Stormy night / X, man / Movie mogul, mole

Stormy night. President Trump’s friend-turned-nemesis, Stormy Daniels, cut short her Chicago performance last night—and may not complete her run.

One woman in the audience reviews the show this way: “I got kind of bored.”
President Trump’s embattled ex-personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, wants a restraining order to keep Daniels’ lawyer from talking to the media about her suit against him and Trump.

Immigration abnegation. Trump says he “certainly wouldn’t sign the more moderate” of two compromise bills to resolve the crisis over undocumented immigrants—a plan hardliners on his staff helped write.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions may go to the Supreme Court in his fight against Chicago’s declaration of itself as a “sanctuary city” for undocumented immigrants.

‘The Trump Foundation is only the grimy tip of the iceberg.’ Slate’s Felix Salmon on the lawsuit against the president’s charitable front: “Trump took transactional philanthropy to its logical, and illegal, extreme.
Quartz: How the Trump Foundation helped buy victory in the Iowa caucuses.”
An investigation by the new One Illinois website’s Ted Cox reveals how Gov. Rauner, the Illinois Policy Institute and conservative political troll Dan Proft are spreading lies for political gain.

X, man. Mayor Emanuel’s all excited about connecting downtown Chicago and O’Hare airport with an Elon Musk-built underground transit system he’s calling “The X.”
… but you don’t have to look hard to find skeptics, like the DePaul University transportation expert who gives the project a one-in-three chance of completion: “God knows what you’ll find when you start digging through the city.”
Sun-Times columnist Neil Steinberg: “How stupid does Rahm think we are?
… speaking of which: The Simpsons’ monorail episode.
The Beachwood Reporter’s Steve Rhodes: “I’d rather see [Chicago’s] schools fixed than indulge a fantasy of getting folks from downtown to O’Hare in 12 minutes.”
Better Government Association chief David Greising: “The mayor’s commitment to transparency … will be tested as this deal rolls out.”
Emanuel complains he came out on the short end of an exchange of gifts with Musk.
The Metra Electric Line has been hit so hard with fraud it’s going to stop selling monthly passes at some locations.

Movie mogul, mole. The Sun-Times reports that, to avoid prison, the president of Chicago’s largest movie studio, Alex Pissios, went undercover for the feds.
From 2016: A glowing profile of Pissios that maybe CNBC would like to update? “Operating the studio as a family business creates its own challenges. Pissios says those are kept to a minimum with a strong dose of honesty …”

Special delivery. The first big tenant at what used to be Chicago’s main post office will be
Eyeing Amazon’s turf, Microsoft is developing cashier-less technology for grocery stores.

Honey Smackdown. The Centers for Disease Control recommends you not eat Kellogg’s Honey Smacks because it’s been linked to an outbreak of salmonella infections in 31 states, including Illinois.
… at least not without checking the UPC code on the bottom.
Consumer Reports: How food labels can fool you.
McDonald’s says it’ll test alternatives to plastic straws later this year in the U.S.—and will phase them out in Ireland and the U.K.

Parkland in Chicago. Survivors of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School massacre are scheduled to join an “End of the School Year Peace March and Rally” at St. Sabina Catholic Church tonight and a sold-out event Saturday in Naperville.
Ten years after a gunman’s rampage at Northern Illinois University, a survivor and gun-regulation advocate is hopeful: “I think something may happen this time.”
A 12-year-old girl visiting Chicago from Michigan was shot and killed last night after attending her cousin’s graduation.
A Tribune investigation finds that, in the four years since Illinois became the last state to let people carry concealed guns, police have learned nothing about the nearly 40 shootings by people with concealed carry licenses.

Chicago gets Boring / Trump's errant salute / Religion gap

Image: The Boring Co.
The dark side of that Boring Co. plan for tunnels connecting downtown Chicago and O’Hare International Airport. President Trump seems to have made a mistake. And, (don’t) praise the lord, we have a global religion gap.

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Dig this / Inside that ex-Walmart / Reporter down

Dig this. Elon Musk’s Boring Co. is the winning bidder in the city’s plan to connect O’Hare and downtown Chicago via an underground high-speed rail line capable of making the trip in about 12 minutes.

Boring Co. video shows how it could work.
The Guardian: At Musk’s Tesla car company, his promises “frequently go unfulfilled,” while “many factory workers feel that they have become collateral damage.”

Metra’s plight. A Better Government Association report concludes a reluctance to spend has left the rail system with cars decades out of date and “a bottom line that has never appeared bleaker.”
The CTA’s buying 20 quiet new electric-powered buses.

Capt. Kirk’s next frontier: Southern Illinois. William Shatner is on board with Solar Alliance, an alternative energy developer planning to convert an abandoned Murphysboro factory into a solar-powered Bitcoin mining operation.
Antarctica’s ice is melting three times faster than it was just six years ago.

‘I think Amy would like to sign.’ Mayor Emanuel jokingly theorizes his wife might help ex-Gov. Pat Quinn’s campaign to limit Chicago mayors to two terms—possibly derailing Emanuel’s reelection plans.
A Chicago alderman suggests a two-year moratorium on mayoral appointees leaving to run for elective office—something that would’ve forestalled mayoral challenger Lori Lightfoot’s campaign.
An indicted City Council member has changed his mind and says he’s going to run for reelection anyway.

Inside that ex-Walmart. For the first time since imposition of President Trump’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy, the government let reporters tour a former supercenter now home to more than 1,400 immigrant boys—many forcibly separated from their parents. The Washington Post account is appalling.
NBC News: “Looks more like incarceration than temporary shelter.”
A Texas civil rights lawyer says the feds at a detention center took away an undocumented immigrant woman’s daughter during breastfeeding.
Medium contributor Umair Haque: “It’s Happening Here Because Americans Can’t Admit it’s Happening Here.” (Cartoon: Keith Taylor.)

‘We are deeply troubled …’ Two congressional Democrats, Illinois Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, are demanding an ethics investigation of the Trump Education Department after a senior department official—hired straight out of the for-profit college sector—helped dismantle rules to protect students from fraud in the for-profit college sector.
The Wall Street Journal: After decades in which college debt was immune from the bankruptcy process, judges are actively trying to help students and ex-students.

Reporter down. Veteran award-winning Chicago TV journalist Elizabeth Brackett is in critical condition after an accident on a Chicago bike path. (Photo: WTTW.)
The MacArthur Foundation is handing $2.4 million in grants to four local news organizations.

‘Bug bites, bruises and death.’ The Tribune goes inside Chicago’s worst nursing home.
A Reddit poster found little urgency among Chicago officials after reporting stagnant water breeding mosquitoes in a Logan Square kiddie pool.
The Atlantic: Is Trump ready for a global plague? “He has no background in science or health, and has surrounded himself with little such expertise.”

Happy Flag Day. Liberal Neil Steinberg burns one for the team.
It’s also President Trump’s birthday.
… and his old friend, porn star Stormy Daniels, is threatening a birthday surprise for the president during her performance in Chicago tonight. (Sun-Times photo: Ashlee Rezin/Sun-Times.)
New York State is suing the Trump Foundation.