June, busting out / ‘Troubling correlations’ / Trib tick-tock

June is busting out all over. With COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths plummeting, Mayor Lightfoot says Chicago will fully reopen June 11 …

 … making it the largest U.S. city to do so by then.
Sun-Times columnist Neil Steinberg on his first Wrigley Field visit in five years: “I looked around and … choked up.”
The Bud Billiken Parade returns Aug. 14.
The Chicago Marathon is back Oct. 10.
Abbott is closing a COVID-19 test-making plant that employed 2,000 people around the clock.
An infectious disease professor advises: “If you have symptoms of COVID-19, you should get tested … even if you are fully vaccinated.”

Help wanted—really. The post-pandemic recovery’s speed has set off a hiring scramble.
The Wall Street Journal: This recovery is “unlike anything you’ve seen.”
Men Yell at Me newsletter author Lyz Lenz declares “the office” her Dingus of the Week: “In a country that lacks access to affordable childcare and reliable mass public transit, it’s kind of hard to access for some people. And by ‘some people,’ I mean anyone who is not a white man with a wife at home.”

‘Troubling correlations.’ A designer who rated CTA rail stations for walkability and bikeability found that almost all those below the system average are in communities of color.
Aldermen are weighing the future of e-scooters in Chicago.

‘A $3 cup of coffee should cost $3, not $38. If banks can’t understand that, the federal government should explain it to them.’ A Sun-Times editorial calls for the abolition of overdraft fees.
A poll conducted in March and April concluded Chicagoans were better suited than the nation as a whole to cover living expenses for two months after a job loss.

A tweet from Tesla CEO Elon Musk crashed the price of bitcoin. (Cartoon: Keith J. Taylor.)

‘And yet some say our legislature is ineffective!’ Law blogger Jack Leyhane details how a bill to put polling places in all Illinois county jails mutated again and again into a bill moving the primary from March to June.
Politico: Gov. Pritzker’s giving an advisory job to the wife of his predecessor, with whom he’s not on speaking terms.

Trib tick-tock. Media monitor Robert Feder says some of the Chicago Tribune’s best-known bylines may disappear in a week, when the paper’s new owners notify employees whose applications for voluntary buyouts have been accepted.
Trib alumnus Irv Leavitt: New ownership means the paper won’t have to “pretend to cover the neighborhoods where people actually live.”

Facebook reversal. The company reportedly planned to end a policy that let politicians escape the kinds of content moderation that have applied to regular humans.

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