WEATHER: Philadelphia: a.m. rain, high of 53; Harrisburg: partly cloudy, high of 44; Pittsburgh: snow showers, high of 34.

NEW THIS MORNING:

* John A. Reilly Jr., the superintendent of Delaware County’s jail, told county officials Monday that he plans to retire following an investigative report on his conduct by The Inquirer and the Caucus, the Inquirer reports.

* The Patriot-News uses data from last week’s election to projet what kind of effect the end of straight-party voting will have on future elections in the commonwealth.

* Tracie Fountain, who has worked in the administrations of Auditor Generals Barbara Hafer, Bob Casey Jr., Jack Wagner and current officeholder Eugene DePasquale, announced that she will run for the position in next year’s election, the Tribune reports.

* U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey is trying to head off some of the big environmental promises that a few Democratic Presidential candidates are making by spearheading a resolution aimed at keeping future presidents from banning fracking, WITF reports.

* The Dam Safety Division of Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection classifies dams as high-hazard if a failure could endanger peoples’ lives – and 740 of the commonwealth’s dams are in that category, including 145 reportedly in poor or unsatisfactory condition, the AP reports.

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Celebrate the 2019 Public Servant of the Year!

The Philadelphia Public Record will honor Philadelphia City Councilmember Cherelle Parker as the 2019 Public Servant of the Year on Nov. 21.

Known as a passionate, results-oriented coalition-builder, Councilmember Parker has focused on championing policies to help the working class, senior citizens, women, children, and families alike. She has fought vigorously to address home preservation, neighborhood stabilization, job creation, economic development, and equitable schools. 

Featured speakers include Ryan Boyer, Laborers District Council; Pat Eiding, Philadelphia Council of AFL-CIO; Congressman Dwight Evans; Patti Jackson, WDAS; Mayor Jim Kenney; Katherine Gilmore Richardson, City Council candidate; Hon. Marian Tasco; and Hon. Mike Turzai, Speaker of the House.

To place a congratulatory ad in the November 21st, 2019 commemorative issue, contact Melissa Barrett: mbarrett@phillyrecord.com. 215-755-2000 x5

Join us for a premium open bar, hors d’oeuvres and dinner on Thursday, November 21st, 2019 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m., at Galdo’s, 20th & Moyamensing Avenue, Philadelphia

Tickets are $50 in advance and $60 at the door or tables of 10 for $450: https://tinyurl.com/pprpublicservant2019

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EDITORIAL PAGES:

* The Citizens’ Voice uses the spending totals from last week’s Superior Court election to call again for merit selection of judges in the commonwealth.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY:Want to wish someone a happy birthday in our newsletter? Email us their name, job title and upcoming birthday to editor@cityandstatepa.com

TODAY’S SKED:

8 a.m. - Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney will join a delegation from Northwest Ireland that is in town to discuss potential cooperation between businesses in the region and Philadelphia. The Racquet Club of Philadelphia, 215 S. 16th St., Philadelphia.

10 a.m. - the Pittsburgh City Council will meet. Council Chambers, City-County Building, Pittsburgh.

10:30 a.m. - Governor Tom Wolf will visit with students from rural school districts across the state to observe their various robotics, drone and coding demonstrations and highlight the Pennsylvania Rural Robotics Initiative. Pennsylvania Department of Education Deputy Secretary of Elementary and Secondary Education Matt Stem will also remark on the initiative and the governor’s investments in STEM education. East Wing Rotunda, Capitol, Harrisburg.

11:30 a.m. - Mayor Kenney will attend an open house where visitors can learn more about apprenticeship opportunities in the building trades. 2190 Hornig Road, Philadelphia.

1 p.m. - the Philadelphia City Council Committee on Appropriations will meet. Room 400, City hall, Philadelphia.

7 p.m. - Mayor Kenney will deliver remarks at the annual Marian Anderson Awards ceremony, which celebrates critically acclaimed artists who have used their talents to make positive contributions to society. Kool & the Gang will be honored this year. Kimmel Center, 300 S. Broad St., Philadelphia.

To have your events included in Today’s Sked, please email the information to editor@cityandstatepa.com.

KICKER: “I fear they might declare a national emergency of some sort and pretend that that gives them the authority to do this. I don’t believe for a minute that it does.” – U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey. From WITF.