Lightfoot knew / ‘Grave threat’ / Feel lucky?

Lightfoot knew. Despite her remarks to the contrary the day before, Mayor Lightfoot admitted she learned last November that Chicago cops had handcuffed a naked woman in a mistaken February 2019 raid on her home.

She says the city “will do better, and we will win back the trust that we have lost this week.”
Demonstrators outside Chicago police headquarters last night called for an end to raids inside homes and firings for the cops involved.
A Tribune editorial: It took CBS Chicago’s reporting to compel Lightfoot’s apology.
The station last night preempted its whole 6 p.m. newscast (middle of Robert Feder’s column)—plus Entertainment Tonight—for a one-hour special recapping its investigation that broke the story, My Name Is Anjanette Young.
Columnist Mark Konkol: “Anjanette Young is my 2020 Chicagoan of the Year.”

‘Savages they all deserve a bullet.’ That and other Facebook posts could cost John Catanzara Jr., the demagogic president of Chicago’s Fraternal Order of Police, his job as an officer.
The complaint before the Chicago Police Board cites hateful and obscene statements in detail.

For the record, this is a reference to the vice president’s wife. Pence, second lady get COVID-19 vaccine injections.”
Around the nation and the world, the question of who gets vaccinated after health care workers and nursing home denizens remains unsettled.
Illinois warehouse and factory workers say they merit priority.
Illinois’ top doc on the state’s pandemic numbers: “We are headed in the right direction.”

Metra fare cuts. South Side and south suburban commuters are in for a price break beginning in January—part of a plan to boost development in that part of Cook County.
WBEZ: Chicago-area transit agencies face “drastic” service cuts.

‘Grave threat.’ Without elaborating, the U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency warns that the long-undetected hacking of U.S. and other computer systems around the world—likely from Russia—compromised “critical infrastructure.”
From President Trump: Crickets.
A cybersecurity professor writing in The New York Times: Cybersecurity Experts Are Leaving the Federal Government. That’s a Problem.”

‘I’ll be fierce for … our planet.’ President-elect Biden’s pick for Interior secretary, Rep. Deb Haaland, would be the first Native American to hold a Cabinet seat.
Axios: “Acting Defense Secretary Chris Miller ordered a Pentagon-wide halt to cooperation with the transition of President-elect Biden, shocking officials across the Defense Department.”

It’s also taking measures to dial down the drama, reminding tweeters that others on Twitter are human.

Change on ice. The Cleveland baseball team’s decision to abandon the name “Indians” has left the CEO of the Chicago Blackhawks unmoved.
Columnist—and Ohio native—Neil Steinberg: “I loved Chief Wahoo … but I also understand that fish don’t consider water wet.”
 Juneteenth—marking African Americans’ emancipation from slavery—is now an official Cook County government holiday.

Feel lucky? An online lottery will determine who gets 2021’s first Cook County marriage license.
An auction will decide who gets to push the button to set off an implosion to destroy Trump’s failed Atlantic City hotel and casino.

‘Keep watching after the final credits.’ The Trib’s Eric Zorn makes a pitch (in the middle of his column today) for the annual holiday singalong that he and colleague Mary Schmich host for charity each year—this year, going virtual tonight and through the weekend.
TV critic Aaron Barnhart serves up a short history of TV’s Yule Log—and where you can see it this year.

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