Article accelerators / Juice squeezed / 'Save local journalism!'

Article accelerators. U.S. House leadership has announced plans to file two articles of impeachment against President Trump.
Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler: “Our next election is at risk. ... We must act now.”
Trump on Twitter: “To Impeach a President who has … done NOTHING wrong, is sheer Political Madness!”
House Republicans echo the president. (Cartoon: Keith J. Taylor.)
Vox: What happens next.
Politico: The Senate seems likely to put off the president’s trial until January.
The AP fact-checks yesterday’s Judiciary Committee hearings.
Meanwhile, House Speaker Pelosi says Democrats have a deal with Trump for a new North American trade agreement.

Night terrors. A plan to require half of all Chicago City Council committee meetings be held after 6 p.m. withered before a wave of aldermanic whining.
Aldermen also stalled legal settlements with people who accuse Chicago cops of wrongdoing.
One of Mayor Lightfoot’s top advisers is reportedly leaving under the cloud of a watchdog investigation.
A Sun-Times editorial: County Board President Toni Preckwinkle has been acting “exactly like the kind of old-school pol she claims not to be.”

‘We will not be able to progressively develop the city revenues we need unless we … grow our population.’ Lightfoot has a 10-year plan to pump up Chicago’s economy …
 … a task that seems more daunting in the shadow of a report concluding the Chicago region lost more tech jobs over 12 years than any other U.S. metro area.
The Onion: National Association Of Corpses Express[es] Outrage At Still-Living Actors Getting Cadaver Roles On CSI, Law & Order.”

Juice squeezed. Rapper Juice Wrld—who died after suffering a seizure during a drug search of his private jet Sunday at Midway Airport—had reportedly been on federal agents’ radar since the search of another of his flights last month.
His Homewood-Flossmoor High School chemistry teacher remembers him as a “compassionate, intellectual leader.”
Comedian Bill Cosby has lost an appeal of his conviction for sexual assault.

Want in on the pot biz? Today’s the first day to apply for the next round of licenses to open recreational marijuana shops in Illinois—but the application costs a non-refundable $5,000.
When pot becomes legal in Illinois, three weeks from today, its consumption will remain illegal in motorized vehicles—including public transit.

‘Save local journalism!’ New York Times columnist David Leonhardt: “When newspapers shrink or close … political corruption and polarization rise.”
He invites readers to email him at leonhardt@nytimes.com with a few words about their favorite local news sources. If Chicago Public Square is among yours, please let him hear from you with the word “local” in the subject line.

Thanks to Pam Spiegel for spotting an extraneous quotation mark atop this issue.

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