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More than 1,000 people have been shot in Chicago in 2017, and other news

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click to enlarge Montrell Davis, 10, breaks down in tears as he talks about Chicago gun violence. Davis and hundreds of people joined Cardinal Blase Cupich in Englewood earlier this month. - ASHLEE REZIN/SUN-TIMES
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  • Montrell Davis, 10, breaks down in tears as he talks about Chicago gun violence. Davis and hundreds of people joined Cardinal Blase Cupich in Englewood earlier this month.

Welcome to the Reader's morning briefing for Wednesday, April 26, 2017.

  • More than 1,000 people have been shot in Chicago in 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]

  • Federal judge in San Francisco blocks Trump's sanctuary cities funding order

    A federal judge in San Francisco blocked President Donald Trump's executive order to stop funding sanctuary cities, including Chicago, that don't share information on a person's immigration status with federal agencies. San Francisco and nearby Santa Clara County started the legal action against the executive order, arguing that it violated the Constitution, and won the preliminary injunctions Tuesday. The federal government could still ask the U.S. Court of Appeals to overturn the ruling, according to Bloomberg. [Bloomberg[

  • Northside College Prep, Walter Payton College Prep named among the top 100 high schools in the country

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]


  • Elementary school students asks Rauner: "Why are we so bad with money?"

Illinois governor Bruce Rauner visited New Baden Elementary School in Saint Louis Monday and got grilled by a young student on the state budget crisis. The elementary school student asked him: "Why are we so bad with money?" Rauner responded with, "We need to get balanced budgets, and that's what we're trying to do." Illinois gives the smallest portion of its budget to school funding of any state in the country because of budget woes, the governor told the students during an assembly. [Belleville News-Democrat]

  • There are plenty of condos for sale in the Trump Tower

An unusually high numbers of condominiums are for sale in the Trump International Hotel and Tower in River North, according to the Tribune. About 11 percent of the 486 units are for sale, which is a high percentage for the area. "I've never seen such a glut," real estate agent Carla Walker of KoenigRubloff Berkshire Hathaway told the newspaper. "When people live where they've paid $1.5 million and up, they don't want to see people hanging out and demonstrating. And there's still a stigma there for some people." [Tribune]

  • Man gets out of jail after being convicted of his best friend's murder as a teen under controversial felony murder rule

Justin Doyle, 24, has been released from jail after spending nine years in prison under Illinois's controversial felony murder rule, which the Reader reported on in depth last year. When he was 15, Doyle and two of his teenage friends, who were all unarmed, were breaking into a house near Rockford when someone sleeping in the house fatally shot Doyle's best friend, Travis Castle. Under the felony murder rule, Doyle was charged with the murder of the 14-year-old and sentenced to 30 years in prison because the law allows a suspect to be charged with murder if a person dies when certain felonies are being committed. Doyle's legal team filed a clemency petition in 2015 and Governor Rauner commuted his sentence. [Tribune]

  • Wicker Park's the Bedford closed without notice

The Bedford restaurant in Wicker Park notified its employees Monday that the business was closed permanently. The 6,000-square-foot restaurant opened in 2011, taking over a former MB Bank location at 1612 W. Division. The restaurant was known for its cocktail lounge in one of the building's bank vaults. [DNAinfo Chicago]


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