Tobacco row / Jobs for sale / Cubs + Republicans

Tobacco row. President Trump’s top public health official is quitting amid controversy over her decision, a month into the job, to buy shares in tobacco companies.
A lawyer for the Illinois Retail Merchants Association—surprise!—opposes a plan to raise the legal age for buying cigarettes in Illinois to 21.
More than 100 child development experts are calling on Facebook to shut down its Messenger Kids app, which they consider “harmful to children and teens.”

‘Nothing Donald Trump said … amounted to a hill of beans.’ A Sun-Times editorial says the president’s State of the Union amounted to naught—especially for Chicago.
Seven things the president didn’t talk about.
FactCheck.org: The president exaggerated his accomplishments.

‘A miserable failure on his own terms.’ Eric Zorn says Gov. Bruce Rauner, by Rauner’s standards, has fallen short of his campaign promise to create more jobs in Illinois.
Rauner delivers his State of the State message at noon, and you can watch live on the web.
In debate last night at Southern Illinois University, Democratic gubernatorial candidates Biss and Kennedy took aim at J.B. Pritzker.
Before the Sun-Times editorial board, seven Democrats made their case to replace Peter Roskam representing the western suburbs in Congress.

Jobs for sale. Newly filed court records offer fresh evidence that a high-ranking official of Cook County Clerk Dorothy Brown’s office was involved in the doling out of jobs for cash.
The prosecution has dropped murder charges against two suspects who say they were beaten by disciples of disgraced Chicago Police Cmdr. Jon Burge.
Tribune report: Members of a Chicago police gang team have been stripped of their powers amid a federal investigation into allegations they ripped off drug dealers.

The two tallest buildings west of the Kennedy Expressway. They’ve been proposed near the CTA’s Morgan Street Green Line station.
A big makeover is taking shape for Chicago’s River North (previously: Rock ’n’ Roll) McDonald’s.

‘This is the arc of mascot history.’ A Tribune editorial suggests the University of Illinois follow “the smart way to dispatch Chief Illiniwek.”
In 2015, Illinois alumnus Stew Oleson proposed an alternative: The Honest Abes.

Cubs + Republicans. The Cubs’ co-owner, Todd Ricketts, is poised to assume financial leadership of the Republican National Committee.
The previous holder of the RNC job, disgraced casino mogul Steve Wynn, is formally under investigation by the Nevada Gaming Control Board.

‘We saw … guys hanging off of telephone poles with ice picks in their necks.’ Music legend Quincy Jones tells GQ the worst of today’s violent crimes “don’t mean shit” after his childhood spent in 1930s Chicago.
FX’s series The Assassination of Gianni Versace tonight revisits an infamous murder in Chicago’s Gold Coast.


Corrections to yesterday’s Square, courtesy of Chicago’s most helpful readers.
Jan Kieckhefer flagged the word “that” missing in the phrase “confidentiality agreement that could cripple.”
Mike Braden mourned the lack of a hyphen in the phrase “red-light and speed-camera programs.”
Ted Cox notes AP style dictates that “health care” appear as two words, not one.