Lightfoot’s team. Chicago Mayor-elect Lori Lightfoot’s named a squad of transition advisers—including former Mayor Rich Daley’s first deputy chief of staff.
■ A Chicago Council on Global Affairs fellow spells out some things Lightfoot can do to fix Chicago’s near-universally condemned parking-meter deal.
■ The chief of the Better Government Association—which Lightfoot once served as a board member—says “the pressure on Lightfoot will be immense.”
■ But she gets to throw out the first pitch at the White Sox home opener this afternoon.
■ She’s one of a record crop of black female big-city mayors.
■ Her City Council’s final shape hinges on mail-in votes that may not be counted for a couple of weeks.
An elected Chicago school board? For the first time in almost 150 years, voters would be able to pick their educational overseers under a bill the Illinois House is sending the Senate.
■ A Tribune editorial: That would make things worse.
■ Striking teaching assistants have reached tentative agreement with the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Wisconsin blues. New York Times columnist David Leonhardt sees “doubly bad news” for Democrats in this week’s voting, suggesting Wisconsin “remains up for grabs heading into President Trump’s re-election campaign.”
■ Trump’s picked a Skokie woman—the current U.S. Treasurer—as the next chief of the Small Business Administration.
■ What does racist Iowa Congressman Steve King do all day now that he’s been ostracized by almost everyone? The Washington Post knows a little.
Trump’s legal slog. FiveThirtyEight updates the investigations that will continue to bedevil the president even though special counsel Robert Mueller has wrapped up his work.
■ The Onion: “White House Says Mueller Report Must Be Kept Private Because It’s So Exonerating It Would Drive Public Mad.”
■ The Daily Beast: Trump’s already talking up his post-White House memoir.
Law firm ‘frat culture.’ Six women have filed suit against one of the world’s biggest and richest law firms, accusing it of gender and pregnancy discrimination—in an environment that is “at worst openly misogynistic.”
■ Crusading lawyer Ralph Nader, whose grandniece was killed in the Ethiopian Airlines crash of a Boeing 737 Max 8 jet, is demanding the planes be recalled and says they “should never fly again.”
Why Shazam! should be called Captain Marvel—but can’t be. Polygon explains with a trip through virtually the whole history of superhero comic books. (Polygon graphic by James Bareham.)
■ Ars Technica says Shazam! shamelessly mines Spielberg, but ultimately pays off.
Uncharted territory. New research concludes rising atmospheric levels of carbon dioxide “are pushing earth beyond any climatic conditions ever experienced by humans.”
■ Mother Jones: “Here’s how badly the mainstream media has been covering climate change. And Fox News is even worse.”
■ And don’t plan to drink away your fears: A new study undercuts the belief that moderate drinking can be healthy.
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■ The New Yorker: Meet the reporter who wrote about layoffs at the Cleveland Plain Dealer—after he was laid off.
■ The Post: “Local news is the next battleground as Congress eyes Big Tech’s power.”
■ Journalist Luke O’Neil: “I am … an orphan of Fox News. My mom’s brain is completely broken from it.”
■ After a week of controversy over a prominent conservative’s inclusion in Google’s ethics advisory board on artificial intelligence, the company’s killing the thing.