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10 Stories You Should Read This Week

Ed Burke’s Trumpian windfall, Chicago’s killer skyline, and same-day Amazon delivery for black neighborhoods.

Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart   Photo: Antonio Perez/Chicago Tribune

1. The CHA’s ‘Supervoucher’ Program: A Desegregation Strategy That Never Was

The controversial program was meant to redress the city’s deep divides. But politics, and the CHA’s bungling, killed it. The Reader dives into its demise.

2. Rauner Turns to Privatization Push During Second Year in Office

But with the stalemate in Springfield, only one of his ideas has come to fruition. The Tribune details what he wants.

3. The Donald & the Democrat: Burke Saved Trump $11.7 Million

As an alderman, Ed Burke approved the construction of Trump Tower; his law firm won a 39 percent cut in its property taxes. The Sun-Times investigates.

4. Here Comes the Sheriff

Will Tom Dart run for mayor? Once again, the answer is… maybe. Chicago sits down with Cook County’s top law-enforcement official.

5. Chicago’s Killer View: The Skyline’s Toll on Migratory Birds

Numbers are hard to come by, but the estimates are in the tens of thousands every year. Nonetheless, the city is more bird-friendly than you might think. WBEZ explores the Mississippi flyway.

6. On Chicago’s West Side, No Rebound from the Recession

Unemployment for Chicago’s black workforce is twice that of its Hispanic workforce, and almost three times as high as its white workforce. The Chicago Reporter goes inside the numbers.

7. The Inspiring Tale of Alice Clement, Chicago’s Female Sherlock Holmes

She joined the Chicago Police Department in 1913, becoming both a detective and a media star. Alternet tells her story.

8. In Two Indiana Cities, All that Trump and Obama Touched Isn’t Political Gold

Trump promised his Gary casino would be epic—but the Majestic Star looks like a drab motel. NPR pays a visit there, and to thriving Kokomo.

9. Lessons from a Bike Messenger

Want to know how to bike in Chicago? This pro knows. Chicago talks to Nico Deportago-Cabrera.

10. Amazon to Bring Same-Day Delivery to Bronx, Chicago After Outcry

After a Bloomberg investigation found that majority-black neighborhoods were left out of the company’s service, Bobby Rush alerted the FTC. But the company is going along. Bloomberg Technology follows up.

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