Cubs ❤ Trump / Judge dumped / Bank closings

Cubs ❤ Trump. The team’s co-owner, Todd Ricketts, is hosting an invitation-only pre-game reception for major donors to the Trump Victory Fund Saturday at Wrigley Field.

See the invitation: “All audio and video recording is strictly prohibited.” (Cartoon: Keith J. Taylor.)
Among the event’s announced “special guests”: Todd’s fellow Ricketts and Cubs co-owner, Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts …
 … but, Rickettses aside, not a single Illinois Republican politician.
Politico: The Trump 2020 campaign still doesn’t have an Illinois fundraising chairman.

‘I don’t like the way that they are conducting themselves.’ Mayor Lightfoot took a rhetorical hatchet to the methods of developers behind a massive transit-oriented development proposed for near Soldier Field—condemning them for “absolutely” ignoring the area’s aldermen …
 … even as she rolled out new ethical restrictions she wants imposed on aldermen.
Read her proposal in more detail.
The mayor’s off to California for “business and politics,” but she’s flying commercial …
 … unlike her predecessor, Rahm Emanuel (2017 link), speaking of whom …

Emanuel’s next gig. He’s revealed he’s joining (surprise!) a Wall Street investment firm …
 … prompting U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to burn him on Twitter.
The Reader’s Ben Joravsky sarcastically defends indicted Ald. Ed Burke: “If Mayor Rahm was dumb enough to throw millions to wealthy developers, a slimy shakedown artist like Burke would be dumb not to get himself $45,000 here or there.”

Judge dumped. Injustice Watch: Cook County’s elected Circuit Court judges have voted not to renew the appointment of an associate judge accused of making “insensitive, improper” remarks to people of color …
 … the first time in at least 20 years a Cook County associate judge has lost a reappointment bid.

‘We apologize for any inconvenience.’ Jewel-Osco is among grocery stores removing Fairlife dairy products from their shelves after release of video showing mistreatment of animals at the Indiana farm of Fairlife’s parent company.
See the video (graphic animal abuse depicted) shared by the nonprofit Animal Recovery Mission.
Fairlife’s response.

Online sales taxes rising. New Illinois legislation stands to raise prices here effective Jan. 1.
Also awaiting the governor’s signature: A bill clarifying and asserting the legality of needle exchanges for heroin addicts.
Sun-Times columnist Mark Brown: “Whether you call it … earmarks or plain old-fashioned horse trading, it took a lot of sweeteners to get lawmakers on board Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s $45 billion state construction plan.”

Bank closings. U.S. Bank is expanding in the Sun Belt but abandoning more of its Chicago-area locations.
Crain’s has the list.
The new owner of the vast Oak Brook campus McDonald’s abandoned to return to Chicago is one of the founders of the House of Blues nightclub chain.
Ebony magazine’s photo archive—a broad and deep record of African-American history—is up for auction.

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