Germany's Miroslav Klose poses with the World Cup trophy and his sons in 2014 Credit: AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko,file

Welcome to the Reader‘s morning briefing for Friday, October 27, 2017. Have a great weekend!

  • Chicago has a real shot at hosting World Cup games in 2026

Chicago’s bid to host the 2026 World Cup “looks strong,” according to the Sun-Times, even though Soldier Field is one of the smaller stadiums in competition. The United Bid Committee is working to bring the World Cup to North America that year, and 25 U.S. cities, including Chicago, are vying to host the games. One of Chicago’s biggest strengths is its diversity and its residents strong ties to their ethnicity. “Whoever comes and plays here, they’re going to have a built-in fan base,” Kara Bachman, the executive director of the Chicago Sports Commission, said. “Whatever country’s here, they’re going to be welcomed by ex-pats and the neighborhoods and really the whole city.” [Sun-Times]

  • Illinois house fails to pass ban on semiautomatic rifle bump stocks

The Illinois house rejected a ban on controversial bump stocks and other devices that allow guns to fire more rapidly Thursday after “opponents on both sides of the aisle contended the measure was too broad and would turn legal gun owners into criminals,” according to the Tribune. Bump stocks have been in the spotlight since the Las Vegas mass shooting that left 59 people dead and more than 500 others injured October 1. But opponents argued that the bill—which would have banned any modification that accelerates the rate of fire—was overly broad. “I don’t view this as a bump stock ban, I view this as a ban on 40 to 50 percent of the guns in the state,” Democratic state representative Jerry Costello, whose district includes the World Shooting Recreational Complex, said. [Tribune]

  • House overrides Rauner veto of bill requiring students to learn cursive

The house voted to override Governor Bruce Rauner’s veto of a bill  requiring Illinois students to learn cursive handwriting in school, with many lawmakers arguing that cursive is an essential life skill:  “Can sign your driver’s license. Can sign your passport,” state representative Emanuel “Chris” Welch said. “Can sign a petition to run for office.” The Illinois senate is also expected to override the veto. [Tribune]

  • Man shot in head by Chicago police officer’s gun awarded $44.7 million

A jury has issued a $44.7 million verdict against the city in the case of Michael D. LaPorta, whom it found was shot in the head by off-duty police officer Patrick Kelly, a Chicago cop with a checkered history. LaPorta was left permanently disabled after a January 2010 night of drinking with Kelly, a friend at the time, and other off-duty cops. Kelly, who originally reported that LaPorta had shot himself, invoked his constitutional right not to incriminate himself 31 times when on the stand last week. [Sun-Times]

  • Rizzo sends new signed photo, jersey to 12-year-old cancer patient after hers disappeared

Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo sent 12-year-old cancer patient Abby Schrage a signed photo to replace the one that went missing from her Saint Louis hospital room along with a signed jersey. Schrage, a Cubs fan from Highland, Illinois, has been using the photo as inspiration to get through her treatments; Rizzo is a cancer survivor himself. “Anthony has a heart of gold, so I’m not surprised he would immediately respond when he learned of the missing photo,” Cubs spokesman Julian Green said. [DNAinfo Chicago]

  • Chicago River spill leaves leaves geese, ducks covered in black goo

Geese and ducks on the South Branch of the Chicago River near Bridgeport were left covered in a dark, goolike substance Wednesday after some type of spill occurred near Bubbly Creek. The Environmental Protection Agency said efforts were under way to contain and clean up the spill, which was about a mile long and heading westward on the Sanitary & Ship Canal. [DNAinfo Chicago]