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Welcome to the Reader's morning briefing for Monday, November 20, 2017.
The 2019 mayoral race is approaching, and the pool of potential candidates is narrowing. Former Chicago Public Schools principal Troy LaRaviere, now head of the Chicago Principals and Administrators Association, has decided to run against his nemesis, Mayor Rahm Emanuel. LaRaviere, a harsh critic of the mayor for years, was controversially removed from his post at Blaine Elementary School. Jesus "Chuy" Garcia, who ended up in a runoff race with Emanuel in 2015, "sounds ready to give it another go," according to the Tribune. Former Chicago Police Department superintendent Garry McCarthy, who also was controversially fired by Emanuel, is "warming to a run," and Cook County commissioner Bridget Gainer "is studying it." Cook County sheriff Tom Dart has decided against running. Unseating the deep-pocketed and well-connected Emanuel will be a huge challenge. "My goal is the realization of human potential in this city, which means people have to have the best education, they have to have economic activity that creates jobs so they can sustain and support themselves, and provide for themselves and their families," LaRaviere told the Tribune. "It means they have to be safe. The office of mayor is not my goal. The office is a means to that end." [Tribune]
Chicago's financial crisis is far from over, and there's still plenty of "heavy lifting" to do, according to a Civic Federation analysis of Mayor Rahm Emanuel's 2018 budget. The $8.6 billion budget includes new and higher taxes to generate revenue, but the city is still being crushed by debt and pension liabilities. "The heavy lifting is not over. There is much more that needs to be accomplished," the Civic Federation wrote. Despite the issues, the organization endorsed Emanuel's plan. [Sun-Times]
Coal City resident Jeremy Boshears, reportedly a member of the Outlaws Motorcycle Club, has been charged with three counts of first-degree murder for fatally shooting his 24-year-old girlfriend, Kaitlyn Kearns, a bartender whom he had been dating for two. Bail for Boshears, 32, is set at $10 million. After an extensive search for Kearns, her body was found in her car in a rural part of Will County. [Daily Southtown]
A Cook County sheriff's police officer was suspended for ten days after "allowing others to avoid having to pay the price of admission last year to a Cubs World Series game at Wrigley Field," according to the Sun-Times. Mike Anton allegedly gave two people security IDs that allowed them to attend the game for free. [Sun-Times]
Chance the Rapper begged former president Barack Obama to come back and save us from President Donald Trump in a viral Saturday Night Live skit. The Grammy Award-winning rapper and SNL cast members Keenan Thompson and newcomer Chris Redd, from Chicago, channeled the 90s group Boyz II Men in the spoof ballad "Come Back, Barack." [Slate]