Democrats' 'earthquake' / Rauner's court win / Chicago's ticket mania

Democrats’ ‘earthquake.’ Slate calls last night’s defeat of a 10-term incumbent New York congressman by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a leftist 28-year-old who stands to be the youngest woman ever elected to the House, “an upset that Democrats are going to look back on for a long time.”
Ocasio-Cortez on why she challenged House Speaker-in-waiting Joe Crowley.
… who out-fundraised her, 10 to 1.
See the moment she won.
Washington Post reporter Mike DeBonis tweets: Her victory’s a “wake-up call for a party that has put off a generational change for too long.”
NBC News runs down other takeaways from “progressives’ big night.”
Vox: Last night’s primaries also spotlighted the normalization of gay politicians.

Red Hen fallout. The restaurant owner who asked White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders to leave has quit her role as director of a local business group.
Red Hen restaurants are under fire around the world.
Tribune columnist Clarence Page: “Let your opponents finish their dinners, Democrats.”
Page’s colleague, Eric Zorn: “I won’t suffer lectures about civility from members of a party led by a swaggering, unrepentant bully who relentlessly attacks his detractors with schoolyard insults.”
Late-night TV “lowlifes” and “lost souls” Colbert, Fallon and O’Brien teamed up to troll President Trump. (Cartoon: Keith Taylor.)

30 days. That’s how long a federal judge is giving the Trump administration to reunite thousands of migrant children and parents separated at the border with Mexico.
Video leaked to CBS offers an “unfiltered look” inside a New York facility for immigrant kids separated from their parents.
New Rush University Medical Center policy for immigration agents: Get a judicial warrant … or get out.
Sun-Times columnist Rummana Hussain says the U.S. Supreme Court ruling upholding Trump’s travel ban from Muslim-majority countries escalates “the dehumanization of Muslims.”

Rauner’s court win. Developing coverage: In a long-awaited victory for Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner and other conservatives, the Supreme Court has reversed of a 41-year-old decision letting states require employees to pay some union fees, even if they chose not to join.
… a ruling that could kneecap unions’ political influence.
especially teachers’ unions.
Read the court majority’s decision.

Department of Sexual Abuse Investigation. That’s not what it’s really called, but Chicago Public Schools is creating a 20-member agency to deal with a plague of offenses revealed by the Trib.
… an announcement that came just hours before a planned protest by parents and union members at today’s school board meeting.
Nice severance if you can get it: The AP has learned Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan’s ex-chief of staff, who quit over sexual harassment charges, will collect $130,500 for unused time off.
The ex-wife of the Libertarian gubernatorial candidate who, if he makes the November ballot, will be listed as “Jackson, Grayson Kash formerly known as Benjamin Adam Winderweedle until name changed on Aug. 29, 2017” says he tried to choke her during sex.
Comedy Central’s Jordan Klepper mocked Winderweedle/Jackson earlier this month: “When Libertarians say they don’t care about your personal life, they f__king mean it.”

Chicago’s ticket mania. ProPublica Illinois and WBEZ have found that, over the last 11 years, Chicago has issued 20,000 duplicate tickets to vehicles lacking city stickers—and victims may be in for a refund. (Image: ProPublica.)
Mayoral candidate Paul Vallas condemns Mayor Emanuel for inaction on lead in the city’s drinking water and promises that, if he’s elected, he’ll create a fund to help building owners buy water filters or replace lead lines.

Wiener roast. Yesterday’s Chicago Public Square misspelled the word “wieners.” (And, sadly, it wasn’t the first time, either.) Thanks to readers Christa Velbel and Kurt Wehrmeister, first to note the error. But wait: There’s more!
David Kindler was first to spot a misspelling in an item about Trump supporters booing a CNN reporter.
Gene Daley reported a bad link to a story exploring the correlation between Illinois votes for Trump and emergency room overdose visits.
Yesterday’s emailed edition also neglected to mention the $5 discount you get if you enter the promo code SQUARE when ordering tickets to the next Chicago Public Square / Wednesday Journal Conversations “live on stage” event, featuring NBA champ, VH1 TV star and sometime Trump critic Iman Shumpert, July 11 at 7 p.m. Tickets here.
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