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GRIM MILESTONE. More than 1,000 people have been shot in Chicago so far this year.
Plans for a “guntry club” in a Chicago suburb have run into what Mark Brown calls “a buzzsaw of community opposition.”

OVERBOOKED? Add Chicago’s inspector general to the list of those investigating the dragging of a passenger off a United Airlines flight.
Among “legacy” airlines, United scores lowest for customer satisfaction.
Joe Cahill in Crain’s: The dragging fiasco has brought United one good change.

ILLINOIS AND ABORTION. What makes the fight between Gov. Rauner and Democrats over an abortion-rights bill so significant? Crain’s Kristen Schorsch lists five things to know.
Yesterday’s Illinois House vote puts the governor in a political squeeze.
Want to know which state lawmakers haven’t filed their tax returns? One bill would require that disclosure.
Rauner moves to fire dozens improperly hired under Democratic Gov. Quinn.
In North Carolina, a Republican judge has quit—specifically to let the new Democratic governor appoint a Democratic replacement before Republican lawmakers take away that authority.

‘MAYBE HE LACKS COURAGE.’ A Sun-Times editorial challenges Congressman Peter Roskam of Naperville to “come out, come out, wherever you are” and hold a town meeting with his constituents—many of whom have tried unsuccessfully to talk to him about the Affordable Care Act—instead of going on Fox News, where “nobody gives him a hard time.”
U.S. House Republicans have moved to keep some Obamacare provisions for themselves and their staff while giving states power to opt out.
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois warns premiums could rise if the rules change.

BUT NOT THAT RED BUTTON. President Trump has had a red button installed on his White House desk.
Ryan Lizza in The New Yorker on Trump’s wall: “One reliable way to know that Donald Trump has reversed himself on an issue is if he denies having done any such thing.”

‘THE BIGGEST TAX CUT IN THE HISTORY OF THIS COUNTRY.’ That’s what Trump’s treasury secretary is promising when the plan’s detailed today.
The early line: Low tax rates for companies like Trump’s.
Chicago and other “sanctuary cities” get a break—for now—from Trump’s plan to punish them for protecting undocumented immigrants.

FRAT DOWN. Northwestern University has suspended Sigma Alpha Epsilon and ordered its house evacuated because it “violated its disciplinary probation … by repeatedly hosting parties and providing alcohol to minors.”
One student is dismayed “the suspension was over alcohol-related policy rather than sexual assault.”
A new book by acclaimed movie exec Sherry Lansing describes antisemitism at Northwestern in the ’60s.
Trump denounces “dangerous antisemitism.”

‘IT IS BEST TO TAKE HATE SPEECH IN STRIDE.’ A former ACLU leader: “Trying to forbid or violently confront hate speech not only violates established American constitutional principles, those tactics also are counterproductive.”
The Onion: Berkeley Campus On Lockdown After Loose Pages From Wall Street Journal Found On Park Bench.”

THE AX AT ESPN. The company reportedly will cut 100 on-air staffers today.
Hey, kids: If your high school shuts down your student newspaper, you can keep going anyway—cheap.

A FOUR-STORY STARBUCKS. Michigan Avenue will be home to the chain’s third multi-million dollar “Roastery” showcase store.
 But it’s bye-bye to Crate & Barrel. (Photo: Seattle Roastery, by Jeff Wilcox.)

THE BEATLE WHO WON’T QUIT. Paul McCartney’s coming back to the Chicago area in July. Presale tickets on sale Friday, general public tickets Saturday.
Expect more ticks—and a greater risk of Lyme disease—in Chicago this summer.
Forecast for the People’s Climate March on Washington this Saturday: Near-record heat.

‘BRILLIANT, TERRIFYING TELEVISION.’ A glowing review in Vox for Hulu’s new series based on Margaret Atwood’s book The Handmaid’s Tale.
A new science fiction movie starring David Hasselhoff was written by an artificial intelligence.
Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre suffers “a loss beyond the tragic.”

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