Aldermen won't be allowed to purchase Cubs World Series tickets at face value after all, and other Chicago news

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Fans in the bleachers hold "W" flags after a Cubs victory. - JONATHAN DANIEL/GETTY IMAGES
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  • Fans in the bleachers hold "W" flags after a Cubs victory.

Welcome to the Reader's morning briefing for Tuesday, October 26, 2016.

  • Weather: Cloudy and cool

Expect a high of 57 and a low of 45 Tuesday. It will be cloudy during the day, with a good chance of rain overnight. [AccuWeather]

  • Aldermen won't be able to buy Cubs World Series tickets at face value after all

A city ethics board has determined that aldermen can no longer buy Cubs playoff tickets at face value from the team. The board, run by Sidley Austin attorney William Conlon, said that to do so might violate "a ban on elected officials accepting gifts worth more than $50," according to the Tribune. After the Cubs offered aldermen and other select elected officials the option to purchase playoff tickets at face value, more than 70 percent of the City Council took them up on it. [Tribune] [DNAinfo Chicago]

  • Rauner has spent nearly $46 million of his own money against Democrats in the state legislature 

Governor Bruce Rauner has spent $45.8 million of his own money in races against Democrats led by his nemesis, house speaker Mike Madigan, according to the Tribune. Rauner's friend Ken Griffin, the billionaire founder of the hedge fund Citadel, has also been helping Illinois Republicans with huge donations ahead of Election Day, including a $2 million check for incumbent comptroller Leslie Munger and a $3 million donation to house Republican leader Jim Durkin. [Tribune]

  • Enrollment at Chicago Public Schools drops by nearly 11,000 students

There are nearly 11,000 fewer students enrolled in CPS for the 2016-'17 school year than there were for last year—a drop of 2.8 percent, according to the district's final enrollment count. [DNAinfo Chicago]

  • Dexter Fowler will be the first black Cubs player in the World Series

Dexter Fowler will become the first black Cubs player ever to appear in the World Series tonight. The center fielder, who's at the top of the team's batting order for game one in Cleveland, tweeted "Wow . . . speechless" when he learned about the milestone. Jackie Robinson, the first black player to break the color line in Major League Baseball, didn't join the Brooklyn Dodgers until 1947, and the Cubs haven't been to the World Series since 1945. [DNAinfo Chicago]

  • Tom Hayden, Chicago Seven activist arrested for protesting at 1968 DNC, dies at 76

One of the Chicago Seven charged with conspiracy and incitement for the protests at the notorious 1968 Democratic National Convention, anti-Vietnam war protester Tom Hayden passed away Sunday at age 76 in Santa Monica. Hayden, though perhaps best known as a former husband of Jane Fonda, was also a cofounder of the activist group Students for a Democratic Society, and went on to serve in the California state legislature for 18 years. [Huffington Post]



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