STATUES AWAY. Removal of monuments to the Confederacy is speeding up after the deadly rally in Charlottesville.
■ Protesters toppled one in North Carolina.
■ A photo gallery of the fallen.
■ In Chicago, a monument honors thousands of Confederate soldiers who died as prisoners of war. (2006 photo: John Delano.)
■ A national security expert says the U.S. faces a 60 percent chance of civil war over the next 10 to 15 years.
■ Huffington Post: A Nazi wearing an 82nd Airborne hat has been called out—by the 82nd Airborne.
‘SHE BECAME A MARTYR.’ Tribune columnist Dahleen Glanton says Charlottesville victim Heather Heyer “didn’t have to give racism or bigotry a single thought,” but now “stands tall among other unselfish heroes who have chosen to fight for African-Americans.”
■ Mayor Emanuel: Heyer’s parents “should be proud that they raised somebody who knows what it means to be an American.”
■ Gov. Rauner at first passed—and then reversed course—on the opportunity to label the crime in Charlottesville “terrorism.” But the Sun-Times’ Mark Brown says the answer isn’t so clear-cut.
■ The Rauner administration is refusing Politico’s request for the first lady’s official state emails.
■ Ben Joravsky in the Reader: Why aren’t women running for Illinois governor?
■ Trib columnist Heidi Stevens: The thing about Taylor Swift’s court case people should remember.
■ Wheaton College makes Princeton Review’s 2018 list of “LGBTQ-Unfriendly” campuses.
‘IF ONLY THE PRESIDENT WAS AS MAD ABOUT NEO-NAZIS MURDERING PEOPLE IN THE STREETS AS HE’S BEEN ABOUT HILLARY CLINTON, THE NEW YORK TIMES, CNN, JOE SCARBOROUGH, KRISTEN STEWART, THE CAST OF HAMILTON, DIET COKE, NORDSTROM NOT SELLING HIS DAUGHTER’S CLOTHES, ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER, THE MAYOR OF LONDON SADIQ KHAN, ME, THE STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE, GOLD STAR FAMILIES, PENN JILLETTE’S LAS VEGAS SHOW, THE MOVIE DJANGO UNCHAINED, MERYL STREEP, AND LADY GHOSTBUSTERS.’ Stephen Colbert and other late-night comedians let the president have it last night.
■ Seth Meyers says what he says the president should have said.
■ Pioneering political comedian Dickie Smothers plays Chicago this weekend, in the 50th anniversary year of the legendary Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour.
HAVE YOU VISITED A PROTEST WEBSITE? The Justice Department is asking a web hosting company to provide contact information, email content and photos for thousands of visitors to a site used to organize protests against President Trump.
■ The now-identified guy behind the @YesYoureRacist Twitter account says, “I’m not going away”—despite the death threats.
■ After condemning hate groups, Trump retweeted an anti-Chicago tweet from a right-wing provocateur who’s pushed false conspiracy theories.
■ He tweeted another shot at the media for making him have to talk about Charlottesville again.
■ And he retweeted—then deleted his tweet of—an image of a train running over a CNN reporter.
■ President Obama’s tweet about Charlottesville has become one of the most-liked ever.
■ Tonight’s Alabama U.S. Senate primary results will provide a clue to the state of Trump’s electoral clout.
TROUBLED CHICAGO COPS.
■ The department’s moving to fire an officer who shot and killed a man during a traffic stop—and then allegedly lied about the circumstances.
■ An officer who shot a mentally disabled teen in the arm over the weekend has been relieved of his police powers indefinitely.
TRIBUNELESS TOWER. The Chicago Tribune’s parent company is close to a deal to move out of its namesake building—and into Prudential Plaza.
■ The architect of Lincolnwood’s storied Purple Hotel is dead at 91.
ECLIPSE GLASS SHORTAGE. As the big celestial event nears, lenses to protect your eyes are getting harder to find.
■ Things that could go wrong during the eclipse.
DIVVY + VENTRA? Chicago’s working on a plan that would let people use the CTA’s Ventra card to rent shared bicycles.
■ A CTA train outage on the North Side this morning triggered a huge price surge for Uber and Lyft rides.
■ Uber has banned racists, too.
■ A Chicago flower-delivery company is forcing potential customers to condemn racism—or take their business elsewhere.