THE LISA MADIGAN VACUUM. The Illinois attorney general’s surprise decision not to seek re-election has set off “a free-for-all” to claim her job. Among the many contenders: A former Miss America, a former state school board chief, and a suburban legislator whose law license has
expired become inactive.
URBAN DEVELOPMENTS. The Tribune takes a look at Rockford, one of many Midwestern cities losing native population but gaining immigrants.
■ Mark Brown in the Sun-Times: Under City of Chicago orders, two homeless encampments have moved from beneath Lake Shore Drive—but maybe not far enough.
■ By the Trib’s count, Chicago’s suffered its 500th homicide of the year.
■ Cops cracking down on demonstrators last night in St. Louis chanted, “Whose streets? Our streets.”
TRUMP’S TWITTER TRANSGRESSION. The president’s retweeting of an anti-Hillary Clinton video shared by an antisemitic birther whose account bears a remarkably self-aware name (@Fuctupmind) may have broken Twitter’s antiviolence rules.
■ Los Angeles Times reporter Laura King: “The violent imagery … struck a jarring note … before Trump is to deliver his first address to … the United Nations General Assembly.”
■ New York Times columnist Charles Blow: Is Trump a white supremacist “or he is a fan … of white supremacists”?
■ CNN’s Brian Stelter: Why newsrooms must keep fact-checking Trump.
■ The solution to Facebook’s “Nazi ad” problem may be for it to get used to the concept of breaking itself.
OBAMA’S WALL STREET CASH. A person who knows tells Bloomberg the former president collected about $400,000 for talking to Northern Trust clients in New York last month.
■ Journalism critic Jeff Jarvis: “Hillary Clinton … is a witness to — and victim of — journalism’s failures.”
■ Satire from The Washington Post: Reviews of just the first line of Clinton’s book.
EVOLUTION OF IGNORANCE. Turkey is removing all direct references to evolution from high school biology classes.
■ Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson: We may be too late to recover from global warming.
■ The suburb of Zion is losing its signature nuclear plant towers—but not its nuclear waste.
■ How to become a NASA astronaut.
EMMY’S CHICAGO MOMENTS. The city was big at last night’s Emmy Awards, emceed by Second City veteran Stephen Colbert. Winners included Northwestern University alumna Julia Louis-Dreyfus (sixth consecutive Emmy for Veep, as outstanding lead actress in a comedy series—now the performer with the most Emmys for the same role); Lena Waithe (“a little queer black girl from the South Side of Chicago,” the first African-American woman honored for best writing in a comedy, Master of None); and Chicago theater veteran Ann Dowd (best supporting actress, The Handmaid’s Tale). And Chance the Rapper contributed a verse to the show’s “incredibly political” opening number.
■ What the I and A stand for in Waithe’s shoutout to her “LGBQTIA family.”
■ Alec Baldwin trolled Trump during his acceptance speech.
■ The surprise appearance by discredited White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer isn’t sitting well with some critics.
■ White House adviser Kellyanne Conway was not impressed.
■ Those blue ribbons the stars were wearing? Support for a cause that is dear to your Square proprietor’s heart.
■ What Handmaid’s Tale star Elisabeth Moss said to her mom—but was bleeped—during her acceptance speech for outstanding actress in a drama series.
■ Handmaid made Emmy history for Hulu.
■ Netflix has sent a chill cease-and-desist letter to a Stranger Things-themed bar in Chicago.
COMPUTER SECURITY ALERT. If your Windows PC is one of 2.3 million running the popular security and maintenance app CCleaner, hackers have a backdoor in.
■ Equifax missed five years of warning signs.
ROLLING AWAY. Rolling Stone magazine is for sale.
■ The company jockeying to buy Chicago's WGN-TV and Radio is under fire for forcing its NBC affiliate in Rhode Island to run pro-Trump segments.
CORRECTION. Ace reader Mike Braden noted the absence of an apostrophe in the phrase “He rejected protesters call” in Friday’s emailed edition of Square—a problem now fixed on the Square website.