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■ Rauner appears before the Tribune editorial board at 11 a.m. today. Live video here. (2016 photo: U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Jodi Martinez.)
■ Video from earlier in the day: Democratic challenger J.B. Pritzker and his running mate, Juliana Stratton, appeared before the City Club.
Obama’s truth trouble. The Washington Post awards two Pinocchios to the former president after running a fact-check on his assertion Republicans’ “sabotage of the Affordable Care Act has already cost more than 3 million Americans their health insurance.”
■ A financial deal put together in part by one of Obama’s ex-bosses cost Chicago pension funds $54 million.
■ Plans for Obama’s presidential center on the South Side may face rougher waters with the retirement of Mayor Emanuel.
■ Mayoral candidate Paul Vallas is under the microscope for sexual abuse crimes by a pedophile employee on his watch as Chicago schools CEO.
Cop sentenced. It’s 25 years for a Chicago officer who admitted to paying for sex with girls as young as 14.
■ Meet the lawyers, the judge and the jury in the trial of a Chicago cop accused of shooting and killing 17-year-old Laquan McDonald.
■ Massive change lies ahead for the Chicago Police Department under a plan now in a federal judge’s custody.
■ A licensed gun owner is winning praise for joining police in a shootout on the Stevenson Expressway yesterday afternoon.
Guilty? Updating coverage: President Trump’s former campaign manager has signaled he’s ready to cut a deal to avert a second trial.
■ A Fox News podcast host took down Eric Trump over a false claim about economic growth under President Trump.
■ Ex-New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is reportedly set to run for president.
Florence’s fury. Updating coverage: The hurricane has made shore, ripping apart buildings in North Carolina and killing power to hundreds of thousands.
■ ProPublica: By subsidizing insurance, states are blunting market signals that might discourage new construction in coastal areas most vulnerable to major storms.
‘When I told my brother about the series, he was like, Hm, and when it comes out, where are you planning to move?’ Filmmaker Steve James knew from the start his documentary series America to Me risked alienating him from his Oak Park neighbors. In a new Chicago Public Square Podcast, hear his story behind the stories—and catch up with a couple of the remarkable Oak Park and River Forest High School students the series profiles.
■ An ex-student is reviewing the series for Chicago magazine: “Not-So-Woke Park.” (Photo: Alexa Rogals / Wednesday Journal.)
Why Amazon’s HQ2 doesn’t matter. Ed Zotti—the man behind the Straight Dope column—predicts Chicago won’t land the company’s big project, but “in the long run it probably won’t make much difference.”
■ But Chicago is getting its first Steak ’n Shake next week …
■ … and a new Starbucks bakery.
■ A shakeup at the Mariano's grocery chain: Several of the executives who launched it—before its sale to Kroger Co.—are out.
Riot forecast. Chicago’s Douglas Park this weekend hosts the annual Riot Fest, featuring ’90s rock icon Liz Phair. (2005 photo: Melanie Vyvyan.)
■ The Chicago Reader rounds up other things to do this weekend in Chicago.
■ The family that owns the Daily Herald newspaper is selling the company to its employees.
■ The Reader’s new publisher founded the Windy City Times.
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