Lake Shore Drive gunfire / 'Inappropriate and harassing' / Roborelief

Lake Shore Drive gunfire. Police say four people were shot—one killed, three wounded critically—when someone fired at a van from a car along the Drive near Fullerton close to midnight last night …

 … prompting police to close the Drive for about three hours.
That followed the shooting of two men on I-94 at I-57 earlier in the evening.
WBEZ details “a pricey effort to employ the men most likely to shoot or be shot in Chicago.”

‘People hollering and screaming.’ A witness describes yesterday’s derailment of a CTA Green Line train …
 … which sent at least seven people to hospitals.
WGN-TV: The Green Line’s suffered at least four derailments over the last 11 years.

‘Inappropriate and harassing.’ A newly released report details charges against a Cook County judge accused of making sexual advances toward a police officer and asking a court reporter “how much money” she’d want in order to have sex with him.
Convicted ex-Chicago Ald. Willie Cochran’s lawyer argues that, because prison sentences haven’t “done anything to curb Chicago’s tidal wave of aldermanic corruption cases,” Cochran doesn’t belong behind bars.

Cubs’ long Republican history. The Sun-Times’ Neil Steinberg reminds fans upset about current management’s coziness with President Trump that the team has rested in conservative hands for most of its history. (Cartoon: Keith J. Taylor.)
The New York Times explains why automakers are pleading with Trump to back off from his plan to relax pollution rules.
All the world leaders but one who signed a proclamation commemorating D-Day put their signatures at the bottom. Guess where Trump put his.

And it only took him four decades. Presidential candidate Joe Biden is recanting his support of a ban on federal funding for abortion.
“In light of Georgia’s new draconian anti-choice legislation,” hundreds of American Bar Association members are asking their Board of Governors to reject a plan to hold a 2021 meeting there.
Because they supported statutory protection for Illinois abortion rights, House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton will be denied communion at Springfield-area churches.
ProPublica Illinois dissects the “massive” gambling expansion legislation “pushed through at the last minute, with little debate or analysis, that will profoundly impact our state.”

‘A project that could alter the South Side forever.’ The Chicago Reporter sets the stage for a court ruling that could decide the fate of the Obama Presidential Center. (Rendering: Obama Presidential Center.)
Black entrepreneurs say a bill to legalize marijuana in Illinois leaves them out, favoring instead existing—mostly white-owned—medical pot companies.
The Sun-Times asks: Where is a dead banker’s yacht?

Roborelief. The FCC’s reversed course, letting phone carriers block spammy robocalls by default …
 … but leaving open the possibility you may have to pay extra for the help.

Blues blessed. The Reader serves up a guide to this weekend’s (free!) Chicago Blues Fest in Millennium Park.
Meanwhile in the suburbs, it’s the Midwest’s largest electronic music festival: Spring Awakening 2019.
A new book details Chicago’s influence on comedy in the 1980s.



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