'A termination case' / Despair on the run / Suppelsa farewell

‘A TERMINATION CASE.’ The Chicago Public Schools’ inspector general says that, because schools CEO Forrest Claypool “repeatedly lied” and engaged in a “full-blown cover-up” of misconduct, he should be fired.
Analysis from the Sun-Times’ Fran Spielman: The recommendation puts Mayor Emanuel in a no-win situation.
A source tells the Sun-Times ex-Chicago top cop Garry McCarthy has hired a fundraiser for what could be a run for mayor.
Gubernatorial candidate Chris Kennedy says Cook County Assessor Joseph Berrios should quit in the wake of a report detailing what Kennedy calls a “property tax racket” that has benefitted political insiders on his watch.

ALSO UNFAMILIAR WITH ‘UNCOMFORTABLE.’ In a bizarre letter, U.S. Rep. Trent Franks of Arizona announced his resignation after revelation he was under investigation for asking two female employees to consider becoming surrogate mothers—a topic that he says, “unbeknownst to me until very recently, made certain individuals uncomfortable.”
The Tribune’s Rex Huppke: “In my day, asking a colleague to bear your children was considered a compliment.” (Photo: Gage Skidmore.)
Two women who accused Sen. Al Franken of harassment say his resignation speech fell short.
A Northwestern University student’s lawsuit complains he was denied due process when the university kicked him out after a woman accused him of sexual assault.
A plan headed toward approval in the Chicago City Council would require training on the subject of sexual harassment for all city employees, from the mayor down.

DESPAIR ON THE RUN. The Englewood neighborhood, long one of Chicago’s deadliest, has seen the city’s biggest decline in shootings and homicides. The Trib’s Annie Sweeney takes a look at how it happened. (Photo: MrHarman.)
Chicago police say a man who shot a cop in the hand kept shooting after the officer was down.

‘PRESIDENT TRUMP’S … POLICIES ARE AN INSULT TO THE PEOPLE PORTRAYED.’ And so Congressmen John Lewis and Bennie G. Thompson say they’ll boycott the president’s appearance at tomorrow’s opening of the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum.
Luke Darby in GQ:No one in the Trump White House gets to lecture John Lewis, a man whose skull was fractured by state troopers on the march from Montgomery to Selma.”
David Brooks in The New York Times:The GOP is rotting.”
Your Square proprietor, a year ago: “To despondent friends in time of crisis.”

HARRY POTTER AUTHOR ON CASTING CONTROVERSY. J.K. Rowling has come to the defense of Johnny Depp’s role in the Fantastic Beasts movies, despite domestic violence claims against him. (2010 photo: Daniel Ogren.)
In Wicker Park, “A Night at Hogwarts” offers adult Potter fans 90 minutes of science, trivia and competition.
Eleven years after a fire gutted a historic South Side church originally built as a Jewish synagogue, it’s been slated for new life as the National Museum of Gospel Music.

SUPPELSA FAREWELL. After 36 years in (correction) Chicago broadcasting, news anchor Mark Suppelsa signs off tonight. (Second item in Robert Feder’s media news roundup.)

Correction: Tuesday’s Chicago Public Square mischaracterized the time period during which the FBI issued the largest number of requests in 10 years for Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives agents to retrieve guns from prohibited buyers. Thanks to Sherry Kent for flagging the mistake.
Correction: Most Attentive Chicago Public Square Reader Ever™ Mike Braden noticed the word “workers” missing in yesterday’s edition.
Most-clicked item in yesterday’s Square? Astonishingly, it was the link to the item that, also astonishingly, had been most-clicked the day before that.

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