Today on the Morning Shift, we take a look back at Chicago's 1995 heat wave that killed 739 people. We also hear about artistic responses to the disaster. Plus, the FBI has been ensnaring young Muslims in the Chicago area on terrorism charges. We look at the bureau's tactics and whether, in some cases, they may go too far. We'll look at a "not-in-my-backyard" tussle over renting vs. owning in the West Loop. And finally, we get a review of last weekend's Taste of Chicago.
The Islamic State has been recruiting young Muslims around the country, including the Chicago area where arrests have garnered national and even international attention. Chicago Reader’s Mick Dumke reports on the tactics law enforcement has used to snare suspects...who in some instances could have developmental deficiencies and mental health issues.
At least 40 people were wounded by gunfire and eight dead over the Fourth of July weekend, including 7-year-old Amari Brown in Humboldt Park. While the violence tally was less than the last two July 4th weekends, the community said it’s still too much and wonder when enough will be enough.
As Mayor Rahm Emanuel runs for reelection, he’s pointing to a slight decline in homicides during his term. He says he’s promising to give parents in high-crime neighborhoods a greater sense of security. But a WBEZ investigation raises questions about how much the mayor’s willing to do to put killers behind bars. Also, we talk about the inspiration for a new dance piece called “Power Goes” by Chicago’s The Seldoms.