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