June 1, 2017

Rauner's 'biggest failure' / Cubs shirt: Murder evidence / Words With Prez

RAUNER’S ‘BIGGEST FAILURE.’ The Sun-Times’ Mary Mitchell says the governor’s now-resigned chief of the scandal-scarred Department of Children and Family Services “didn’t have a clue.”
State senator: “I am … disgusted, with the poor quality of investigations that the agency has gotten away with.”
Six things lawmakers are sending the governor.
… But (for 702 days now) no budget.

‘I DON’T THINK J.B. PRITZKER IS EVIL. HE’S JUST INEXPERIENCED.’ But the Tribune’s John Kass dings gubernatorial candidate Pritzker for “moronic self-inflicted wounds”—including his newly revealed 2008 pitch for a job with now-disgraced Gov. Rod Blagojevich.
Powerful Chicago Ald. Ed Burke’s client roster has taken a hit.

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CUBS SHIRT: MURDER EVIDENCE. A T-shirt links the 16-year-old female suspect in a Chicago Uber driver’s murder to the theft of weapons from a Walmart store.
Outrage on Twitter: “Today in whiteness: White girl allegedly stabs stranger to death; tho she’s still wielding bloody machete, cops take her into custody alive.”
Two years after the still-under-investigation death of a Chicago cop, his widow—also a cop—has been found dead.

MILWAUKEE AVENUE FIRE. A furniture store went up in flames this morning, shutting down the street between the Logan Square and Avondale neighborhoods.
A massive explosion and fire hit a Madison, Wis.-area corn mill plant late last night.

AFTER 28 YEARS … A trove of long-hidden photographs of China’s Tiananmen Square protests is seeing the light of day.
How China could end up a world leader on climate issues.
Developing (still!): The White House has signaled President Trump will bail out of the Paris climate accords. The AP is updating the story through the day.
Mother Jones: “The Entire World Would Be Better Off If Donald Trump Just Watched This Video.”
Tesla and SpaceX chief Elon Musk says he’ll quit his White House advisory roles if Trump bails on the Paris accords.
The White House is having a hard time recruiting talent these days.

WORDS WITH PREZ. “Covfefe” is now legit in Words With Friends.
Hillary Clinton tweet: “People in covfefe houses shouldn’t throw covfefe.”
A linguist explains why that word is so tough to say.
What a lack of sleep may be doing to the president.
Rex Huppke: Trump thinks you’re stupid.
Neil Steinberg: “We can count on the Europeans to realize … that Trump is a kidney stone the nation will eventually expel.”
Joe Biden is moving toward a run for the presidency.

FROM CHICAGO WITH LOVE. The first NASA mission to fly directly into the sun’s atmosphere is named after a Chicago scientist.
Lego has released a $119.99 1,969-piece Saturn V rocket set.
 Adler Planetarium admission is free next week.

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THANKS. For help assembling this edition, Terri Lydon and Craig Newman.

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