Chicago transformed / News biz upheavals / 'Here are our demands'

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Chicago transformed. The Chicago City Council has OK’d what the Sun-Times’ Fran Spielman calls “a parade of projects that, together, could flood an already booming Chicago market with 7,000 residential units, more than 1,200 hotel rooms and 2 million square feet of additional office space.”
The skin of a new Illinois Institute of Technology building comprises “pillowlike cushions that can automatically adjust to let in more or less natural light depending on the weather.”
A developer’s buying a swath of McDonald’s old headquarters property in Oak Brook—to build a gated community on land coveted by the village’s park district.

To protect ‘Chicago’s most vulnerable workers.’ The City Council has approved creation of a new agency to enforce minimum wage, sick time and wage theft laws.
But the mayor’s turning thumbs-down on plans that would have taxed the sale of pricey homes to fight homelessness or replace lead pipes delivering water to Chicago homes.
The watchdog Civic Federation says the mayor’s final budget fails to address “an enormous elephant in the room.”

Bikes and buses, together. Beginning today along a stretch of Halsted Street, Chicago’s testing a new road configuration—separating car and truck traffic from lanes to be used by buses and bicycles.
Mayor Emanuel’s promising to use a grant from ex-New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg to expand bike-sharing to “100 percent of the city.”

Voting by mail? Last call. Today’s your last chance to apply to cast your ballot remotely in Chicago and Cook County.
A Tribune editorial: “Do your homework. Then vote ‘no’ on bad judges.”
Don’t vote dumb: Check the newly expanded Chicago Public Square election guide. (And please share it.)
Feeling angsty as the election approaches? You’re not alone.

Now public: ‘The last great still-secret Watergate document.’ The Lawfare blog examines the significance, in the Age of Trump, of the newly released—and long mysterious—Watergate “Road Map” special prosecutor Leon Jaworski sent Congress in 1974.
The president to ABC News: “I always want to tell the truth. When I can, I tell the truth.”
which is a lie.
Ex-presidential candidate and current Senate candidate from Utah Mitt Romney: “I cannot conceive of thinking or saying that … any responsible news organization is an enemy. … It is very much our friend.”

News biz upheavals.
The Sun-Times CEO is quitting.
The Sun-Times is cutting its Monday-through-Saturday comics pages from three to one and eliminating its daily TV listings.
One of Mayor Emanuel’s top donors is rumored in the running to take over Tribune Publishing.
Tech news site Recode is getting folded into sibling site Vox.

‘It’s medically sanctioned … torture.’ A Chicago filmmaker who was born genetically male—with XY chromosomes, but also with a vagina—and whose parents opted for genital surgery to render their child physically female is among those demanding Lurie Children’s Hospital stop doing that.
Lurie’s selling its Lincoln Park research building.

‘Here are our demands.’ Organizers of a Google employee walkout called for today at 11:10 a.m. list what they want the company to do about systemic sexual harassment, gender inequality and racism.
Women who worked with Chicago’s once-celebrated anti-violence campaign, Cure Violence (formerly CeaseFire, profiled in the Steve James documentary The Interrupters), say they endured sexual harassment there for years.
A Chicago man who heads a suburban park district police force is accused of secretly recording sexual encounters with women and sharing the video online.
The Tribune reports Cook County promoted an ex-Chicago alderman once recommended for firing after allegedly saying, “I can’t stand these Mexicans.”

Please keep your baggage handlers in their upright position. A baggage handler says he was drunk when he fell asleep in the cargo hold on a Piedmont Airlines flight to Chicago from Kansas City.
Forbes: The best days to fly for the holidays.
Environmentally friendly ways to dispose of your decaying Halloween pumpkin include … catapulting.

Correction. Avid and attentive reader Mike Braden reported a backward quotation mark in yesterday’s Square. Your corrections are welcome always at

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