Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel delivered his new public safety plan to combat gun violence Thursday. Credit: AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast

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Welcome to the Reader‘s morning briefing for Monday, September 26, 2016.

  • Weather: It will feel like fall

After some warm days, it will cool down Monday, with a high of 67 and a low of 53. It might get a bit windy. [ AccuWeather ]

  • Emanuel unveils his public safety plan in major policy speech

Mayor Rahm Emanuel made his highly anticipated speech
Thursday laying out his plan to combat the surging crime rate that’s plagued Chicago in 2016. The key pillars of Emanuel’s plan are bringing more police, jobs, and mentors to the city to fight the violence, and fixing the societal issues that cause it. Observers have been wondering how the mayor plans to pay for nearly 1,000 new police officers he says he wants to hire over the next several years; he told WGN Radio that he can find the money. [New York Times] [WGN Radio]

  • The sudden downfall of a suburban state rep who’d been considered a rising star 

Republican state representative Ron Sandack resigned this summer after being targeted in a foreign extortion scheme. Politico breaks down what happened, including “a sexually graphic video” that was briefly posted to one of Sandack’s social media accounts. After his GOP counterparts learned about the incident, “a top state operative urged Sandack to resign,” sources told Politico. The former rising GOP star maintains that resigning was his decision. [Politico]

  • The impact of one suicide

News organizations rarely report on individual suicides unless the victim is a public figure. But after Sun-Times reporter Frank Main witnessed Chicagoan Kendra Smith jump from a West Loop apartment building in May, he felt compelled to explore the story. Main wrote a very moving piece about Smith, the emergency responders, the witnesses, her family and friends, and the effect her decision had on all of them. [Sun-Times]

  • Report: Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives targeted minorities in Chicago stings

Drug stings conducted in Chicago by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives targeted minorities, according to a new report by Columbia University Law School professor Jeffrey Fagan. Of the 94 people arrested in the stings since 2006, 91 percent of the suspects were black or Hispanic. [USA Today]

  • One in five CPS students are escorted to school on Safe Passage routes

About 75,000 Chicago Public Schools students from 142 schools are now escorted to and from school by “community watchers” in the growing Safe Passage program, according to the Economist. The 1,300 guards make sure the students stay safe while walking through the city’s most dangerous neighborhoods. [Economist]