Buttigieg’s Chicago 'mother' / 'That's bogus' / 'Culture of death'

… Aaaaand we’re back.*

Buttigieg’s Chicago ‘mother.’ As South Bend’s millennial Mayor Pete Buttigieg formally launched his presidential campaign, retired Chicago TV reporter Renee Ferguson—for whom he was an investigative intern—was among those who introduced him.

On Facebook, she describes herself as his “other mother.”
See her speech on YouTube.
He plans a fundraiser in Chicago a week from Tuesday.
Attendees at his announcement included a crowd of Chicago political figures …
 … and, as Politico reported last week, the campaign is expanding its Chicago footprint.
Bernie Sanders holds a town hall session tonight on Fox News.

How women did it. The Sun-Times examines the strategies campaigns managed by women used to take down some of Chicago’s most powerful aldermen.
Chicago’s inspector general says his friend, Mayor-elect Lori Lightfoot, will have a tough time scaling back aldermen’s prerogative over what gets built in their wards.
Illinois’ three freshmen U.S. representatives share things that surprised them in their first 100 days.

‘That’s bogus.’ A USA Today editorial rejects President Trump’s excuse for not releasing his tax returns.
The New York Times: Face it: You (probably) got a tax cut” …
 … and, a Times editorial board member says, “Everyone’s income taxes should be public.”
Companies that paid no federal income taxes last year include Amazon, Delta, Chevron, IBM, General Motors, Molson Coors and Eli Lilly.
The Tribune’s Dahleen Glanton gives a thumbs-down on moves to keep Trump off state ballots if he doesn’t release his tax returns: “Voters in every state deserve the chance to cast a ballot to kick him out.”
A roundup of free stuff you can get to mark Tax Day.

Measles rising. The U.S. government says reports of the disease have reached their second-highest level in 25 years …
 … and, The Wall Street Journal reports, scientists studying measles say it may be more harmful than once believed—inducing immune system “amnesia.”

‘They love having their names on f__king galleries.’ HBO’s John Oliver is trolling the Sackler family for its ownership of opioid-peddling Purdue Pharma …
 … by launching a video gallery of Hollywood stars reading ex-chairman Richard Sackler’s email and depositions.
A Tribune editorial on the opioid crisis: “Make treatment more accessible.”
PolitiFact: Mayor Emanuel rates “mostly false” for his assertion that Chicago’s reduction in teen smoking over the last eight years is the “largest … in the United States of America.”
Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx is moving ahead with plans to wipe the county’s records of thousands of minor pot convictions.

‘Culture of death.’ New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy’s signature on a bill legalizing assisted suicide for the terminally ill is drawing condemnation from, among others, a Tea Party founder …
 … but the law had the support of New Jersey doctors who said last month that it could “end needless suffering” for those whose “death is inevitable.”
Illinois Gov. Pritzker has said he supports such laws.
In Chicago, female ride-share users ponder the prospect of death by Uber.

An ice day. Sunday’s near-record springtime snow left the roads treacherous today in Chicago and Northwest Indiana …
 … and canceled hundreds of flights at Chicago airports.
Updating coverage: Bad weather left tens of thousands without power through the mid-Atlantic region. (Cartoon: Keith Taylor.)

Lyft’s bike problems. The company’s yanked several thousand electric bicycles from service in New York, Washington and San Francisco because of a breaking braking problem.
From last week: The City Council has approved a deal to make Lyft the exclusive operator of Chicago’s Divvy bike-sharing system for the next nine years.
Thousands of environmental activists paralyzed London traffic in a protest today.

No nudges for kids? Britain’s privacy regulator is proposing rules to keep social media companies including Facebook from using “nudge techniques”—such as the “liking” of posts—that would encourage children to keep using a service.
Facebook and its sibling services were down for a couple of hours Sunday.
The Washington Post: A cyber arms race is underway, and few Americans have noticed.”

* Thanks for abiding Chicago Public Square’s absence Thursday and Friday for the 2020 Campaign Journalism Conference.
Get a taste of what reporters got out of the conference in this Twitter feed.

And thanks to reader Jill Brickman, first—of many—to note the above misspelling of the word braking.

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