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10 Must-Read Stories This Week in Chicago

Mothers reclaiming Chicago’s street corners, an addict’s unlikely redemption, and a definitive ranking of the city’s best steakhouses.

Tamar Manasseh, right, dances during a block party, organized by her group Mothers Against Senseless Killings.   Photo: Michael Tercha/Chicago Tribune

1. And So Jedidiah Brown Gave All of Himself to the City He Loved

The young, influential activist—a 30-year-old South Side minister—put the burdens of his city on his back. When it got to be too much, it turned into a very public suicide attempt. Huffpost’s Highline tells his story.

2. Another Life

Bre’Anna Jones lost her fiancé, Jonathan Mills, in a shooting in North Lawndale. How does she explain to their four-year-old daughter what happened? The Triibe sits down with her for their series Another Life.

3. Sharpen Your Knives

A new guard is shaking up the classic Chicago steakhouse. Chicago magazine picks its 10 favorites.

4. Why (Almost) No One Is Charged with Gun Trafficking in Illinois

It’s much easier to track a car that’s used in a robbery than it is a gun. And the system is set up that way. ProPublica explains why.

5. At CPS, More Special Education Dollars Go to White, Wealthier Students

The differences are significant, and a lower budget could mean greater disparities. WBEZ investigates.

6. Matt Vs. the Monster: An Addict’s Unlikely Redemption

The son of a pharma salesman who had his own illegal drug trade, a suburban man went through $220,000 of his mother’s retirement money in drugs. Now he helps addicts find jobs. The Tribune profiles him.

7. How Chicago Created ‘Community College’ for Special Ed Students

Southside Occupational Academy is a “transitional” school, giving students up to age 21 to prepare them for life on their own. Politico pays a visit.

8. Young Chicago Authors: Giving Public School Students a Voice

It’s an old program with an illustrious list of participants. How does it work? The Daily Show highlights the nonprofit writing program.

9. We Are Reclaiming Chicago One Corner at a Time

The founder of Mothers Against Senseless Killings asked people what would stop Chicago violence. What she heard seems to work. Tamar Manasseh writes about her city for The New York Times.

10. Journalist Who Brought Laquan McDonald Shooting to Public Eye Says He Won’t Reveal His Source

Even though it could land him in jail. Chicago magazine talks to Jamie Kalven.

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