Morning Spin: Ald. Ed Burke’s first likely opponent surfaces ahead of 2019 race

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Ald. Ed Burke has his first likely challenger in the much-watched race to represent the Southwest Side 14th Ward.

Richard J. Daley College advisor Jose Torrez filed a statement of organization Monday with the state Board of Elections to run in the February contest. Burke’s political opponents see the City Council’s longest serving member, who was elected in 1969, as vulnerable this time.

His brother, state Rep. Dan Burke, lost the March Democratic primary to high school counselor Aaron Ortiz, who was backed by Cook County Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia. And the alderman has faced criticism in his majority-Latino ward for helping President Donald Trump get a lower property tax bill on his downtown tower.

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*Too much of a good thing? Aldermen consider capping the number of ride-share vehicles.

What we’re reading

*Brian Urlacher goes from Hall of Fame to ‘Rob Riggle’s Ski Master Academy.’

*Chicago’s Eve Ewing will pen Marvel’s ‘Ironheart.’

*Pearl Jam at Wrigley Field review: A rousing set list full of classics, deep cuts.

*Beating King of Pop, the Eagles have No.1 album of all-time.

*A rare genetic aversion to sweets could be key to fighting obesity.

*Indiana woman had a loud, nonstop clicking — sometimes crunching — noise in her head that doctors couldn’t quiet.

Follow the money

*Track Illinois campaign contributions in real time here and here.

Beyond Chicago

*Michigan official faces manslaughter trial over Flint water.

*President Trump ready to ease rules on coal-fired power plants — centerpiece of Obama’s efforts to slow global warming.

*Trump lawyer Rudolph Giuliani tries to explain what he meant by ‘truth isn’t truth.’

*Kavanaugh memo pushed graphic sex questions for Bill Clinton.

*Prosecutors preparing bank fraud charges against Cohen: AP.

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August 21, 2018 at 06:12AM

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