'not success,' and other Chicago news

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Chicago police superintendent Eddie Johnson, center, surrounded by mothers who have lost children to gun violence, at a press conference Friday - JAMES FOSTER/FOR THE SUN-TIMES
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  • Chicago police superintendent Eddie Johnson, center, surrounded by mothers who have lost children to gun violence, at a press conference Friday
Welcome to the Reader's morning briefing for Tuesday, July 5, 2016.
  • Weather: Warmer and sunny

Following the pleasantly cool holiday weekend, things heat up a bit. The forecast predicts a high of 84 and a low of 73. With a projected thunderstorm overnight, take advantage of this sunny day. [AccuWeather]

  • Gun violence over four-day weekend reduced from last year

With beefed-up patrols and methodical arrests of gang members prior to the weekend, 60 reported shootings and four deaths mark a slight improvement from last year's ten-person fatality toll. Chicago Police Department superintendent Eddie Johnson told the Sun-Times, "This is progress. This is not success. We will never, ever arrest our way out of this." [Sun-Times]

  • Sheryl Swoopes ousted as Loyola University Chicago women's basketball coach following investigation

After a three-month investigation of allegations of player mistreatment, Loyola's women's basketball head coach Sheryl Swoopes got thrown to the sidelines on Sunday. Back in April, ten out of 12 players asked for removal from their athletic scholarships, citing threats and other harsh motivational tactics by Swoopes as their reasoning. A replacement for the three-time Olympic gold medalist and WNBA MVP award winner as coach will commence immediately. [CBS Sports]

  • Bronzeville Arts and Recreation Center finally ready to open 

Following more than ten years of community meetings, plans, demolition, and construction, an $18.3 million arts and recreation center opens its doors this week. A joint project from Chicago Park District and CPS, the Ellis Park facility will provide Bronzeville and surrounding communities with a full-size swimming pool, gymnasium, dance classes, and more. [Tribune

  • "Stop the Pop" campaign aims to protect Chicago bungalows

Going viral with a #StopThePop online campaign and a Change.org petition, the Historic Chicago Bungalow Association has accused real estate company Welcome Home Chicago Properties of "uglifying" bungalows in the Portage Park neighborhood. The association proposes renovations that preserve the historical integrity of Chicago's 80,000-some bungalows, as opposed to the "pop tops"—second-story siding additions—installed by the firm. [DNAinfo Chicago]

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