πŸ•― Happy Monday, and Happy Diwali. This celebration of the victory of light over darkness is observed by Hindus, Sikhs, Jains and Buddhists.

Today's weather: More warmth, high of 75, along with a chance of showers early.

Β πŸ—³ Situational awareness: Early voting expands to every ward today in these locations.

Today's newsletter is 903 words β€” a 3.5-minute read. Edited by Everett Cook and copy edited by Rob Reinalda.

1 big voter guide: What to know ahead of Election Day

Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

Illinois is far from being a battleground state, but the race for governor is highlighting the vast divide on issues like abortion, crime and curbing inflation.

Driving the news: GOP candidates statewide are focusing on violent crime and inflation, while Democrats are vowing to protect access to reproductive health care.

Voting in Chicago: Polls are open on Election Day 6am–7pm.

  • Active registered voters can request a mail-in ballot until Nov. 3. Online voter registration ends Oct. 23.
  • In-person early voting is open and runs through Nov. 7.
  • All ballots are due by 7pm Nov. 8.

Be smart: Chicago has reduced the number of physical voting locations by about 10% since the June primary.

Here's a rundown of the most important races facing Chicagoans and residents across Illinois:

  • Governor: JB Pritzker (D) vs. Darren Bailey (R)
  • Secretary of state: Dan Brady (R) vs Alexi Giannoulias (D)
  • Attorney general: Kwame Raoul (D) vs. Thomas DeVore (R)
  • U.S. Senate: Tammy Duckworth (D) vs. Kathy Salvi (R)
  • 13th Congressional District: Nikki Budzinski (D) vs. Regan Deering (R)
  • IL Supreme Court 2nd District: Michael Burke (R) vs. Mary Kay O'Brien (D)
  • IL Supreme Court 3rd District: Michael Curran (R) vs. Elizabeth Rochford (D)

Go deeper: Full voter guide containing breakdowns of all the key races across the state and in Chicago.

2. Rock critic reviews his road to sobriety

Image courtesy of Ice Cube Press.

Chicago native Don McLeese chronicled the hard-living music scene for decades, including his time as the Sun-Times rock critic.

What's happening: McLeese will chat about recovery, rock and covering the local music scene with Monica at the Hideout on Wednesday night.

  • We asked a few warm-up questions:

Q. What inspired the book?

  • "To try to make sense of how the worst day of my life became one of the best days of my life. I often understand something best through the process of writing about it."

Q. What surprised you in the process?

  • "How one thing in my life led to another, including parts of my life that I haven't thought about in decades and almost seem like they had happened to a different person."

Q. What do you want people to take from it?

  • "That you don't need to be a down-and-out drunk for sobriety to change your life in some very enriching ways."

McCleese's picks β€” and yours! β€” for the greatest all-time Chicago bands

3. Tips and hot links

Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

Five people were shot and three were killed during an illegal drifting event in Brighton Park early Sunday. (ABC7)

βš–οΈ A judge wants to move up Ald. Ed Burke's racketeering trial from November 2023, but the judicial calendar is full. (Sun-Times)

⚾ SoxFest will not return in 2023. The annual fan convention is being postponded due to "several factors." (WGN-TV)

4. Eat Their Lunch: New England Patriots

The last time the Bears played the Patriots was at Soldier Field in 2018. Photo: Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Tonight is (mercifully) the final primetime appearance for the Bears this season.

  • If you're looking to feature some New England favorites in your game day spread, we've got you covered. Axios Boston's Mike Deehan gives us the must-haves:

Β πŸ™ Deehan: Every New England tailgate starts with a brief condemnation of the British monarchy followed by a lengthy prayer to a detached and cruel Puritan God.

🍞 Brown bread in a can: A slab of cornmeal, flour and molasses baked in its very own aluminum can. Just like grandmother used to buy.

πŸ₯« Baked beans: They aren't just for Sunday ham supper. Baked beans are a New Englander's anytime snack made with beans, salt pork and molasses.

  • They're great on their own, or to scoop up with some of that canbread.

β˜•οΈ The Dunkin catering menu: Forget the weak little "Box O' Joe" for takeout coffee and get the full 3-gallon cambro of that scalding hot bean juice.

  • Remember to occasionally turn on the Tampa Bay game and glare jealousy like you're looking at an ex's Instagram.

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5. Sexy Chicago costume ideas

A customer tries on a Halloween mask at Fantasy Costumes. Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images

πŸ‘‹ Hi, it's Justin. If you're still searching for a cool costume with Halloween just a week away, you may want to check out the Tribune's list of Chicago-themed outfits.

The one problem: They forgot that these days, every costume has a more popular "sexy" version.

  • At some point, we moved on from scary nurses and vampires to sexy medical workers and blood suckers.

Burning question: Does this trend translate to Chicago-inspired costumes? You decide.

Sexy gubernatorial candidate

guy next to a tractor
Darren Bailey arrives by tractor at the Illinois State Fair. Photo: Monica Eng/Axios

This comes in two styles: One involves a flannel work shirt (sleeveless), jeans (cutoffs) and a rake from your garage. Extra points if you can drive a tractor to your Halloween party.

Sexy Dibs enforcer

ironing board in the snow
A resident uses an ironing board to save a parking spot on the street after shoveling out their parking spot. Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images

The costume: Picking up the trash left behind after a snowstorm melts away can be a pretty unsexy job.

  • So spruce it up with an alluring municipal worker uniform, a wool hat and a folding chair. Streets and San fashion never looked so good!

Sexy Italian beef

Beef sandwich
Italian beef sandwich from Al's Beef on Taylor Street. Photo: Justin Kaufmann/Axios

The costume: What's sexier than felt taped to your bare skin while you're wearing an oversized bun coat and asking, "Wet or dry?"

  • Channel Carmy in "The Bear," and don't forget the hot giardiniera.
  • Extra points for seductively wrapping yourself in wax paper.

Sexy Tony La Russa

White Sox manager
Tony La Russa. Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images

The costume: Get some tight baseball pants, sexy stirrups, a mullet wig and a Sox cap.

  • Extra points for waving goodbye while dozing off.

We've noticed some amazing fall foliage photos on social media. If you have some pics you'd like to share with us, we'd like to share them with everyone! Reply with your best photos, and we'll include them later in the week.

Our picks:

πŸ“Ί Monica has finally started watching the "House of Dragons" series and is annoyed (like so many others) by the poor lighting. Why haven't they fixed that by now? OK, rant over.

😒 Justin feels bad for non-Chicago football fans who have to sit through Bears games in prime time. After tonight, though, it'll be Sunday afternoon games for the rest of the year.