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click to enlarge Cook County state's attorney Anita Alvarez talks to reporters after the bond hearing for Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke, charged with the murder of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald - AP PHOTO/CHARLES REX ARBOGAST, FILE

  • AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File
  • Cook County state’s attorney Anita Alvarez talks to reporters after the bond hearing for Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke, charged with the murder of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald

Welcome to the Reader‘s morning briefing for Friday, February 5, 2016. Enjoy your weekend!

  • Weather: Not that much different than Thursday

It won’t be very eventful, with a high of 32 and a low of 28, with clouds. It will warm up slightly over the weekend, with a chance of snow on Sunday afternoon. [AccuWeather]

  • Anita Alvarez doesn’t believe she made mistakes in Laquan McDonald case

Cook County state’s attorney Anita Alvarez is facing a tough reelection fight, but she doesn’t believe her critics are correct about her handling of the McDonald police shooting. She told the Tribune‘s editorial board that she doesn’t believe she made any mistakes and that her challengers are showing their “inexperience and incompetence” with their criticisms. [Tribune

  • Six people found dead by police in Gage Park home

Four men, one woman, and one child were all found dead Thursday afternoon at a home in the 5700 block of South California Avenue. All or some of the victims had been stabbed; police are conducting a homicide investigation. [Tribune]

  • Sun-Times, Reader owner buys large stake in the Tribune

Chicago’s two rival daily newspapers now have an owner in common. Sun-Times and Reader owner Michael Ferro purchased a 16.6 percent stake in Tribune Publishing through his investment firm Merrick Media. The purchase makes him the company’s single largest shareholder. [USA Today] [Chicago Reader]

  • Overdue library books? Now is the time to return them

If you have long-overdue Chicago Public Library books, there’s good news: CPL is waiving overdue fees from now until February 18. [WGN]

  • Chicago police didn’t solve many homicides last year

The Chicago Police Department solved just 26 percent of the 472 homicides committed in the city in 2015. Even more depressing, 94 percent of gunmen who shot and wounded a person didn’t face charges. [DNAinfo Chicago]

  • Fraternal Order of Police or “Fraternal Order of Propaganda”?

The police officers’ union, the Fraternal Order of Police, is very aggressive in getting the police’s account in front of the media when a cop shoots a civilian. Unfortunately, this frequently obscures the truth of what really happened. [Chicago Reader]

Article source: http://www.chicagoreader.com/Bleader/archives/2016/02/05/anita-alvarez-defends-her-handling-of-the-laquan-mcdonald-case-chicago-police-solved-about-a-quarter-of-homicide-cases-in-2015-and-other-chi