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Welcome to the Reader's morning briefing for Tuesday, November 8, 2016. Happy Election Day, and remember to vote!
There's a decent chance of rain through the early afternoon. Temperatures will range from a high of 60 midday to a low of 42 overnight. [AccuWeather]
Americans will finally choose between Democratic presidential nominee (and Park Ridge native) Hillary Clinton and Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump in today's election. Whatever the outcome, former Chicago resident President Barack Obama will be replaced by a New Yorker. Clinton and Mayor Rahm Emanuel don't have a great relationship, but as president she would be much more likely to listen to Mayor Rahm Emanuel's calls for help in the city than would Trump, according to DNAinfo Chicago. Meanwhile, Alderman Patrick O'Connor thinks the City Council vote to remove Trump's honorary street designation was a mistake. "It will be a terrible thing for us personally in Chicago if he were to become president," he said. [DNAinfo Chicago]
Mayor Rahm Emanuel responded to reports that he used personal e-mail for official government business Monday by saying only that he will give his answer in court. Any official government work conducted over e-mail is subject to open record laws in Illinois, and the Tribune sued the mayor in 2015 for access to some of his e-mails and text messages. [Tribune]
Approximately 23.5 percent of public school teachers in Illinois were absent for more than ten days of the school year, according to the Illinois Report Card, and according to research used by the U.S. Department of Education, absenteeism at that rate negatively affects student performance. But teachers have a right to sick and personal days, the Illinois Federation of Teachers argues. "Teachers and school staff have one of the hardest jobs in the world, often working in high-stress environments without the resources they need," IFT spokeswoman Aviva Bowen told the Tribune. "When teachers take their contractual sick days, they do so to get well and protect the health of their students." [Tribune]
The Safe Roads Amendment to the Illinois constitution promises to put billions of dollars away for transportation projects in Illinois. Yet while it's being pushed by groups such as the so-called Citizens to Protect Transportation Funding, its chief backers are the Illinois Chamber of Commerce and the Illinois Road and Transportation Builders Association, the Sun-Times reports. Not coincidentally, the proposed amendment is a rare issue that Governor Bruce Rauner and Illinois house speaker Mike Madigan agree on. Sixty percent of voters (or more than 50 percent of all ballots cast in the election) must approve the measure for it to pass. [Sun-Times]
In Illinois, caps or T-shirts that promote or oppose a candidate are illegal within a 100-yard radius of a polling place. It's considered electioneering to wear clothing or carry signs for or against a candidate, and the restrictions extend to slogans and phrases associated with the respective campaigns (e.g., "basket of deplorables," "bad hombres," "nasty woman"). It's up to the election judge to determine what's allowed near the voting booth. [DNAinfo Chicago]