October 17, 2017

Riverwalk cleanup / Counting the future / 'Daily Show' in Chicago

RIVERWALK CLEANUP. After the weekend’s flooding, restaurants are set to begin reopening along Chicago’s waterfront walkway today.
The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District: “The riverwalk was designed to flood.”

CHICAGO’S AMAZON BID. The city’s official proposal to become the company’s second HQ city is now in Amazon’s hands.
After lots of complaints, Google has retreated from a Maps software update that showed calories saved by walking instead of riding.
Mayor Emanuel is reportedly leaning toward raising taxes on phone and ride-sharing services.
14 Illinoisans have made Forbes’ new list of the nation’s 400 wealthiest … and President Trump fell 92 slots.
Mark Brown in the Sun-Times: Social service agencies crippled in the state’s marathon budget battle are still struggling in the aftermath.
In Wisconsin, a proposal to replace “America’s Dairyland” on license plates.

‘I THINK HE’S TRYING TO KILL ME.’ A man pushed onto the CTA tracks testified yesterday about his cries for help.
In four separate incidents this month, BB guns were fired at CTA buses.

‘ALTERCATIONS HAPPEN ALWAYS WHEN THE DUNKIN’ DONUTS CLOSES.’ A witness tells the Tribune’s John Kass she saw veteran Chicago schoolteacher Cynthia Trevillion killed by a stray bullet in Rogers Park Friday.
Friends are raising funds for Trevillion’s funeral.
Details are surfacing in the killing Saturday of a part-time Chicago Public Schools employee, the mother of 5- and 2-year-olds.
Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis is in the hospital after a stroke.

COUNTING THE FUTURE. Bloomberg columnist Megan McArdle runs down the reasons to focus on the integrity of the next U.S. Census.
The New York Post: The Census Bureau is awarding phony no-bid contracts.
Lynn Sweet in the Sun-Times: A Senate rules change threatens Illinois influence over judicial selection.
After reports the president’s pick to head the Office of National Drug Control Policy fought legislation that would have cracked down on opioid abuse, he’s withdrawing his name from consideration.
The New York Times: Rex Tillerson and the Unraveling of the State Department.”
A former Republican U.S. congressman suggests the country might be “safer if Democrats take over the House in 2018.”

FORD RECALL? The nonprofit Center for Auto Safety is demanding the company pull more than 1.3 million Explorers off the road after thousands of complaints of carbon monoxide poisoning.
Instead, Ford is offering “complimentary service.”


DAILY SHOW IN CHICAGO. The AV Club says Trevor Noah’s first show in a weeklong stand here called “bulls**t on Trump’s race-baiting Chicago-bashing.”
Noah’s explanation: It’s all about Obama. “When there’s shootings, Obama’s from Chicago. All the other times, he’s from Kenya.”
For the first time since dedication of his Millennium Park “Bean” sculpture, its creator returns to Chicago today.

FIGHTING FAKE NEWS? Your Square proprietor shares tools and strategies for finding and sharing digital news responsibly and setting your uncle straight.
Revisiting the world’s first major news hoax.
A journalist’s son says she was killed for exposing political corruption.
Reporter Mark Caro recounts critic Jim DeRogatis’ 17-year campaign to document charges of sexual abuse by singer R. Kelly.
The iconic Sun-Times sign is coming down from the facade of 350 N. Orleans St.

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