'I bought the Chicagoist' / CTA's $2 billion plan / Deep Dish Pizza chips

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‘I bought the Chicagoist just to run you racist bitches outta business.’ In the lyrics of one of four new songs he dropped last night, Chance the Rapper has announced his purchase of the Chicagoist website.
He also takes aim at Mayor Emanuel: “Rahm you done / I’m expecting a resignation / and open investigation on all these paid vacations for murderers.” (Hat-tip to Shia Kapos’ excellent Illinois Playbook email from Politico.)
A Sun-Times editorial condemns Sinclair Broadcast Group’s revised scheme to buy WGN-TV and Radio: “The reporters and producers … at WGN … deserve far better ownership than a company led by a CEO who cozied up to Trump.”
Comcast has dropped out of bidding for 21st Century Fox, clearing the way for Disney to unite Marvel’s cinematic universe. (Think Avengers vs. X-Men.)

And one of the city’s largest dog parks. New details about a massive project planned along the Chicago River between Bucktown and Lincoln Park on the North Side include skyscrapers up to 70 stories tall, with the promise of 23,000 new jobs and 5,000 new homes. (Rendering: Sterling Bay/Skidmore, Owings & Merrill.)
President Trump’s company missed deadlines to pay property tax bills in Illinois and four other states over the last year.

Black candidate, white district. A New York Times report on congressional candidates of color seeking to represent majority-white districts leads with a woman running in Chicago’s suburbs.
The Washington Post’s Monica Hesse: “He thought white men were vanishing from TV. I disagreed. So we conducted an experiment.”

The CTA’s $2 billion plan. It aims to make its whole system accessible to people with disabilities over the next two decades. Now, it needs the money.
A Metra board member acknowledges an air conditioning and overcrowding problem: “I’ve heard more in the last 30 to 60 days from disgruntled passengers than I’ve heard in five years.”

Democrats’ Most Wanted. Republicans in Congress have quashed an effort to subpoena the only American witness to President Trump’s secret meeting with President Vladimir Putin: The translator.
Matthew Yglesias in Vox: Trump’s CBS interview on Russia “mostly served to underscore how profound a crisis America faces.”
Neil Steinberg’s blog is observing “Traitor Week”—and he swears he planned it months ago.

Facebook founder: Holocaust denial is bad, but … After a wave of criticism over his remarks in an interview with Recode’s Kara Swisher, Mark Zuckerberg moved to clarify his company’s position on the sharing of hateful falsehoods.
From 20 years ago today, an audio interview with Swisher about the then-nascent “war for the web.”

Deep Dish Pizza chips. It’s a new flavor in Lay’s potato chip line.
Illinois Supreme Court Justice Anne Burke—who helped found the Special Olympics 50 years ago—wants a fifth star added to Chicago’s flag in the event’s honor.

Zoo sued. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is going to court against Brookfield Zoo, demanding records on the deaths of 54 stingrays.
Chicago’s newly unveiled free Chicago Rx Card promises prescription-drug discounts with no registration or pre-qualification required … and it covers drugs for dogs and cats, too.

Corrections. Yesterday’s emailed edition of Chicago Public Square
… was missing a period, a problem spotted by Beth Kujawski.
… included a hyphen that reader Mike Braden noted is superfluous in the word “superheroes.” But that wasn’t always so:

Clarifying Trump / Home-sharing tax / Nuts to nut-'milk'

No one said explaining the president would be an easy job. No one said staying at an Airbnb or other shared home in Chicago would stay cheap. And no one told you you could call “almond milk” milk forever.

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Apostrophe now / A methodical suicide / Hi, Phil

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Apostrophe now. President Trump now blames people who “would rather go to war” for criticism of his widely reviled summit with Vladimir Putin—and a statement he corrected with a punctuation change
… as heard in the latest Chicago Public Square Newscast.
RedState’s “T. LaDuke”: “The President … decided to kick common sense out of the room. On a rocket.”
At least one U.S. Senate Democrat wants to hear from the U.S. interpreter present during Trump’s secret session with Putin.
Conservative suburban U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam says that, when he confronted Trump Wednesday about Russia, the president’s “reply was defensive in nature.”
A round-up of late-show comedians’ response to Trump’s double-negative do-over: “The best they could come up with is nuh-uh?(Cartoon: Keith Taylor.)

‘All who believe in this country’s values must vote for Democrats.’ Former FBI Director James Comey—a longtime Republican and the guy many Democrats blame for Hillary Clinton’s loss in 2016—says everyone should vote against Republicans for Congress this fall.
Endangered species: The White House press briefing.
The Onion: World Wonders What Trump Has On United States That’s Forcing Nation To Keep Him In Power.

A wider Lake Shore Drive? That’s one of the options under consideration as Chicago explores the addition of bus-only lanes to the drive.
A lawsuit accuses Chicago of overcharging thousands of drivers for vehicle violations.
The City Council’s Latino Caucus is returning $1,000 from a private company that has contracts to imprison undocumented immigrants.

Nazi calling. The Sun-Times reports Holocaust denier and Republican candidate for Congress Art Jones is taking his campaign door-to-door.
The University of Illinois is paying $7,500 to a suburban man in exchange for his pledge to stop selling T-shirts featuring the U. of I.’s embarrassing mascot, Chief Illiniwek, with the words “Make Illinois Great Again.”

A methodical suicide. Records obtained by the Tribune detail the steps taken by a lawyer who killed herself days before she was to face trial on charges of impersonating a Cook County judge.
Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, said two years ago that he “would put the final nail” in a 1988 Supreme Court ruling upholding the constitutionality of an independent counsel, like the one now investigating Trump.

Obama’s non-attack attack. In his first big speech since leaving office, Barack Obama avoided mentioning President Trump—but condemned “strongman politics.”
The Onion:‘There Are Things That Exist Which Are Not Good,’ Says Obama In Stunning Rebuke Of Trump.”

Hi, Phil. For the first time in 30 years, the Tribune’s restaurant critic is showing his face publicly—and explaining why. (Tribune photo: E. Jason Wambsgans).
To distance itself from its parent organization’s clickbaity quizzes and lists, BuzzFeed News is launching a separate website for its Pulitzer-nominated journalism.

New WGN plan. In a revised scheme to save its foundering bid to acquire Tribune Media—including WGN-TV and Radio—Trump-friendly Sinclair Broadcast Group is abandoning a problematical proposal to sell the TV station to a “sidecar” operator, proposing instead to keep the station for itself.
A Chicago radio DJ—OK, hostwill sign off after 22 years.

A Marvel-less Comic-Con. As fans’ annual conclave opens in San Diego, Disney’s Star Wars and Marvel properties will forgo a significant presence.
From the archives: Marvel movies’ success was just a glimmer in Marvel progenitor Stan Lee’s eye during an interview conducted 20 years ago today, when X-Men was going to be a “big-budget major motion picture.”
Even as super-heroes superheroes conquer TV and the movies, their home medium—the comic book—is falling on tough times.