Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle Credit: AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File

Welcome to the Reader‘s morning briefing for Wednesday, November 22, 2017. 

  •    Cook County budget set to lay off 321 employees

The Cook County Board of Commissioners unanimously passed a 2018 budget Tuesday that will lay off 321 employees, according to the Sun-Times. Board president Toni Preckwinkle said the layoffs are necessary to fill the $200 million budget gap caused by repealing the penny-per-ounce sweetened beverage tax. “Today the board met its most basic obligation. It has taken a tremendous effort to get to this point, but I’m pleased to say that together we have done so,” Preckwinkle said. “This is not the budget I wanted. We disagree on many things, but continue to work together.” [Sun-Times]

  • City Council approves Emanuel’s 2018 budget

The City Council approved Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s 2018 budget Tuesday, which will raise the cost of concert tickets, ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft, and emergency phone service, according to the Tribune. Alderman Scott Waguespack, one of the three aldermen who voted against the plan, believes Emanuel isn’t being completely truthful about the city’s financial status. “They’d like us to believe the city’s back on track, but the scenes in our neighborhoods and public school classrooms tell a different story,” Waguespack said. [Tribune]

  • Chance the Rapper tells CPS students to study school funding and taxes

Jewel-Osco has donated $1 million to the New Chance Arts & Literature Fund, Chance the Rapper’s Chicago Public Schools arts education fund. The Grammy Award-winning rapper encouraged CPS students to study the district’s funding during an appearance at Clark High School with Jewel executives Monday. “You guys don’t receive the same benefits that a lot of other people do, and your parents pay the same money into the same government taxes,” he said. “These are people and things that have a big impact on your lives and how you’re educated.” [Tribune]

  • Before PBS and CBS, Charlie Rose hosted A.M. Chicago

CBS News and PBS fired anchor and host Charlie Rose Tuesday after eight women accused him of sexual harassment in a Washington Post story. Rose’s Chicago years have been largely forgotten, but he cohosted ABC7 Chicago’s A.M. Chicago in the late 1970s, before Oprah Winfrey took over the show and turned it into her own iconic talk show. [Robert Feder]

  • McDonald’s plans to demolish its first restaurant museum in Des Plaines

Fast-food giant McDonald’s is set to tear down its museum in Des Plaines. The museum, a replica of the chain’s first restaurant, features the original sign in the front. McDonald’s is donating the lot to Des Plaines. [Associated Press via U.S. News & World Report]

  • Kris Bryant quizzes Austrians about baseball and the Cubs

Chicago Cubs star Kris Bryant recently visited Austria on his honeymoon and fit in time to quiz people on the streets of Salzburg about baseball and the Chicago Cubs. He found one person who knew of Kobe Bryant and another who was familiar with the Chicago Bulls, but no one who’d heard of him or the Chicago Cubs. [Sports Illustrated]