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Thursday, October 27, 2016

Police prepare for potential World Series chaos in Wrigleyville, and other Chicago news

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Cubs fans celebrate a victory outside Wrigley Field in 2015. - AP PHOTO/PAUL BEATY
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  • Cubs fans celebrate a victory outside Wrigley Field in 2015.

Welcome to the Reader's morning briefing for Thursday, October 27, 2016.

  • Weather: The sun comes out again

After a cloudy, rainy, gloomy Wednesday, the sun will return Thursday. There will be periods of sunshine throughout the day, with a high of 54 and a low of 47. [AccuWeather]

  • How the police plan to keep Wrigleyville safe—and under control—during the World Series

All sworn Chicago Police Department officers must be ready to respond to Wrigleyville if the crowds get too large or unruly during the upcoming World Series games at Wrigley Field. "All units of the Department will be in regulation field uniform and be prepared for deployment with soft body armor, helmet, baton and rain gear," says a police memo obtained by the Sun-Times. [Sun-Times]

  • Aldermen complain that they can't buy Cubs playoff tickets at face value

Many aldermen aren't happy that the Cubs had to withdraw their offer to sell City Council members playoff tickets at face value after the city's ethics board banned the deal. Alderman Milly Santiago called the new rule "insulting, humiliating, embarrassing," according to DNAinfo. [DNAinfo Chicago]

  • Kirk and Duckworth are both courting the black community in heated Senate race

A few black aldermen skipped a breakfast with Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Tammy Duckworth in Bronzeville after she won the primary, because they believe she "ignored black communities during the primary and didn't deserve their support in the general election," according to WBEZ. Duckworth, who had two black opponents in the primary, Andrea Zopp and state senator Napoleon Harris, has worked to improve her relationship with the black community, but incumbent GOP senator Mark Kirk still sees an opportunity to win votes. Kirk recently visited Englewood and appeared in the Bud Billiken Parade, and has visits planned at several barbershops before Election Day. [WBEZ]

  • The very expensive race for state comptroller heats up 

The race between incumbent Illinois comptroller Leslie Munger and her Democratic challenger, Chicago city clerk Susana Mendoza, is the most expensive in the state, and the two rivals debated in a heated forum on WTTW Tuesday evening. Munger accused Mendoza of being "owned" by unions and other special interest groups that have contributed to her campaign, according to Politico. Mendoza accused Munger of being the "state's chief fiscal launderer," because millions of dollars from Munger's campaign have been passed to other Republican races in Illinois. [Politico]

  • Don't expect to see infamous Cubs fan Steve Bartman seek forgiveness at the World Series

Some Cubs fans still blame Steve Bartman for losing the chance to go to the World Series in 2003. Bartman allegedly interfered with the game by trying to catch a foul ball that Cubs player Moises Alou was also trying to catch, and fans were so furious that he had to be escorted out of the game by security. More than 13 years later, he still receives threats, his spokesman, Frank Murtha, told CNN. "Steve just wishes the Cubs well and has no interest in being any distraction from whatever happens to them," he said. The chances of Bartman going to Wrigley Field to throw out a first pitch during the World Series are "slim, none, and no chance." [CNN]


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