August 25, 2017

School funding deal / Trump's next divorce? / Whole Foods price cuts

SCHOOL FUNDING DEAL. The key players in Springfield seem to have agreed on a plan to fund public education in Chicago and across Illinois for the fall

—and to offer tuition tax credits to families sending their kids to private schools.
J.B. Pritzker’s campaign has mocked Gov. Rauner in a Craigslist ad that seeks gubernatorial team members with “the ability to convince Illinois voters that going 736 days without a budget is good.”
A suburban high school has adopted a more reasonable dress code.

MALNATI DRIVE? Neil Steinberg is championing a new name for Chicago’s newly controversial Balbo memorial—and ridiculing the Chicago City Council for considering a ban on self-driving cars.
A Chicago alderman wants to use a noise-monitoring system along Lake Shore Drive to ticket unmuffled motorcycles. (Photo: Arnold Gatilao.)

TRUMP’S NEXT DIVORCE? A Wall Street Journal editorial compares the president’s split with his ex-wife Marla Maples to his use of Twitter “to tell Republicans in Congress that he’s divorcing them.”
 Matthew Yglesias in Vox: “Trump’s big mistake on health care was not realizing Republicans were lying.”
Esquire’s Charlie Pierce: “We have unified Republican government and, somehow, all the checks and balances suddenly have shifted into overdrive … and the Republicans have gridlocked themselves.”
Trump’s economic chief, Gary Cohn, says the president “must do better” to condemn hate groups. But, Cohn says, “I will not allow neo-Nazis ranting ‘Jews will not replace us’ to cause this Jew to leave his job.”
Wonkette’s Evan Hurst sarcastically paraphrases “Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’s little sicko mercenary brother,” Erik Prince: “Sailors are so busy having their Gay Lessons that they’ve completely canceled their Don’t Crash The Boat classes.”

WHOLE FOODS PRICE CUTS. Amazon says that, as soon as its deal to buy Whole Foods closes Monday, it will begin lowering prices. But cheaper avocado is just the beginning.
Aldi is recalling potentially contaminated sausage patties sold in stores in Illinois, Wisconsin and Iowa.
Sears is killing 28 more Kmart stores across the country—including three in Illinois.
A new Illinois law protects your “right to Yelp” negatively about businesses.

TICK TALK. Amazon’s revival of The Tick spotlights “just the hero we need for these bleak times,” but “may actually well be more satisfying when the sequel arrives.”
The remastered 3-D release of 1991’s Terminator 2: Judgment Day ranks among Richard Roeper’s “best movies of the 2010s.”

THINGS THAT SHOULDN’T HAPPEN Dept.
Saturday’s Mayweather-McGregor boxing match is using racial tension as a marketing ploy.
The Onion’s parody sibling, ClickHole: “7 Gorgeous Libraries Where You Can’t Be Naked No Matter What.”

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