Illinois governor Bruce Rauner speaks to reporters in June. Credit: LOU FOGLIA/SUN-TIMES

Welcome to the Reader‘s morning briefing for Thursday, November 17, 2016.

  • Weather: Unseasonably warm

Thursday will be beautiful and warm, with a high of 69 and a low of 57. It should be mostly sunny, with not many clouds. [AccuWeather]

  • Durbin won’t run for governor, will remain Senate minority whip

Senator Dick Durbin will not run against Governor Bruce Rauner in 2018 but will continue in his role as the second most powerful Democrat in the Senate, reports AP. Durbin’s name had been floated as a possible Democratic candidate for governor in 2018. [Associated Press via Springfield State Journal-Register]

  • Man charged with 2015 murder of two-year-old boy found dismembered in Garfield Park Lagoon

According to the Tribune, Rockford resident Kamel Harris has been charged with “first-degree murder, felony concealment of a homicidal death and felony dismemberment of a human body” for the murder of two-year-old Kyrian Knox, whose body was found dismembered in the Garfield Park Lagoon in 2015. The 41-year-old Harris was taking care of Knox when he “snapped” and murdered the boy for crying after drinking milk, according to authorities. Knox was lactose intolerant. [Tribune]

  • City Council unanimously approves Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s latest budget

The City Council approved Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s 2017 budget Wednesday with a 48-0 vote. The budget includes a parking-rate increase and a new plastic-bag tax, both funding sources for his plan to hire nearly 1,000 more police officers. “This is the first year in recent memory that we’ve made investments in public safety with the addition of 1,000 police officers,” 28th Ward alderman Jason Earvin said. “And we can direct investment in some of the most challenged communities . . .  and with our youth in some of the most troubled parts of the city.” [Reuters]

  • Governor Rauner reveals that he’s spoken with President-Elect Trump in private

Governor Bruce Rauner was reluctant to associate himself with President-Elect Donald Trump before the general election, but they spoke in private last week. “It was a good, good, positive conversation,” the governor said Wednesday. “I had never spoken with him before.” Illinois will have a good relationship with the next president, according to Rauner. [Tribune]

  • A visual history of Illinois license plates

Illinois drivers will start getting new license plates in 2017 featuring Abraham Lincoln, the state capitol and the Willis Tower. In honor of secretary of state Jesse White’s new plate announcement, DNAinfo Chicago uncovered all of Illinois’s many license plate designs over the years. [DNAinfo Chicago] [DNAinfo Chicago]