Protestors against police brutality march in front of Police District 2 Station in Chicago. Credit: Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images

Welcome to the Reader‘s morning briefing for Monday, July 11, 2016.

  • Weather: Warm, humid, and sunny

It will be humid Monday, with a high of 88 and a low of 74. Expect a lot of sunshine. [AccuWeather]

  • Activists take over Taste of Chicago with protest against police brutality

Protesters staged a “die-in” at the Taste of Chicago Saturday, in response to the fatal shootings of two black men by police officers in Louisiana and Minnesota last week. They marched through the famous Grant Park food festival shouting, “No justice, no peace!” then continued the protest on Michigan Avenue. Two protesters were arrested when activists marched through the Loop again Sunday. [DNAinfo Chicago] [Sun-Times]

  • The man who followed Rahm around for six years is leaving City Hall

Mike Faulman—Rahm Emanuel’s “body man”—has rarely left the mayor’s side during the past six years. Faulman, who has been with Rahm longer than any of his current aides, has accepted a job with Detroit watchmaker Shinola. No doubt he’s seen a lot of ups and downs in his tenure with Emanuel, but “even during the most difficult times, there is a calmness to him,” Faulman told the Sun-Times. [Sun-Times]

  • More foster parents are needed to take in homeless LGBTQ youth

Illinois social service agencies are asking foster parents to take in some of the approximately 25,000 homeless LGBTQ youth in the state. More than a third of those children and teens are homeless because they identify as LGBTQ. “Our teenagers, in particular, are quite hard to place simply because of the age and the developmental stage. When you add the additional [factor] of being LGBTQ, it becomes even harder,” Illinois DCFS statewide LGTBQ coordinator Jane Kelly told WBEZ. [WBEZ]

  • Citing religious freedom, woman insists on wearing colander on her head in ID photo

Arlington Heights resident Rachel Hoover is a member of the Internet-meme-friendly Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, commonly referred to as a “Pastafarian.” The 21-year-old recently had her driver’s license renewed at the Secretary of State’s office, she wore a pasta strainer on her head for the picture, claiming it was part of her religion. Since Illinois doesn’t recognize the religion officially, she’s been asked to retake her picture. She claims that’s discrimination. [Sun-Times]

  • Metra reminds riders of basic manners in “Ride Nice” campaign

Apparently enough Metra riders have forgotten basic manners that the agency has launched a new ad campaign to remind customers to be courteous. Using #MetraManners, commuters can complain about rude behavior on social media. Five different ads target the top five complaints by fellow riders: feet on seats, loud phone conversations, “manspreading,” nail-trimming, and beard-trimming, according to DNAinfo. [DNAinfo Chicago]