Welcome to the Reader's morning briefing for Wednesday, April 26, 2017.
At least 1,008 people had been shot in Chicago in 2017 as of Tuesday morning, according to the Tribune. The city reached the 1,000 gunshot victims milestone Monday, just four days later than the city reached that number in 2016. The weekend violence (seven people were killed and 31 were wounded in shootings) continued into Monday and early Tuesday when three people were killed and 13 were wounded in shootings. [Tribune] [DNAinfo Chicago]
Seven Chicago high schools made U.S. News and World Report's annual ranking of the best high schools in Illinois: Northside College Preparatory High School, Walter Payton College Preparatory High School, Jones College Prep High School, Whitney Young Magnet High School, Lane Tech High School, Lincoln Park High School, and Brooks College Prep Academy High School. Northside and Payton high schools were named in the top 100 in the nation, with Northside at #40 and Payton at #64. [DNAinfo Chicago]
Donald Trump vilified immigrants during his presidential campaign and has continued to do so since being sworn into office, signing executive orders that target undocumented immigrants, among other measures. As federal immigration officials emboldened by Trump's executive orders seek out and detain undocumented immigrants, their communities are experiencing an increase in fear that can impact their health.
"We noticed that there's a lot of mental health needs and specific health problems that people face when they're undocumented," says Wendy Mironov, a registered nurse with Salud Sin Papeles (Health Without Papers). The grassroots group has been around for two years and focuses on improving the health of and access to health care for undocumented immigrants, families, and communities by educating undocumented immigrants on their rights.
Since 2004 Plastic Crimewave (aka Steve Krakow) has used the Secret History of Chicago Music to shine a light on worthy artists with Chicago ties who've been forgotten, underrated, or never noticed in the first place. Older strips are archived here.
LGBTQ rights are likely headed for a showdown at the U.S. Supreme Court after judges in Illinois came to opposite conclusions from courts in Georgia and New York on whether LGBTQ people are protected from discrimination in the workplace.
Last week the New York City-based Second Circuit Court of Appeals found against Donald Zarda, a skydiving instructor who claims he was let go from his job after informing a client he was gay. A three-judge panel held that a 2000 ruling from the court—which claimed that the 1964 Civil Rights Act doesn't protect against sexual orientation bias—precluded Zarda's ability to challenge his firing.
This conflicts with a decision handed down by the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals earlier this month. In an 8-3 decision, the Chicago-based appellate court ruled that a college professor had the legal right to sue her university after claiming she'd been blocked from a promotion due to her sexual orientation. Kim Hively, a lesbian, claimed in the suit that she had been chastised by an administrator at Indiana's Ivy Tech Community College after kissing her partner in the parking lot. (The staff member claimed that Hively was caught "sucking face.")