Welcome to the Reader's morning briefing for Wednesday, July 27, 2016.
It will be pleasant Wednesday, with a high of 86 and a low of 71. There will be sun and clouds. [AccuWeather]
Mayor Rahm Emanuel missed the first two days of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, prompting some speculation as to why the former White House chief of staff was keeping his distance. But Emanuel will be in attendance Wednesday and Thursday, along with other notable Chicagoans—Cook County Board president Toni Preckwinkle was given a seat next to former president Bill Clinton Monday night. [Daily Herald] [Sun-Times]
Black Chicago residents were 18 times more likely to be killed by another person than white residents were in 2015, according to a new study by the Illinois Violent Death Reporting System. It's a significant increase from 2005, when blacks were eight times more likely to be killed than whites. The overall homicide rate was slightly higher in 2015 than 2005, but the homicide rate for blacks increased significantly. [DNAinfo Chicago]
GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump frequently points out Chicago's gun violence epidemic, but he has so far ignored Indiana's role in the crisis. Studies have shown that many of the guns used in gang shootings in Chicago were purchased in Indiana, thanks to the state's looser gun laws. Trump's running mate, Indiana governor Mike Pence, downplays the connection. "Blaming Chicago's crime problems on Indiana is unfortunate and inaccurate," Pence's press secretary Kara Brooks told the Marshall Project. [The Marshall Project]
Another apartment complex is being planned for a popular stretch of Milwaukee Avenue also known as the "Hipster Highway." Clayco is interested in building a 140-unit apartment building at Milwaukee and Armitage Avenues, along the CTA Blue Line. The building would join a number of other transit-oriented developments already under way. [Crain's Chicago Business] [Curbed Chicago]