ILLINOIS’ LOSS? Foxconn, the company that assembles iPhones in China, has opted to build its first U.S. plant across the border, in Wisconsin—a “grand slam home run” for Wisconsin’s governor (according to a prominent Republican there) and a sign (the Tribune editorial board says) that Illinois is “driving employers to other states.”
■ More on Foxconn: Its other name, its other clients and its humble origins. (Photo: Nadkachna.)
■ An “Amazon Jobs Day” fair is coming to Romeoville and Kenosha Wednesday—part of a push to fill 50,000 jobs nationwide.
■ As of market close Wednesday, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos is the world’s richest man.
CHICAGO LAND RUSH. The City Council has given overwhelming approval to a massive development plan one alderman says will play out “on a scale rarely seen, probably since the Great Chicago Fire.”
■ Mayor Emanuel’s turning thumbs down on the Cubs’ request for more night games: “You live with the consequences of the choices. That’s how this works.”
‘WE NEED … A SYSTEM THAT HOLDS PARENTS ACCOUNTABLE.’ So the council is considering a plan to put them on the hook for community service if their kids are caught in illegal possession of guns.
■ A Chicago firetruck at the scene of a traffic crash was struck by a bullet. Police have a suspect.
■ Newly released video shows footage of a police shootout at a River West bar.
TRANSGENDER TROOPS’ COST. President Trump says the U.S. can’t afford “the tremendous medical costs and disruption.” But by the Defense Department’s own calculations, it’s just a fraction of what the Pentagon spends on Viagra.
■ Time: No one knows how Trump’s ban will work.
■ Connecticut’s governor has signed an order defying Trump’s order.
■ Caitlin (née Bruce) Jenner: “America’s 15,000 trans service members … are much braver than you, Mr. Trump; my allegiance is with them and our country, not you.”
■ The Onion: “Pentagon Announces Plan To Cover Cost Of Hormone Treatment For Servicemembers Doubling Down On Biological Sex.”
‘THIS IS A JOKE.’ Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill is one of several who say the party’s ready to boycott what Politico calls “the looming health care vote-a-rama.”
■ Fox News’ Howard Kurtz: The Republicans’ health care bill has dodged death, but the prognosis remains grim.
■ Today’s need-to-know: “Skinny repeal.”
■ Trump has ticked off New Yorkers by suggesting people take jobs in other parts of the country, even if it means leaving “an area that just isn’t working like upper New York state, where people are getting very badly hurt. … You can leave. It’s OK. Don’t worry about your house.”
THE MOOCH STRIKES. White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci said last night he’d ask the FBI to investigate “the leak of my financial disclosure info which is a felony.”
■ But by this morning, The New York Times was reporting that was no leak.
■ Vox’s Matthew Yglesias: “This is very, very not normal.”
■ Dancing with the Stars wants Sean Spicer.
■ Trump’s second speech this week to boys—and, this round, also to girls—took a more traditional tone. For the most part, anyway.
■ Potential Michigan senatorial candidate and Trump supporter Kid Rock is launching a nonprofit to promote voter registration.
FLYING WITH GADGETS? Expect closer scrutiny at airports under new TSA policies.
■ A flight to Chicago Friday could be the last here for United Airlines’ 747 fleet.
AND YOU THOUGHT EDITING WAS DYING ART. For the first time in the U.S., the DNA of human embryos has been edited—in what the MIT Technology Review says is the first known attempt at creating genetically modified human embryos.
■ Maybe a job opportunity for these guys.
R.I.P., ROCKY, NATASHA, NELL, WITCH HAZEL, CINDY LOU WHO … June Foray, whose voice has entertained generations of cartoon fans, is dead at 99.
■ Hear Foray and her Bullwinkle foil, Bill Scott, interviewed by Frank E. Lee on WXRT in 1983.
■ Dick Orkin’s immortal Chickenman radio series, first heard nationwide from Chicago half a century ago, will be revived beginning next week for podcast and streaming audio delivery.
■ Wait Wait … Don’t Tell Me! plays Millennium Park for free tonight.
■ The lead link in yesterday’s Chicago Public Square—to a Washington Post story about President Trump’s decision on transgender people in the U.S. military—may not have worked for some readers at some times. Here’s a better link.
■ Thanks to reader Les Nelson, first to report the problem.
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