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The 10 Must-Read Stories for This Week

Tough lessons for Rahm, why O’Hare is so bad, and more.

The cast of Petite Opera rehearses for “Brundibár.”   Photo: Anthony Souffle/Chicago Tribune

1. Aftermath of a Shooting

What happens to a family in the minutes, and days, following the murder of a father? Al Jazeera follows its wake.

2. Tough Lessons for Rahm

The mayor did well among African-Americans in the election. Now he’s polling poorly. Why? Education. The Chicago Reporter goes deep on his record.

3. The Airport Frustration Index

O’Hare fares very poorly on on-time performance and the commute there. At least the bathrooms aren’t bad. Bloomberg Businessweek ranks the big American hubs.

4. Newly Elected Governors Face Challenges Working With Opposing Party

Can Bruce Rauner get along with Michael Madigan? History actually suggests the speaker can get things done with a Republican in office. Government Executive asks the experts about our near future.

5. Why the Chicago Flag is Such a Brilliant Design

Sensible guidelines—by a city-appointed committee, no less—gave us America’s best city flag. Chicago magazine analyzes its considerable qualities.

6. Downtown Coyotes: Inside the Secret Lives of Chicago’s Predator

What does it look like to be a coyote in Chicago? Follow along on a Crittercam to get a first-canine perspective. National Geographic follows a handful of the 2,000-some creatures.

7. Urban Neighborhoods Are Getting More Diverse. But What Are They Losing?

City planners and urbanists want to desegregate cities. But how do you balance the desire to integrate with the skepticism of gentrification? The Washington Post looks at Portland and Chicago.

8. Nursing Homes Serving Minorities Offering Less Care Than Those Housing Whites

An investigation finds that staffing numbers used by patients may be unreliable—and that the numbers are worse for majority-Latino and majority-black institutions.The Center For Public Integrity goes behind the stats.

9. Joyful Opera Performed in Nazi Concentration Camp Revived in Chicago

An 84-year-old former resident of a Jewish ghetto in Czechoslovakia has made it her mission to keep it alive. NPR reports on the Petite Opera Company’s performance.

10. Chicago’s Vanishing Middle-Class Neighborhoods

Following national trends, the metropolitan area is increasingly divided between rich and poor. Chicago magazine connects the dots.

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