Welcome to the Reader's morning briefing for Thursday, November 10, 2016.
It will be beautiful Thursday, with a high of 65 and low of 44. It should be sunny, but will also be a bit breezy during the day and evening. [AccuWeather]
Mayor Rahm Emanuel told the City Council that Chicagoans woke up Wednesday "despondent this morning and fearing for their future and fearing for the future of their children." Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton easily beat president-elect Donald Trump in Illinois, and the state and city will be "a shining bright beacon in moments of darkness," the mayor said. Emanuel is not worried about Trump trying to "penalize" Chicago, but some aldermen are concerned that he will try to get revenge. A major protest against Trump took place outside the Trump International Hotel and Tower Wednesday night. [DNAinfo Chicago] [Tribune]
The Cook County Board of Commissioners will likely vote on a penny-per-ounce soda tax Thursday that includes diet soda and other drinks with no-calorie sweeteners. In Tuesday's general election, voters in Boulder, Colorado, as well as San Francisco, Oakland, and Albany, California, approved similar soda-tax measures. Cook County Board president Toni Preckwinkle believes the proposal will pass and will help balance the 2017 budget. [Wall Street Journal]
The brother of police shooting victim Joshua Beal, 25, has been charged for his alleged actions after his brother's fatal shooting Saturday. Michael Beal, 28, was charged with "felony aggravated battery to a police officer and attempting to disarm a police officer" Tuesday, according to the Associated Press. The charges sparked another tumultuous confrontation between pro-police "Blue Lives Matter" protesters and anti-police violence activists. [Associated Press via ABC News]
Illinois comptroller-elect and current city clerk Susana Mendoza will almost certainly be replaced by a fellow Hispanic, according to the Sun-Times. There are reportedly three aldermen very interested in the role: Proco Joe Moreno (First Ward), Ray Lopez (15th), and Ariel Reboyras (30th). [Sun-Times]
The World Series champion Cubs' ubiquitous victory anthem, "Go, Cubs, Go," has made the Billboard charts for the first time since its 1984 release and will also debut at number three on the Hot 100's Bubbling Under chart after garnering 2.5 million streams and 15,000 downloads in a week. The song by Steve Goodman also "enters the Pop Digital Song Sales chart (dated Nov. 19) at No. 21 and the Hot Digital Song Sales chart at No. 49 with 15,000 downloads in the week ending Nov. 3," the magazine reports. [Billboard]