Welcome to the Reader's morning briefing for Monday, October 17, 2016.
Monday will feel like summer, with a high of 88 and a low of 68. It will be windy, so watch out. [AccuWeather]
The National Fraternal Order of Police endorsed GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump for president, and Chicago's Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 7 has followed the national union's lead by endorsing the polarizing reality-TV star.
Meanwhile, former New York City mayor and Trump adviser Rudy Giuliani said that only a "moron" would believe that elections in Chicago and Philadelphia are fair. "To tell me that I think the election in Philadelphia and Chicago is going to be fair, I would have to be a moron to say that," he said in an interview with CNN anchor Jake Tapper. [DNAinfo Chicago] [Sun-Times]
Around 62 Chicago Police Department officers have at least 70 complaints against them, and a few officers have more than 100, according to report by the Tribune. Between 1967 and 2014, about 125,000 civilian complaints were made against 25,000 officers, but very few have led to an officer being fired. [Tribune]
"So this is what it's like to be a Yankees fan," I thought at the beginning of baseball season.
The Cubs were working counts, drawing walks, advancing runners by hitting to the right side, delivering in the clutch, and both pitching and fielding impeccably. They expected to win, and win they did, racing out to a 25-6 start.
Yet it would have been slighting these Cubs to compare them to the Yankees. There's always been a forbidding, somewhat chilly mystique to the Yanks. Yes, their players had personality, but it was the personality of efficient professionalism. From Joe DiMaggio through Derek Jeter, the Yankees, when they were good, were good because they were the best at their field. They played professionally, proficiently, and occasionally something more, as in the undeniable genius displayed by Jeter in his relay between the pitcher's mound and home plate to nail Jason Giambi in that 2001 playoff series with the Oakland A's. Yet, with the notable exception of the so-called Bronx Zoo Yankees of the 70s of Reggie Jackson and Billy Martin, the team lacked warm personalities. Even Mickey Mantle had it drilled out of him in the end.
Welcome to the Reader's morning briefing for Friday, October 14, 2016. Have a great weekend!
Friday will be gorgeous, with a high of 65 and a low of 56. It will be mostly sunny during the day and clear throughout the evening. [AccuWeather]
Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton's campaign team wanted to move the Illinois primary from March to April or May, according to campaign chair John Podesta's hacked e-mails released by Wikileaks. The campaign wanted former Obama White House chief of staff Bill Daley to ask Illinois House speaker Michael Madigan to move the primary to April or May, because they believed Clinton's home state would help her in a close primary. "As we discussed, they don't really care about being helpful and feel forgotten and neglected by POTUS," her campaign manager Robby Mook wrote to Podesta in a November 2014 email. "The key point is that this is not an Obama ask, but a Hillary ask." [Sun-Times]
GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump no longer has an honorary street in Chicago. After Mayor Rahm Emanuel and 47 aldermen all agreed that the "Trump Plaza" sign should be removed due to his controversial campaign, the sign has disappeared. It's not clear if it was removed by the city, the Trump International Hotel and Tower, or a thief, according to DNAinfo Chicago. "A representative for the Chicago City Clerk, which monitors local legislation, said the proposed ordinance wouldn't become law till Nov. 9, barring mayoral intervention," according to DNAinfo. [DNAinfo Chicago]
Welcome to the Reader's morning briefing for Thursday, October 13, 2016.
It will be much cooler Thursday, with a high of 56 and a low of 46. Fortunately, it will be mostly sunny and clear. [AccuWeather]
Cook County commissioners Richard Boykin and Robert Steele are proposing a new 50-cent tax on all trips through ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft that begin or end in Cook County. The 50-cent fee would be in addition to the 52-cents tax per ride that the city of Chicago already charges. Uber and Lyft are opposing the tax, with Uber asking riders and drivers to contact the commissioners. "We've seen a strong response from riders and drivers on a measure that would hurt them and our local economy by making ride-sharing more expensive, and are glad to see our community members engaged on a matter that's important to them," Uber spokeswoman Molly Spaeth told DNAinfo Chicago. [DNAinfo Chicago]
If only men were allowed to vote in the upcoming race between Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump, Illinois would be the sole midwestern state to elect Clinton, according to an analysis of polls by FiveThirtyEight. Nate Silver's website gives Clinton an 84 percent change of winning, but that's largely owing to women—it projects that if only men were voting, Trump would be elected in a landslide, with most of the map red but for the west- and east-coast states, Illinois, and New Mexico. [FiveThirtyEight] [h/t Chicagoist]
Welcome to the Reader's morning briefing for Wednesday, October 1012016.
Don't forget an umbrella Wednesday, because there's a decent chance of rain and/or thunderstorms throughout the day and evening. Temperatures could reach as high as 70, but it will grow cold overnight, with a low of 46. [AccuWeather]
In his 2017 budget address Tuesday, Mayor Rahm Emanuel emphasized the tough budget decisions he's made during his time in office and said the city had regained its financial footing because of them. "Five years ago, Chicago was on the financial brink," he said. "Today, Chicago is back on solid ground." The new budget includes no tax increases, which Emanuel said weren't needed now that the city's pension funds have adequate revenue sources. "For too long Chicago was not honest with taxpayers and employees about the true cost of their pensions, and we allowed that dishonesty to turn into a real financial burden," the mayor said. [Sun-Times]
The Chicago Teachers Union and Chicago Public Schools officials reached a tentative contract agreement shortly before the midnight Monday deadline. Without a teachers' strike, students returned to school Tuesday after the long holiday weekend. "This is not a perfect agreement," CTU president Karen Lewis said. "But it is good for the kids. And good for the clinicians. And good for the teachers, and the paraprofessionals." DNAinfo Chicago breaks down the details of the deal. [DNAinfo Chicago]
Welcome to the Reader's morning briefing for Tuesday, October 9, 2016.
It will be relatively warm again Tuesday, with a high of 71 and a low of 61. A rain shower is possible in the afternoon. [AccuWeather]
The Chicago Police Department is relying on its social media accounts to improve its image and show a different side of the police force. The new strategy started in mid-September, when the police began posting more on Twitter and Facebook—including daily Facebook Live videos that show cops "meeting with residents, walking the beat and working crime scenes," according to DNAinfo Chicago. "We want the public to know what we do on a daily basis," News Affairs sergeant Bob Kane told the news site. "It shows that we're approachable, that we're doing good things and we're listening." [DNAinfo Chicago]
Chicago Public Schools has admitted using a job-screening process that discriminated against black and Latino candidates from 2012 until earlier this year. As discovered by WBEZ via a Freedom of Information Act request, 74 percent of white applicants advanced beyond the screening conducted by a private company, while only 58 percent of Latino candidates and 45 percent of black candidates went on to the group of potential hires. Officials didn't have an explanation for the disparity. "Obviously, when we saw the data it was troubling, which is why we sought to reverse that policy swiftly," CPS education chief Janice Jackson told the station. [WBEZ]