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World Cup watch parties, guaranteed income enrollment, who’s running for office

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Erin Allen: Good morning. Its tuesday. I’m Erin Allen and this is The Rundown.

The World Cup is officially underway and according to the Chicago Sun-Times, which preceded the game’s signature tournament last weekend, many fans had some reservations about watching the game this year. It is held in Qatar, whose treatment of migrant workers and stance on LGBTQ rights have been highly controversial. But when the World Cup launched, those concerns were seemingly put on hold as fans from all over Chicago came to Cleos Bar and Grill in Westtown yesterday to watch the tournament. My colleague Adora Namigadde spoke to James Wetzel. He is a big soccer fan who came from the north and was a fan of Germany.

James Wetzel: I lived in Germany for a year and I fell in love with football, the Bundesliga, when I lived there and I got familiar with some names and players and I can’t get enough.

Erin Allen: But Chris Newman was for team USA.

Chris Newmann: We are a very young team. We are not tested. We looked really shaky in qualifying. Fingers crossed I don’t know I’m not too hopeful but we’ll see…

Erin Allen: The United States faced Wales yesterday in a one-on-one draw.

Chicago Board of Election commissioners admit they missed a deadline requiring the city to make every voting site fully accessible to people with disabilities. Fewer than 10 percent of the city’s polling stations were marked as accessible, and one-third of the city’s 50 neighborhoods had no sites deemed compliant with the Americans with the Disabilities Act or the ADA. An electoral board spokesman says the problem is how the information is reported. If a site isn’t fully ADA compliant, it won’t be listed as accessible, which the council plans to change before the municipal election in February.

Using everything from wheelbarrows to suitcases, Chicago mayoral candidates yesterday graced piles of petitions to the Chicago Board of Elections in a bid to snag the top spot on February’s ballot. My colleague Mariah Wolfville knows better.

Mariah Wolfel: Mayoral candidates need 12,500 valid signatures to enter the ballot, but they take advantage of it on filing day for bragging rights.

Candidates: We have nearly 30,000, and I’m just excited… 37,000 petitions from all over the city… We’ll deliver just over 41,000… um us 61,000, over 61,000…

Erin Allen: They were activist Ja’Mal Green, alderman Sophia King, Cook County Commissioner Brandon Johnson and businessman Willie Wilson. Only a few who delivered their petitions yesterday. Those who filed by 9 a.m. enter a lottery to be first on the ballot. Anyone who wants to get married, like Congressman Jesús “Chuy” García or Mary Lori Lightfoot herself, who didn’t turn in papers yesterday, has until next Monday to do so.

Plans for a cannabis dispensary at the former Rainforest Cafe in River North have been greenlit by the Chicago Zoning Board of Appeals. The board voted to approve the application, but several neighbors objected on the grounds that there are already too many dispensaries in River North. They also expressed concern about crime in the affluent neighborhood. A neighbor questions the eligibility of Progressive Treatment Solutions’ social equity license and its partnership with BioPharm, both owners of the new dispensary.

As expensive as things are these days, a little help every month could go a long way for many of us. And Cook County is starting to provide that help with the largest guaranteed income program in the United States, according to Block Club Chicago. The first recipients have now been enrolled in the county’s $42 million pilot project, which will provide $500 monthly to enrollees for the next two years. The Cook County program is the first where the government has committed to continue on a permanent basis following the end of the pilot. Of the more than 230,000 people who applied to participate, 3,250 were selected. The first checks will go out on December 15th.

And a few quick puffs before getting to the weather. O’Hare and Midway airports can handle about 1.7 million travelers between now and Monday, according to the Chicago Department of Aviation. If you’re going to be one of those travelers, remember, it’s Thanksgiving. Maybe focus on gratitude if you start feeling finished in the terminal? And if you’re the holiday type, you’ll be happy to hear that the CTA has announced its train and bus schedules for the holidays. The bright and festive train will begin running the day after Thanksgiving, and holiday buses will depart on Tuesday, November 29.

As for the weather, today it’s warming up again with some sunshine, highs around 50 degrees. Tonight it will drop to 20 degrees with clear skies. Maybe you pack up and start stargazing? And that’s it for The Rundown today. We’ll see you tomorrow morning bright and early. I’m Erin Allen, she talks to you then.


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