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Here Are This Week’s 10 Must-Read Stories

A look at Chicago’s growing rat problem, what the numbers say about Chicago’s murder rate, and photos of the mostly hidden Deep Tunnel.

Students from After School Matters work at the Iron Street Farm in Bridgeport.   Photo: E. Jason Wambsgans/Chicago Tribune

1. Chicago’s Murder Problem

Why is Chicago’s homicide rate so much higher than New York’s? The New York Times looks to the numbers for reasons.

2. The Killing of Fred Goree: A White Cop, a Buick, and Segregation in the Age of Negro League Baseball

The 33-year-old manager of the Chicago Independent Giants was killed in St. Louis in 1925. And his grandchildren wanted to know why. WBEZ finds out.

3. Spectacular Aerial Photos of Chicago and the Century of Progress

83 years ago, the city’s second World’s Fair opened for a two-year stint on the lakefront, and the War Department documented its wonders from the air. Chicago magazine looks back (and down).

4. I Smell a Rat

Chicago’s rat problem seems to be on the rise. A mild winter didn’t help, but could the destruction of Chicago’s high-rise public housing play a role? South Side Weekly searches for answers.

5. Long Building, Chicago’s Fiscal Crisis Reaches Boiling Point

It gets proportionally more funding from the state, but its lower property values mean the city spends several thousands less than nearby wealthy suburbs. And it can’t even afford that. Education Week sounds the alarm.

6. Exploring the Physicality of the Tunnel and Reservoir Plan

Deep Tunnel is one of the great engineering projects of our time, but it’s mostly hidden from view. What does it look like? MAS Context presents a photo gallery from David Schalliol.

7. Roseland Teens Help Fix Up Abandoned Homes to Rent

After School Matters is employing neighborhood kids to rebuild houses—and, hopefully, get them into the building trade. DNAinfo profiles the program.

8. Rahm Wins Big Over Rauner in Police and Fire Pension Bill Fight

The mayor needed a change to state law to reduce a huge jump in pension payments. And he got it, with help from some state Republicans. The Sun-Times reports from Springfield.

9. What Do All Those Well-Off Millennial Renters Do, Anyway?

The city’s seeing a boom in luxury rentals, and young adults are driving it. But how are they making all that money? Chicago magazine looks into the numbers.

10. Rauner Makes Last-Ditch Pitch for Temporary Budget on Final Day of Session

He doesn’t want the Democrats’ out-of-balance budget, so he’s pushing a “bridge” to keep schools and prisons open—but even that requires putting off payments on last year’s borrowing. The Tribune explains his plan.


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