Welcome to the Reader's morning briefing for Tuesday, July 19, 2016.
Tuesday will be the perfect sunny July day, with a high of 85 and a low of 73. Enjoy it while it lasts! [AccuWeather]
Mayor Rahm Emanuel has a $21 million property tax rebate for homeowners in the pipeline, but several aldermen and activists want him to give renters a break as well. Emanuel has already rejected Alderman Carlos Ramirez-Rosa's $35 million plan, but the alderman gathered with colleagues and community activists at City Hall Monday to demand that the administration reconsider. The "plan would have 'incentivized landlords' not to raise rents by offering a property tax rebate—but only to those who held the line," according to the Sun-Times. [Sun-Times]
Of the eight people murdered and 52 wounded in shootings over the weekend, two of the men killed should have still been in jail, according to Chicago Police Department deputy superintendent John Escalante. Carlos Harding, 20, had previously been arrested 61 times, and Raygene Jackson, 38, was sentenced to 46 years in prison for a murder conviction in 1995. Their long criminal pasts should have kept them incarcerated, where they would have been safer, according to Escalante. The wave of violence isn't going unnoticed: Alderman Ray Lopez called the gang violence surge a "public health emergency." [DNAinfo Chicago] [DNAinfo Chicago]
There's a major expansion and renovation plan in the works for O'Hare International Airport, which could mean significant improvements for travelers. New gates and an overhaul of Terminal 2 could result in more flight options and fewer delays, says USA Today, making O'Hare a much more attractive airport. [USA Today]
Illinois Republican Party chairman Tim Schneider is trying to unite the pro- and anti-Trump Illinois delegates and officials at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. "We're not your enemy, we're your friend," he said at the delegation's breakfast gathering Monday morning. Several high-profile Republicans including Governor Bruce Rauner and Senator Mark Kirk have not endorsed presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump and are not attending the convention. State rep John Cabell, cochair of the Trump campaign in Illinois, denied rumors that the Illinois GOP hasn't been working with the presidential campaign. [WBEZ]
Parents of Chicago Public Schools students protested the district's proposal to build another selective enrollment school, Obama College Prep, with $60 million in funds from tax increment finance money. "It's a horrible process for kids to fight and claw to get into these schools," Old Town resident Sherise McDonald told DNAinfo Chicago. "Very few kids get in, and the rest are left out there." [DNAinfo Chicago]