'Unimaginable just a year ago' / Murder map / 'A toxic mess'

‘Unimaginable just a year ago.’ The Tribune’s Heidi Stevens reflects on two things that happened Wednesday: Decades after rejecting the Equal Rights Amendment, Illinois lawmakers approved it; and a grand jury indicted movie mogul Harvey Weinstein.

Passage by one more state could add the ERA to the Constitution—if Congress abides.
Illinois lawmakers and Gov. Rauner, who took three years to approve their last budget, seem on-track to approve this one with much less rancor.

Video journalist killed. Zack Stoner, a 30-year-old Chicagoan with almost 200,000 subscribers to his ZackTV YouTube channel, is dead—shot after leaving left a rap concert early Wednesday.
Why a Russian reporter faked his death.
The secret ingredient: swine blood.
Video captures the moment his shocked and elated colleagues saw him emerge alive.

Bucked by (Donald) Duck.
The Sun-Times reports Walt Disney World Resorts, which hosts the Amateur Athletic Union’s national volleyball tournament, says disgraced suburban coach Rick Butler is “no longer welcome” there.

Murder map. A whimsical 1931 print identifying Chicago’s neighborhoods by gangs and crimes is up for auction in London. (Image: Daniel Crouch Rare Books.)
An alderman representing downtown Chicago wants more cops there and along the lakefront to control mobs of young marauders.

‘A toxic mess.’ An environmental lawyer blames the energy company Dynegy for “dangerous, illegal pollution” in Illinois’ only national scenic river.
A Tribune video takes you on a paddleboat ride through the area.
Illinois’ first West Nile virus-infected mosquitoes of the season have been spotted in a couple of Chicago suburbs.
How to avoid the virus.

Wait— Sears still has 72 stores? Developing coverage: Sears says it’ll close at least 72 more stores—to be listed by midday today.
The Verge: “Coke claims to give back as much water as it uses. An investigation shows it isn’t even close.”

Correction. In recounting a Crain’s Chicago Business story about the standout growth in Chicago of affluent young households, yesterday’s Chicago Public Square Newscast erroneously referred to “households … headed by people under 65.” That should have been “45.”