Chance the Rapper headlined at Lollapalooza on Saturday. Credit: Photo by Rob Grabowski/Invision/AP

Welcome to the Reader‘s morning briefing for Thursday, August 10, 2017.

  • Chance the Rapper says he has a larger platform than “literally anybody who works in politics”

Chance the Rapper, guest on Wednesday’s episode of the NPR podcast What’s Good With Stretch and Bobbito, discussed his reach on social media, among other topics. “I just have a larger platform than all politicians,” he told hosts Stretch Armstrong and Bobbito Garcia. “I have a bigger voice than Donald Trump, you know what I’m saying? Than literally anybody that works in politics. So yes, I can connect with people on a level of appealing as a person who is a citizen, who still does, you know, what he wants.” The Grammy Award-winning rapper, grand marshal of the Bud Billiken Parade this Saturday, tweeted earlier this week that SocialWorks, his youth empowerment charity, and State Bags would be giving out 30,000 free stuffed backpacks to young paradegoers. On top of that, he has a surprise in store. “We do have a big announcement on parade day,” spokeswoman Kristal Davis told DNAinfo Chicago. “Whatever he has planned on Saturday, the giveaway’s related to that.” The 88th annual parade starts at 10 AM from King Drive at Oakwood Boulevard and will be followed by activities at Washington Park where there will be giveaways and treats. [Sun-Times] [DNAinfo Chicago]

  • Park District demands answers from security firm after stabbings at Northerly Island concert

The Chicago Park District is asking for answers from Monterrey Security after two people were stabbed at a concert featuring Dropkick Murphys and Rancid at Northerly Island Tuesday. The district wants to know how a concertgoer got a knife past guards from the “clout-heavy” firm subcontracted by Live Nation, according to the Sun-Times. “Any time somebody gets injured at a Park District event, it’s of utmost concern,” Park District general counsel Tim King said. “Did somebody sneak in a knife in their shoe or throw a knife over the fence? We’re still piecing it together. And if we need to improve security, we will to make certain it’s a completely safe environment.” [Sun-Times Media Wire via Fox 32]

  • City will save millions of dollars by refinancing up to $2.5 billion in debt, Rahm says

The city of Chicago is going to refinance up to $2.5 billion in debt in a move Mayor Rahm Emanuel said could “dramatically reduce interest rates and borrowing costs, saving up to $75 million a year and ultimately helping the city shed its junk bond rating,” the Sun-Times reports. Under the terms of the budget deal recently passed by the General Assembly, Chicago will now be able to set up a “special-purpose corporation” funded by state sales tax receipts, which will allow it to borrow money for city projects at a much lower interest rate. The city is also considering refinancing $515 million worth of state sales tax bonds. [Sun-Times]

  • Age-progression pictures show what the Bradley sisters, missing since 2001, might look like today

The Bradley sisters, Diamond and Tionda, went missing from their home in the Oakland neighborhood July 6, 2001, when Diamond was three and Tionda ten. Despite a massive investigation, authorities have never uncovered what happened to them. In an effort to change that, the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children has released age-progression pictures showing what the girls, now 20 and 26, might look like today. [DNAinfo Chicago]

  • The Swedish flag water tower is flying high over Andersonville again

The famous Swedish flag water tower above the Swedish American Museum in Andersonville is back after a three-year absence. “I thought it was very important to put this symbol back on the Swedish museum,” architect Miles Lindblad told DNAinfo Chicago. “It was something that needed to be done.” [DNAinfo Chicago]

  • Balena is closed for repairs after a fire Tuesday night

On Tuesday a fire caused extensive damage to Balena, the Boka group’s Italian restaurant in Lincoln Park, forcing it to evacuate a full house of diners at around 7 PM. The Michelin Bib Gourmand perennial, helmed by Chris Pandel, is now closed for repairs, but Boka’s Kevin Boehm, who was on the scene, promised that the rebuilding would start immediately. A statement released by the group later said the fire was electrical and appears to have started in the ceiling. Offices at the adjacent Royal George Theatre were also damaged. [Eater Chicago]