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10 Stories You Should Read This Week About Chicago

Unfair property taxes, Russians hacking Illinois’s election system, and a white DJ with a black alter ego.

Kyle Schwarber   Photo: Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune

1. An Unfair Burden

Cook County’s property-tax system struggles to accurately assess the value of houses, and tips the system against the poor and in favor of the rich. The Tribune investigates.

2. Woman on Fire

In the midst of the state’s devastating budget impasse, Susana Mendoza’s star is rising. Chicago magazine profiles the state comptroller.

3. Inside the Algorithm that Tries to Predict Gun Violence in Chicago

It’s been in use for a few years, but how well does it work? The New York Times tries it out.

4. Goodbye, Chicago

Scott Darling went from rehab to a custodian in a Chicago suburb to a log cabin in West Virginia to a Stanley Cup champion with his beloved Blackhawks. He tells the tale in The Players Tribune.

5. Russian Cyber Hacks on U.S. Electoral System Far Wider Than Previously Known

The evidence includes attempts to “delete or alter voter data” in Illinois. Bloomberg digs it up.

6. Crooked Chicago Cops May Get Off the Hook Thanks to Trump

Attorney General Jeff Sessions doesn’t like consent decrees. The mayor says he wants a memorandum of agreement instead. What does it mean for the city? Vice examines the options.

7. Give It Up for DJ Blackface!

Why would a white DJ create a black alter ego? To tie into the history of house music, which originated in black communities in the Midwest. NPR’s Code Switch explores the tangled web.

8. How Illinois Became America’s Failed State

It’s broke. But its gubernatorial candidates are far from it. Politico details the crisis.

9. What’s with That Odd Closet? What Chicago’s Architectural Clues Reveal About How We Live

The city’s cultural history can be told through the details of its buildings. WBEZ looks around us.

10. Can Kyle Schwarber Kick His Slump?

After a heroic return for the World Series, the young slugger has had a rough 2017. But it might be a form of progress. Chicago magazine breaks it down.

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