Welcome to the Reader's morning briefing for Tuesday, August 9, 2016.
The weather will remain nice Tuesday, with a high of 86 and a low of 73. There will be periods of sun and clouds. [ AccuWeather ]
Mayor Rahm Emanuel called the fatal police shooting of Paul O'Neal a "tragedy" and said he agreed with Chicago Police Department superintendent Eddie Johnson's decision to remove the police powers of three officers who fired their guns. He didn't offer up any solutions, saying that he didn't "want to make any further judgment until they are concluded with their investigation." [Tribune]
Most of the 324 people killed in shootings in Chicago during the first half of 2016 were young African-American men, according to an analysis by the Sun-Times. Many of the victims had several things in common: they lived in poverty-ridden neighborhoods with gang conflicts, had had previous run-ins with authorities, and were "caught up in violence long before they were killed." [Sun-Times]
Jason Gonzales lost his challenge to the powerful Illinois house speaker in the Democratic primary in March. Now he's claiming that Madigan and the political machine were involved in "fraudulent election shenanigans" against him, according to the Sun-Times. Gonzales alleges in the federal lawsuit that Madigan and his cohorts registered two fake candidates to split the Hispanic vote in the 22nd District, claimed that the Harvard grad was a "convicted felon" in ads, and placed Madigan supporters at polling places. He wanted to win "at all costs," according to the lawsuit. [Sun-Times] [Associated Press via WBEZ]
Chicago Public Schools released its budget for the 2017 fiscal year, which calls for $232 million in spending cuts—something the Chicago Teachers Union is not happy about. "Today's budget announcement will have significant impact on the classrooms and our contract negotiations," CTU spokeswoman Stephanie Gadlin told DNAinfo Chicago. The district said in a statement that the new budget puts it on "a path toward fiscal stability while protecting classrooms so Chicago's students can continue their remarkable gains." [DNAinfo Chicago]
Former governor Rod Blagojevich will appear in court via video for a resentencing hearing Tuesday, and it's his best chance for reducing his sentence, according to Politico. There have been some major developments in the case since Blagojevich entered prison in 2012, from con man Stuart Levine's recent release from jail to Jesse Jackson Jr.'s misuse of campaign funds and subsequent imprisonment to his friend Donald Trump becoming the Republican candidate for president (in case you forgot, Blagojevich was a contestant on Celebrity Apprentice). [Politico]