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More than 100 people were shot and 15 killed over the long weekend, and other Chicago news

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click to enlarge Police officers investigate the crime scene where a man was shot in the alley in the Little Village neighborhood in Chicago on July 2. - AFP PHOTO / JOSHUA LOTT
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  • Police officers investigate the crime scene where a man was shot in the alley in the Little Village neighborhood in Chicago on July 2.

Welcome to the Reader's morning briefing for Thursday, July 6, 2017.

  • More than 100 people were shot and 15 were killed over the long weekend

A violent four-day Fourth of July weekend left at least 101 people shot and 15 killed between Friday afternoon and early Wednesday morning, according to the Tribune. The gun violence dramatically increased on Tuesday, July 4, when at least 42 people were shot between 3:30 PM Tuesday and 3:30 AM Wednesday. Most of the shootings occurred on the south and west sides, with only two taking place north of North Avenue. [Tribune]

  • Illinois house delays override vote on Rauner veto until Thursday, depending on attendance

Illinois house speaker Michael Madigan has scheduled the house's expected override vote of Governor Bruce Rauner's veto of a state budget plan for Thursday. The vote had been expected earlier, but wasn't called due to low attendance Tuesday and Wednesday after 14 straight days of session for the Illinois General Assembly. "I can't answer for every member who's not here," Democratic deputy majority leader Lou Lang told AP. "If they were all here, this would have been done already." With the help of 15 Republican legislators, the Illinois senate overrode Rauner's veto Tuesday, and if the house follows suit, the budget plan and tax increase will become law, at last putting an end to the budget impasse that started in 2015. [Associated Press via U.S. News & World Report]

  • Rauner slams state income tax hike, calling it a "two-by-four smacked across the forehead"

Governor Bruce Rauner slammed the proposed 32 percent state income tax hike on Wednesday, calling it "a two-by-four across the forehead" and threatening to do "everything possible" to prevent the override of his veto. Ratings agencies including Moody's and Standard & Poor's have placed the state at just above junk level and say there may still be further downgrades, but according to the Tribune, the governor, a multimillionaire former private equity executive, "showed little public concern about the threats," telling reporters, "Don't listen to Wall Street." [Tribune]

  • Illinois Board of Elections delays Trump election data request until August meeting

The Illinois State Board of Elections will wait until an August 22 meeting to decide whether to hand over personal information about Illinois voters to President Donald Trump's new election commission, the Sun-Times reports. Governor Bruce Rauner dodged questions about the issue Wednesday, but Cook County clerk David Orr said he hopes that the state board will refuse to turn over the information—which includes party registration, voting histories since 2006, and the last four digits of voters' social security numbers, the last of which is prohibited by state law. "I strongly encourage the Illinois Board of Elections, as well as my fellow elections administrators, to be cautious of the motives of the Presidential Advisory Commission on Voter Integrity and not comply with this dangerous request," he said in a statement. "This partisan Commission has been formed on false pretenses: 3 to 5 million people did not vote illegally in the last presidential election, as the president believes, and a true bi-partisan Commission requires careful analysis and expertise." Commission cochair Ken Kobach mistakenly sent the request to Illinois secretary of state Jesse White, who does not have jurisdiction over state election records and forwarded it to the board. [Sun-Times]

  • A stray bullet strikes the 56th floor of a Streeterville high-rise

A stray bullet flew into a 56th-floor condominium at 474 N. Lake Shore Drive early Monday morning. Neel Sukhatme, a resident of Washington, D.C., and a law professor at Georgetown University, was staying in his parents' home with his wife and one- and two-year-old children when the incident occurred. No one was injured, but the family afterward cut their visit to Chicago short. "There was glass in my hair," Sukhatme told DNAinfo Chicago. "You don't expect [stray gunfire] to happen in a high-rise in Streeterville, but maybe that helps get the proper attention this problem needs." [DNAinfo Chicago]

  • It's still a slow real estate market at the Trump International Hotel and Tower

Owners of condos at the Trump International Hotel and Tower are still struggling to sell or rent their properties, according to NPR. Approximately 59 condos are for sale, and only six have sold so far in 2017. There are likely several factors at play, among them the slowing Chicago real estate market and the frequent protests outside the building. "You wouldn't want to come home from a night out for dinner or from an afternoon shopping to have people standing out front of your door and you're afraid to go in," real estate broker Carla Walker told NPR. "And I imagine ditto for the hotel." [NPR]


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