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‘The truth matters. Otherwise, we are lost.’ Those were the final words in Rep. Adam Schiff’s closing remarks for last night’s impeachment trial proceedings.

Also: “No one is really making the argument ‘Donald Trump would never do such a thing!’ Because of course we know that he would, and of course we know that he did.”
Vox: The Democrats’ “deluge of evidence … is staggering.”
Even Fox News’ senior judicial analyst, Andrew Napolitano, sees “ample and uncontradicted” evidence to support Trump’s removal.
Republican senators have been fiddling with fidget spinners during the trial.
Trump’s impeachment defense team—which begins presenting its case Saturday, to the president’s dismayhas women problems.

‘F__k that. I don’t care.’ In Miss Americana, a documentary coming to Netflix next Friday, Taylor Swift is quick to dismiss a publicist’s concern that Trump could come after her for her political stands.
(More-)Southern Man: Neil Young has become an American citizen so he can vote against Trump.
Mayor Lightfoot’s presidential endorsement may be tough for some candidates to come by.

It’s here. The Centers for Disease Control confirms Chicago’s first case of the potentially deadly coronavirus.
Four struggling Chicago hospitals are planning to merge.

Why not let noncitizens vote? The Tribune’s Eric Zorn isn’t troubled by Illinois’ erroneous voter registration of immigrants: “How can a nation conceived on the idea that taxation without representation is morally reprehensible … deny elected representation to more than 12 million U.S. taxpayers who reside here legally?”
TV critic Aaron Barnhart talks to the creators of a show about recent immigrants—a series he calls “the best thing on Apple TV+ right now.”

Find ‘someone more likely to do your bidding.’ Accusing County Board President Preckwinkle of not welcoming “a Board of Ethics that is serious about its duties,” one member is quitting.
But the ethics board is proposing a significant tightening of the rules governing the county board.
The Sun-Times: Retiring City Hall mole Ald. Danny Solis has secretly recorded more than a dozen conversations with indicted Ald. Ed Burke over the last two years.

Tick. Tock. The Chicago-based Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists is pushing its metaphorical Doomsday Clock closer to midnight than it’s ever been.
Barack Obama: Trump administration environmental policies make ending the climate crisis “almost impossible.”

‘The food was a lot better than at Soldier Field, we were indoors and we didn’t have to watch the Bears lose.’ The Sun-Times’ Neil Steinberg defends spending a bundle on a Chicago restaurant meal, comparing it to what you’d spend to see an NFL game.
The New Orleans Saints are going to court to keep the public from seeing hundreds of emails that allegedly show team bosses working to help the area’s Roman Catholic archdiocese contain a sexual abuse crisis.

Thanks to Chris Koenig for suggesting links that make Square better.
Correcting yesterday’s Square: The village president of neighboring Oak Brook says he wants Oakbrook Terrace to yank its red-light cameras.