Rauner's 'oops' moment / Kanye's Chicago touches / The weekend looms

Rauner’s ‘oops’ moment. In debate last night with his challenger, J.B. Pritzker, Gov. Rauner went blank as he accused Pritzker of “using the language of racists,” calling “black elected officials … [long pause] … What did he call them?” (8:15 in video of their debate.)
The words Rauner was seeking (from February) may have been “crass” and “offensive.”
One Illinois: Pritzker got off “the best line of the night.”
Dueling endorsements for Illinois attorney general: The Tribune for Republican Erika Harold, the Sun-Times for Democrat Kwame Raoul.
The Daily Beast: Republicans’ secret weapon for the midterms is voter suppression.
The new Chicago Public Square voter guide—including help navigating all those judicial races—is here.

‘We have a lot more work.’ Chicago’s only openly gay candidate for mayor is proposing “24-hour drop in centers” for LGBTQ kids without homes.
Mayoral candidate Bill Daley is piling up big bucks for his campaign.

‘There’s nothing I can do about it?’ The mother of a 15-year-old shot in the back of the head by a Chicago police officer is at a loss over the Police Board’s decision to clear the cop.
A Trib editorial tells Attorney General Jeff Sessions to back away from Chicago’s policing policies: “Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan had to step in to finish the job you wouldn’t. You were not helpful then. You are not being helpful now.”
Chicago’s headed back to court to fight Sessions for the withholding of crimefighting cash over the city’s immigration policies.

Kanye’s Chicago touches at the White House. The Trib spotlights five Chicago-centric things about Kanye West’s bizarre visit with President Trump
… during which West revealed he has what Motherboard calls “literally the worst iPhone passcode you could ever have” …
… and Twitter responded accordingly.
The Sun-Times’ Mary Mitchell: West proved “he can no longer hear the voices that supported him before he was all that.”
As Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh faces formal complaints of misconduct, a Harvard law prof makes a case for abolishing the court.
The New Yorker’s Susan B. Glasser: “I Listened to All Six Trump Rallies in October. You Should, Too.”
The Trib’s Eric Zorn: “Continuing to treat the Clintons as honored members of polite society … is inexcusable.”

Bus cuts. The suburban Pace bus service is proposing to eliminate or trim service along several routes.
Bicycling Magazine has bumped Chicago off the top of its list for best bicycling cities.

We’re No. 1. A study finds an Illinois pork-processing plant tops the nation for nitrogen from animal waste dumped into waterways.
The New York Times: Trump’s EPA is disbanding a key scientific panel tracking air pollution.
The warm waters that fueled the devastating Hurricane Michael had what one government meteorologist calls a “human fingerprint” of climate change.
Columnist Nicholas Kristof: “Banning the words ‘climate change’ isn’t helping Florida now.”
Updating coverage: Florida will need billions to rebuild.
The weekend looms.
The Women’s March Chicago “March to the Polls” begins Saturday at 9 a.m.
The Chicago Architecture Center (link corrected) opens some of the city’s coolest buildings to the public—for free.
The Pod Save America podcast moves to TV for the midterms.
The Trib ranks its top 12 Chicago-area haunted houses.
After a stroke, Roberta Flack is ready to return to singing.

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