'She crushed it' / 'It could be big' / Beyond petting

‘She crushed it.’ Tribune columnist John Kass on Gov. Bruce Rauner’s appearance with his Republican challenger, Wheaton Rep. Jeanne Ives, before the paper’s editorial board: “After this debate, I’d bet you’ll never see Rauner within a mile of Jeanne Ives.”
And Republican money man Richard Uihlein seems to concur—to the tune of half a million dollars he’s pumping into Ives’ campaign.
The suburbs could decide the battle, but Ives’ opposition to abortion and same-sex marriage may not play well there.

Video of the debate (in four parts) here.
Tribune editorial: In Ives, voters have “a legitimate alternative.”
All six Democratic gubernatorial candidates meet tonight for a debate to be live-streamed from Southern Illinois University.

You can’t quit. We’re firing you.
Accusing Paul Vallas of using his job as chief administrative officer at Chicago State University to advance a possible run for the mayor’s job, CSU trustees voted to end his contract before he’d planned to leave early.

‘The city isn’t gonna be able to keep a single penny.’ Gleeful over a nearly 40 percent response rate to settlement of a class-action lawsuit against the City of Chicago over its red-light and speed-camera programs, a lawyer predicts average refunds of about $37 for almost 390,000 motorists.
The Chicago Police Department is adding three civilians to its top management team.

Remember how Obi-Wan Kenobi said, ‘If you strike me down, I shall become more powerful than you can possibly imagine’? Departing FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe “could be a bigger headache for Trump outside the FBI than he was inside.”
What is this “secret memo” that has Washington abuzz?

‘It could be big.’ That’s one expert’s assessment of a blockbuster announcement today from Amazon, JPMorgan Chase and Berkshire Hathaway—which are forming an independent health care company to serve their U.S. workers.
… and they’re not ruling out the prospect of expanding it to cover all Americans.
The Washington Post: The conservative Koch network is laying groundwork to transform America’s education system.

X’d out. Apple is reportedly cutting production of its signature iPhone X in the face of weak sales.
Harley-Davidson is closing a manufacturing plant as motorcycle sales sputter.
The Keurig Green Mountain coffee company is buying the company that makes Dr Pepper, 7UP, Snapple and Sunkist.

Beyond petting. The CEO of the U.S. Humane Society faces charges of sexual harassment.
Suspended by PBS after reports he slept with subordinates, talk-show host Tavis Smiley will be in Chicago Thursday for the first of a series of town hall meetings on the #MeToo and #Time’s Up movements.
In the Kansas statehouse, interns work under a confidentiality agreement that could cripple their ability to report harassment.
A high school quarterback is going to court to defend his right to kneel during the national anthem.

Mister Rogers, Mr. Hanks. Tom Hanks has signed on to play Fred Rogers in a movie about the beloved kids’ TV host.
From 1987, raw audio of a conversation with Rogers ahead of his trip to the Soviet Union. (Photo: KUHT.)

Critic under fire. The Sun-Times has suspended movie reviewer Richard Roeper as it investigates a report he paid to boost his Twitter following with fake accounts.
Tensions are on the rise between the AMC theater chain and MoviePass, which lets its members see one film in theaters a day for just $10 a month.