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Welcome to the Reader's morning briefing for Tuesday, July 26, 2016.
It will be a sunny and warm late July day, with a high of 85 and a low of 71. [AccuWeather]
Sports icon Michael Jordan is the latest high-profile figure to express his concerns about the shootings of African-Americans by police officers. In a statement Jordan said that he has the "greatest respect" for law enforcement's "sacrifice and service" but he realizes that "for many people of color their experiences with law enforcement have been different than mine." He hopes that "we can come together as Americans, and through peaceful dialogue and education, achieve constructive change." Jordan plans to donate $1 million to two causes: the International Association of Chiefs of Police's Institute for Community-Police Relations and the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. It's a huge change for Jordan, who has kept his political and social opinions largely private for decades. [USA Today] [Mashable]
The Independent Police Review Authority has been heavily criticized and scrutinized for almost always ruling that shootings by Chicago Police Department officers are justified. The organization announced that is has ruled two police shootings as unjustified, bringing its total of number of unjustified shootings up to three since Mayor Rahm Emanuel appointed Sharon Fairley as the new IPRA chief in December 2015. The news comes shortly after a civilian CPD employee shot a robber in the neck Monday. [Sun-Times]
Most of Illinois's top Democrats are gathering in Philadelphia for the Democratic National Convention this week, and speculation is swirling over which Democrats might be interested in running against Governor Bruce Rauner in 2018. House speaker Mike Madigan mentioned Senator Dick Durbin as a possibility and said that they spoke about it months ago. Another name circulating is Madigan's daughter, Illinois attorney general Lisa Madigan. [Sun-Times]
Republican state representative Ron Sandack shocked the Illinois political establishment by unexpectedly resigning Sunday, citing "cybersecurity issues." Sandack, who was a leading GOP voice in the House, says that his social media accounts were hacked and that this prompted him "to re-evaluate my continued public service." [Politico]
Lollapalooza kicks off its four-day, 25th-anniversary festival in Grant Park Thursday, and in honor of the milestone, Consequence of Sound has ranked all of the festival's lineups from worst to best. The best of Lollapalooza? Summer 2008. The assessment of the 2016 lineup: "bigger doesn't necessarily mean better." [Consequence of Sound]