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Welcome to the Reader‘s morning briefing for Tuesday, October 3, 2017.
- Chicago not adding extra security at marathon, Cubs playoffs after Las Vegas mass shooting
Chicago already had strong security plans in place for the upcoming Bank of America Chicago Marathon and Cubs playoff games at Wrigley Field before a mass shooting in Las Vegas that killed 59 people and left hundreds injured, according to Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Six active shooter drills have been held by the city this year to help emergency responders prepare, and security plans will not change because of the Las Vegas tragedy, Office of Emergency Management and Communications commissioner Alicia Tate-Nadeau said. “Remember, we started changing what we were doing after the Boston marathon, and we upped our game dramatically,” Emanuel told reporters Monday. “Second, the city had, obviously, the World Series last year, so we also had to change and up our game from a security standpoint.” [Tribune] [DNAinfo Chicago]
- Robin Kelly to Sarah Huckabee Sanders: Most guns used in Chicago shootings come from out of state
U.S. representative Robin Kelly told White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders that most guns used in homicides and shootings in Chicago come from outside Illinois, especially Indiana and Wisconsin. “More than ½ of #CHI crime guns come from outside IL, mostly from @VP’s IN & @SpeakerRyan’s WI. This is a reality,” Kelly, who is a Democrat, tweeted at Sanders. When asked about gun control at the White House press briefing Monday, Sanders criticized Chicago’s gun laws and called them ineffective. “I think one of the things that we don’t want to do is try to create laws that won’t create or stop these types of things from happening,” she said. “I think if you look to Chicago, where you had over 4,000 victims of gun-related crimes last year, they have the strictest gun laws in the country, that certainly hasn’t helped there.” [DNAinfo Chicago]
- Tom Dart discusses why his ambitions to run for higher political office have waned
Cook County sheriff Tom Dart says his ambition to run for political office has waned over the years and he’s no longer interested in running for Illinois attorney general. “The reality is, I have different priorities in my life,” Dart told an audience at Aurora University—specifically, his current job as sheriff and his family. “I take on really difficult issues,” he said. “I upset tons of people and get in lots of fights and do not take the easy path and work long hours. But when it comes to, like, the politics of things, I’m not politically ambitious. That’s just not my DNA. My life isn’t about literally moving up to these other offices. I honestly, in my heart of hearts, I just don’t care.” [Tribune]
- Gutierrez, Emanuel invite Puerto Ricans to move to Chicago
U.S. representative Luis Gutierrez and Mayor Rahm Emanuel are expecting a “huge” number of Puerto Ricans to move to Chicago in the wake of Hurricane Maria, with 1,600 people already here, according to Crain’s Chicago Business. “We know there are hundreds of families here who are desperate to get their families here,” Gutierrez said at a City Hall news conference Monday. “Our goal is to make Chicago to Puerto Rico what Houston was to New Orleans.” [Crain’s Chicago Business]
- Kim Kardashian West cancels Chicago Ideas Week talk due to “scheduling conflict”
Reality TV star Kim Kardashian West has canceled her sold-out October 18 Chicago Ideas Week appearance. West was scheduled to discuss personal branding in conversation with Washington Post fashion critic Robin Givhan at the Harris Theater. Chicago Ideas Week told ticket holders in an e-mail that the event was “canceled due to a scheduling conflict with our speaker.” [Tribune]