More shots / Tax reprieve / Who makes how much?

Outside Chicago, Illinois is doing the same April 12—for residents 16 and over.
A mass vaccination site opens Friday in Batavia.
All Chicago Public Schools employees—and vendors who work in the schools—can sign up now.
The Tribune asks: Why aren’t Walgreens stores consistently vaccinating people with qualifying underlying health conditions?
 FiveThirtyEight: Why vaccination programs have left doctors out.
Mayor Lightfoot on improper vaccinations at Chicago’s Trump Tower*: “This …absolutely can never be repeated.”
Chicago Public Square one year ago: “A vaccine to keep people from contracting the infection isn’t coming soon.”
Public health deans offer four steps to make July 4th more independent of pandemic restrictions.

Ghost trains. Metra reports its ridership has dropped more than 90 percent in the pandemic.
Navy Pier’s mostly still closed, but its first hotel opens today.

Pandemic lost and found. The Trib has rounded up a list of more than 350 Chicago businesses that have closed during the pandemic …
 … and profiles five that launched.
 A WGN Radio interview a year ago tonight puzzled: “What does it mean to ‘shelter in place?’
Chicago’s housing market is hot, hot, hot—partly because of the pandemic.
 The Conversation: The pandemic drove the biggest drop ever in carbon emissions.

Tax reprieve. The IRS is giving you an extra month—until May 17—to file federal tax returns 
 … but state governments will make their own decisions on whether to push back their tax deadlines.

‘This white accused mass murderer already has a cover story. Surprise, surprise.’ Trib columnist Rex Huppke mourns the “whitewashing” of a shooting spree that left eight people—six of them women of Asian descent—dead at three Atlanta-area massage parlors.
A Facebook page linked to a police spokesman who said the suspect had “a really bad day” promoted racist language about China and the coronavirus. (Cartoon: Keith J. Taylor.)
The FBI has released more video of people sought in attacks on police officers during the Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol.

‘White privilege to the max.’ After the latest arrest of Marilyn Hartman, a self-described “old white woman” who’s serially boarded airplanes without a ticket, Sun-Times columnist Mary Mitchell asks: “Do you really think a Black man or a Middle Eastern woman would have gotten past TSA once, let alone repeatedly?”

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Fin. Former Ravinia music director James Levine is dead at 77, a little more than three years after his dismissal from New York’s Metropolitan Opera over sexual improprieties.
Longtime WLS-TV director of community services and public affairs host Bill Campbell died Wednesday after a long illness.

Who makes how much? You can search a Better Government Association database to find out how much anyone working in Illinois state government is getting paid.
In sharp contrast to his sphinx-like predecessor, Illinois’ new House speaker is talking to the public—a lot.

Graham Crackers is a Chicago Public Square advertiser.

* Sorry about that. Yesterday’s Chicago Public Square included a photo to which it had not secured rights—showing Eric Trump and Loretto Hospital’s COO. Apologies to the great team at Block Club Chicago …
 … but also congratulations—for taking coveted top honors in the Reader’s Best of Chicago poll for Best Newsletter and Best Blog.
Thanks to all who voted for Square.
 Also thanks again to Pam Spiegel for making this edition better.

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