Divvy dumped / Good news, bad news / Meteorquake

Divvy dumped. One of the first two suburbs to join Chicago’s Divvy bike-sharing network—Oak Park—has voted to call it quits when its contract expires at the end of the month. Trustee Andrea Button, who voted to keep Divvy, explains on Facebook: “Memberships were in the 400 range, and ridership fell around 11 percent from year one to year two.”

Streetsblog columnist John Greenfield: Divvy membership is heavily white.

‘Mayor Emanuel … can’t handle Paul Vallas in a race for mayor.’ The Tribune’s John Kass says a campaign by Vallas, a former city budget director and schools CEO, would “freeze the public smile on … Emanuel’s face.”
Ex-principal Troy LaRaviere has launched a website to fundraise for a run against Emanuel.
At a forum on mental health, the mayor dodged discussion of his decision to close half the city’s mental health clinics.

On further review … After Gov. Bruce Rauner refused, during a radio appearance on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, to call ex-KKK leader and Donald Trump supporter David Duke a racist, his campaign did it for him in a statement: “The governor believes that David Duke is a racist.”
Republicans challenging Rauner in the primary support studying legalization of recreational marijuana.
Two Democrats running for governor say they’d support legal changes to let local governments impose controls on what landlords can charge.
Rauner and Democrat J.B. Pritzker are spending a combined $350,000-plus a day on their gubernatorial campaigns.
An unexpected defeat in a Wisconsin legislative race yesterday is setting off Republican alarm bells.

Can’t get that from here. Want to try the feature of a new Google app that lets users see which works of art most resemble them? Don’t hold your breath. Illinoisans aren’t allowed.
The New York Times’ Farhad Manjoo: “Time for Apple to build a less addictive iPhone.”
One strategy: Set your screen to display only in grayscale—no color.

Good news, bad news. Presidential physician Rear Admiral Ronny Jackson says President Trump is “fit for duty.”
But CNN’s Sanjay Gupta says the official report proves the president has heart disease.
Columnist Clarence Page: Is Trump a racist or does he just say racist things?
The Sun-Times’ Neil Steinberg checks in with Downstate Illinois voters: “Enthusiasm for Trump hasn’t diminished one bit.”

‘Consistently commenting on the intern’s appearance and staring at the intern’s body, gripping the intern’s hand tightly and leaning closely over the intern.’ That behavior led to dismissal for a Chicago Buildings Department policy analyst, according to the latest quarterly report from the city’s inspector general.
What to know about Saturday’s Women’s March in Chicago.

Subway + Freshii? In a full-page newspaper ad, the chain of Freshii restaurants calls on Subway to free some of its franchisees to convert brands.
Ahead of its HQ move to Chicago, McDonald’s has begun selling off its Oak Brook property.

Meteorquake. A slow-moving meteor last night lit up the skies over Michigan and Illinois and then triggered tremors as it apparently crashed to Earth.
For meteorite hunters, the game is afoot.

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