Disorder in the council / Too-silent night / F-bomb shelter

Disorder in the council. A Chicago City Council meeting screeched to a halt yesterday, derailed by a fight over Mayor Lightfoot’s choice to head the city’s embattled Law Department.
In a statement issued after the meeting, Lightfoot complained, “A small group of aldermen brazenly created a spectacle.”
 And so, much of the council’s business—including a vote on whether to rename Lake Shore Drive in honor of Chicago’s founder, Jean Baptiste Point DuSable—gets pushed to Friday.
Streetsblog Chicago’s John Greenfield: “Canceling an effort to honor the Black pioneer … would be rather awkward for Chicago’s first African-American female and LGBT mayor.”

Unforked? Stalled by the pandemic, the City Council’s table is set for a plan to limit restaurants’ distribution of “single-use foodware.”
Also proposed: Permanent extension of the city’s electric scooter pilot.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has extended for one more month the nationwide pandemic ban on evictions.

Too-silent night. If Sunday’s tornado warnings didn’t awaken you—as was the case for many in the Chicago area—here’s how to set up severe weather alerts on a smartphone …
 … and on Amazon’s Alexa-powered smart speakers.
An unborn baby died after his mother was injured in the Woodridge tornado.
Security camera footage captured the height of the storm.

Nurse strike. Almost 900 nurses employed by Cook County launched a one-day walkout today.
Another 2,500 county workers may strike Friday.

F-bomb shelter. A Student Press Law Center lawyer says the Supreme Court’s ruling in favor of a high school cheerleader suspended over her profane Snapchat rant—“F___ school f___ softball f___ cheer f___ everything”—reaffirms that “students shouldn’t be treated as second-class citizens, especially when they’re off-campus.”
The young woman whose anguished words now hold a place in history says the ruling signals students that “you shouldn’t be scared to express yourself because of the school.”*

‘I don’t know what planet they were on.’ A federal judge handing down the first sentence in connection with the Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol took the opportunity to condemn Republicans seeking to rewrite the history of that day.
A Florida man has become the first member of the extremist Oath Keepers group to plead guilty in the federal probe of that day.
House Democrats have launched a Judiciary Committee investigation to determine if Donald Trump’s administration ran an unlawful shadow operation to target his political enemies.

* Standard disclaimer: Your Square columnist is congenitally prejudiced in favor of student freedom.

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