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Rahm's tax hikes: $1,700 for the average family, and other Chicago news

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Welcome to the Reader's morning briefing for Friday, November 18, 2016.

  • Weather: Rainy and getting colder

The weather will start to turn Friday, with a high of 65 and a low of 36. It may rain during the day and evening, and will get progressively colder after the sun goes down. Snow is even possible overnight and into Saturday, when it's expected to be very cold. [AccuWeather]

  • Rahm's tax hikes add up to $1,700 for the average family

Mayor Rahm Emanuel has increased taxes by a margin of $1,700 for the average Chicago family since he took office in 2011, according to the Tribune. He's increased property taxes, introduced a garbage collection fee and a cable TV tax, plus other fees and taxes, including one on plastic bags. The mayor argues that his increases have put the city on the right path to financial stability. "I'm even seeing smiles on the faces of my colleagues, which makes us feel very, very confident not only that this is not only a good budget, but that it is looking very, very good for Chicago's future," he said at Wednesday's City Council meeting. [Tribune]

  • Kamin: It's unlikely that Trump will remove his name from Chicago tower

Three New York City apartment buildings recently dumped the Trump name, but don't expect the same thing to happen with Chicago's Trump Tower. The New York buildings aren't owned by him, whereas the Chicago building is, the Tribune's Blair Kamin explains. Trump's pride is another reason why the massive sign on the building will likely be there forever, according to Kamin: "I suspect he'd rather resign from the presidency than give me and Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who criticized the sign as 'tasteless,' the satisfaction of seeing it removed." [Tribune]

  • With Durbin out, who are the Democrats' best candidates for governor in 2018?

The Democrats are scrambling to find a candidate to run for governor against Bruce Rauner in 2018. Without Senator Dick Durbin in the running, there's "no anointed insider or consensus candidate," according to Sun-Times Washington bureau chief Lynn Sweet. U.S. rep Robin Kelly told the newspaper that she's considering a run, and Sweet mentions a couple of other names: former U.S. attorney general Robert F. Kennedy's son Chris Kennedy and activist J.B. Pritzker. [Sun-Times]

  • Report: CPD clearance rate for murders in 2016 is just 20 percent

The Chicago Police Department has solved just 20 percent of murders committed in 2016 so far, and has arrested only two people in connection with the 64 shootings that took place over Memorial Day weekend, according to the New York Times. The surge in gun violence has cost 654 people their lives this year, including 15-year-old Veronica Lopez, whose family the newspaper interviews. [New York Times]

  • Wrigley Field plaza should be ready by opening day in April

Construction workers are working on massive renovations at Wrigley Field again after the World Series-winning season. According to the Cubs, the triangle plaza outside the field should be ready by opening day in April provided the winter weather isn't unusually bad. [DNAinfo Chicago]


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