■ His replacement-designate: CIA Director Mike Pompeo—a former Tea Party congressman from Kansas who’s been accused of Islamophobia.
■ Trump’s choice to replace Pompeo at the CIA, Gina Haspel,
■ Also fired and escorted from the White House, reportedly over an “unspecified security issue”: Trump’s personal assistant.
■ Stephen Colbert dissects that 60 Minutes interview with Trump’s “most hated Cabinet secretary.”
Rauner pulls veto trigger. Illinois’ governor says that—against the counsel of editorial writers, Chicago’s police superintendent, Mayor Emanuel and rival gubernatorial candidates—he’s going to kill a bill that would have required the state to license gun dealers.
■ Remember President Trump’s enthusiasm for raising the age to buy guns? Um, yeah, that’s now not a thing.
■ Thousands of businesses remain standing with the National Rifle Association.
‘I’m just kind of seizing that time right now.’ Meet some of the Chicago-area students behind tomorrow’s school walkout to demand gun reform, marking a month since the massacre at Parkland, Fla.
■ The walkout is scheduled to last 17 minutes—one for each life lost in Florida.
■ For students: What the law says about the right to protest.
■ NPR: “School Walkouts Test Student Rights And School Responsibilities.”
■ Chicago kids want the public schools to stop treating underage drinking less as a discipline problem and more like a public health problem.
■ A federal judge is calling for an end to Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agents’ “false stash house” raids.
‘Rush Street on the river.’ That’s Mayor Emanuel’s vision for the evolving entertainment district along the Chicago River—including a new four-level venue slated for 321 N. Clark.
(Rendering: Goettsch Partners.)
■ Two of Chicago’s biggest landlords plan to roll out new suites of office amenities, including on-demand and on-site emergency child care, pet care and meal delivery.
■ What emerged from a 50-year-old time capsule at the Chicago skyscraper formerly known as the John Hancock.
Family feuding. Chris Kennedy’s latest ads in the Democratic
■ Gubernatorial candidate Daniel Biss is moving to overthrow House Speaker Michael Madigan’s control of the Democratic Party.
■ White Sox and Bulls chairman Jerry Reinsdorf is among several big-money donors who’ve created a low-profile political action committee to influence next week’s elections.
■ Political tea leaves du jour: What happens tonight in Pennsylvania’s special congressional election?
‘Remember how polling sucks and you can’t trust it anymore?’ The guy who brought you Daily Kos has launched Civiqs, a project aimed at fixing that.
■ BuzzFeed on Civiqs: “Nearly a million respondents are a deep new data source. … One early finding: Don’t talk about impeachment.”
News overload? Politico media writer Jack Shafer notes such panics are nothing new—they date back centuries—and he mocks a rash of commentaries advising you to back away: “Feel like you’re drowning in the news? Learn how to swim.”
■ … and, of course, that’s why Chicago Public Square is here. (Coincidentally posted one year ago today.)
■ Yesterday’s Square got Dorothy Brown’s title wrong. She is the clerk of Cook County Circuit Court. Thanks to the readers who noted the error—the first of whom has asked to remain unnamed.
■ And omission of the phrase “that if she could revisit that moment” in the passage “Kathy Griffin joked to Bill Maher that if she could revisit that moment, ‘I’d do Mike Pence’” ruined the joke.
■ Thanks to readers Chris Koenig and Julie Ross and Craig Newman’s Nuzzel newsletter for inspiration this issue.
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