Amazon + Chicago? The list of finalists from 238 cities contending for Amazon’s new second headquarters includes Chicago … and 19 others.
■ Chicago’s also in the hunt to land Apple’s new second campus—and the 20,000 jobs it could bring.
‘When you rip the toilets out of your mansion to decrease your property taxes … that drives up every other Illinois homeowner’s taxpayer bill.’ In a Sun-Times editorial board forum, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Daniel Biss went after fellow candidate J.B. Pritzker.
■ Candidate Robert Marshall warned that a tape of Pritzker talking to since-convicted Gov. Rod Blagojevich makes Pritzker “unelectable.”
■ The whole session’s on video.
Democrats divided. Two of Chicago’s Democratic U.S. House members are supporting a challenger to one of their colleagues.
■ … lending strength to a campaign to unseat the state’s most conservative congressional Democrat.
■ Chicago’s elected women are sharing their #MeToo stories of harassment.
■ Who’s backing an “independent” government watchdog project in Chicago? A right-wing policy group.
‘All Italian, Irish, German and Polish immigrants … must leave immediately and be replaced by industrious Norwegians.’ The Tribune’s Rex Huppke follows the policies of “the decidedly non-racist people now deciding who’s fit to be an American” to their logical conclusion.
■ President Trump and his chief of staff, John Kelly, are at odds over the president’s campaign pledges of a border wall—a concept Kelly has labeled “uninformed.”
‘Federal employees should not be fired for doing their jobs.’ Sen. Bernie Sanders is defending an Energy Department employee ousted after leaking a photo of Rick Perry hugging a coal executive. (Coincidentally, it’s the same coal executive suing HBO news satirist John Oliver.)
■ A majority of the National Park Service’s advisory board members have quit in disgust with Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke.
■ Trump’s acting director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is asking Congress to provide no funding for the bureau.
■ USA Today: Inside Trump’s new Veterans Affairs office, early moves to help whistleblowers are drawing praise.
■ White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Republican Sen. Jeff Flake’s speech condemning the president for, among other things, referring to journalism as an “enemy of the people”: “He’s criticizing the President because he has terrible poll numbers.”
‘Terrifying and chilling.’ That’s how at least one journalist is labeling Trump’s belated awarding of his “Most Dishonest & Corrupt Media Awards.”
■ No. 1 on his list is …
■ The Washington Post: Here are 11 real, imprisoned journalists.
■ The Huffington Post is ending publication of work by unpaid contributors.
‘As God is my witness, I thought turkeys could fly.’ If you’ve ever quoted that memorable line, hoist a drumstick in memory of Hugh Wilson, who created WKRP in Cincinnati—and who’s dead at 74.
■ Where is Lanford, the fictional Illinois hometown of TV’s soon-to-be-revived Roseanne?
Are you getting the Chicago Public Square Annex—a Nuzzel-powered afternoon update on the news? If not, here’s some of what you missed yesterday:
■ Michael Wolff’s Fire and Fury to become TV series.
■ Porn star Stormy Daniels to In Touch: Trump said I was ‘just like his daughter.’
■ Emanuel lectures City Council after 18 aldermen vote against him.
■ Obama Presidential Center activists shout ‘Shame on you!’ at aldermen.
Tomorrow’s edition of Square will arrive a couple of hours early, to give your publisher time to arrive at WBEZ’s studios for a 9 a.m. appearance on Morning Shift.