People ‘dying every night.’ Workers at an overwhelmed hospital in central Wisconsin recount their losing battle against COVID-19.
■ Mayor Lightfoot is sounding the alarm about a second wave for Chicago.
■ Criticized Saturday by President Trump at a Wisconsin rally, Gov. Pritzker fired back: The president’s “modeling bad behavior,” making it “nearly impossible for states to open up any more than they are now.”
■ Twitter’s deleted presidential health adviser Scott Atlas’ assertion that masks don’t help.
■ The Washington Post: White House coronavirus response coordinator Deborah Birx has told Vice President Pence’s office “she does not trust Atlas … and wants him removed from the task force.”
‘The year that white supremacy spreads its wings.’ The Guardian says the U.S. threat is growing, fueled by the “heady combination of a supportive president and fraternizing local police amid the turmoil of the pandemic and a fast-approaching volatile election.”
■ Chicago transit activists are warning against a mass transit shutdown in the event of protests after the election.
■ Politico lays out the hidden factors that could produce a Trump victory …
■ … but Axios reports “three senior Trump advisers who recently talked to campaign manager Bill Stepien walked away believing he thinks they will lose” …
■ … and ABC News says the Trump campaign is “facing a once-unimaginable cash crunch.” (Cartoon: Keith J. Taylor.)
‘To all women, suburban, urban, rural, feminists, pro-lifers, pro-choicers, all …’ Sun-Times columnist Laura Washington calls on them to say, “Mr. President, it’s time for you to go.”
■ New York: Polls for November’s election point to “the largest gender gap in partisan preference since women gained the franchise.”
■ Vox’s Ezra Klein: Contrary to common wisdom this year, “the most important election of my lifetime was 2000.”
False, False, Mostly False, False, False. PolitiFact takes a hatchet to Republican attacks on Joe Biden’s tax plan.
■ The Verge surveys the empty buildings and factories exemplifying the empty promises Trump and then-Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker hailed in 2018 as “the eighth wonder of the world.”
■ The Post: Trump and House Speaker Pelosi haven’t spoken in a year.
■ The Wall Street Journal (behind a hard paywall): “Partisan Sites Posing as Local News Expand Ahead of Election.”
Early to vote? Here’s a list of locations and hours for
balloting locations polling places now up and running in 11 Chicago-area counties.
■ The Conversation: “Mail-in voting is safe and reliable.”
■ Don’t skip any part of the ballot. Check the Chicago Public Square voter guide.
Chicago’s pain. Facing a huge budget hole, Lightfoot is mapping plans to make the city’s ends meet by chopping more than 1,300 jobs.
■ A Tribune editorial praises Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle for her “rainy day” budget plans.
■ A Sun-Times editorial: County Commissioner Bridget Degnen “should resign from the Cook County board or quit working as a paid consultant—and possible owner—in the recreational pot business.”
‘Not the way it happened.’ Columnist Rick Kogan has issues with the Netflix movie The Trial of the Chicago 7.
■ The Batman’s back in Chicago.
■ And thanks to Pam Spiegel for some typographical cleanup in this edition.