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Welcome to the Reader's morning briefing for Friday, May 27, 2016. Have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend!
Friday will be mostly beautiful, with sunshine, a high of 78 and a low of 65. Thunderstorms are possible early in the morning and during the evening—bad news for anyone heading to the Beyonce concert at Soldier Field. The chance of occasional storms continues Saturday and Sunday. [AccuWeather]
A proposed city ordinance requiring ride-sharing drivers to go through a background check and earn a chauffeur's license has Uber and Lyft threatening to leave Chicago. Taxi drivers are already required to get the license and pass the background check; Uber and Lyft are afraid that the requirements would deter their part-time drivers. "Our experience very clearly shows that if you cannot get the part-time, casual driver on board, the model fails," Lyft vice president Joseph Okpaku told the City Council. [Tribune]
Mayor Rahm Emanuel and his aides gathered Chicago Police Department bigwigs, Chicago Police Board president Lori Lightfoot, and Independent Police Review Authority members to get their stories straight on the controversial Laquan McDonald shooting before they were questioned by the City Council in December, according to e-mails obtained by DNAinfo Chicago through a Freedom of Information Act request. The e-mails reveal scriptlike suggested answers to questions aldermen were likely to ask, which were sent by Emanuel press secretary Adam Collins to then-acting police chief John Escalante. [DNAinfo Chicago]
The budget battle continues in Springfield. Governor Bruce Rauner slammed the budget house speaker Mike Madigan got through as "more of the same" and "unrealistic." The deadline for the spring legislative session is Tuesday, and Rauner hopes a deal can be reached by then. "I stay cautiously optimistic. We've got five days left and in Springfield, I've seen good thing happen, intensive thing happen, in the last two or three days," Rauner says. [Tribune]
Remember the iconic Saturday Night Live sketches simultaneously mocking and celebrating Chicago Bears fans with extremely thick Chicago accents? Those have pretty much disappeared, and not just from real life but from media, despite the plethora of Chicago-based shows on television. One linguist says the accent isn't as frequently heard among Chicagoans under 40 or 45. [Tribune]