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.
Many residents spoke out against more rental units coming to the West Loop, stressing homeowners provide stability to a neighborhood; renters come and go quickly. Alderman Walter Burnett said preferring renters only or homeowners only is a form of “unconscious discrimination” and he’s fed up. Burnett joins us to discuss what measures he’s putting in place to make sure the area is a mixed community. Carla Agostinelli, executive director of the West Loop Community Organization, also joins us talk about how to promote a responsibly diverse community.
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.
20 years ago this week, Chicago experienced one of the deadliest natural disasters in modern U.S. history. It wasn’t a tornado. Or hurricane. Or earthquake. It was a heat wave that baked the city over the course of five days, taking more lives than anyone could have imagined. NYU sociologist Eric Klinenberg tells that story is his book Heat Wave: A Social Autopsy of Disaster in Chicago.
This week marks the 20th anniversary of the 1995 Chicago heat wave that killed 739 people. We check in with Chicago Tribune theater critic Chris Jones about artistic responses to the disaster and to other disasters both natural and manmade, including a recent play that dramatized the story of the Chicago heat wave.