Chicago’s climate crisis / Local elections matter / ‘A historic moment’

Chicago’s climate crisis. A massive New York Times piece explores the challenges facing a city “built on a shaky prospect—the idea that … Lake Michigan’s shoreline will remain in essentially the same place it’s been for the past 300 years.”
City Cast Chicago boils it down: Global warming is behind extremely high and low Lake Michigan water levels.
Critic Nina Metz recommends the 2019 documentary about Chicago’s catastrophic 1995 heatwave, Cooked: Survival by ZIP Code, “as a key to understanding our reality going forward.” (Cartoon: Keith J. Taylor.)
The body of a Loyola University graduate has been found in the rubble of the Surfside, Florida, condo that collapsed.
 Confronting a drought, California’s governor is asking residents to cut their water use by 15%.

Be nice to your fellow Chicagoans. One of them is the winner of yesterday’s first $1 million prize in Illinois’ vaccination lottery.
The Tribune: COVID-19 has hospitalized more than 500 fully vaccinated Illinoisans …
 … but The Atlantic says that shouldn’t be surprising.
 COVID-19 hospitalizations are on the rise again in Illinois—because Missouri.
 Philadelphia Inquirer columnist Will Bunch drove two hours to go “inside the bizarre political philosophy of America’s unvaccinated.”
Loyola Medicine is among the first Chicago hospital systems to require shots for all employees.
 Pfizer and BioNTech are seeking emergency approval for a third—booster—shot to protect people from “all currently known variants” of COVID-19.

Local elections matter. Center for Media Engagement researchers and a journalism professor warn that QAnon has pivoted its exiled online movement to the real world, with a focus on local elections—especially school boards.
The AP: “QAnon has receded from social media—but it’s just hiding.”
Columnist Irv Leavitt: The principal aim of a suburban Chicago library’s new conservative majority “is to gut its budget.”
Acknowledging that its campaign contributions to members of Congress who opposed certification of Joe Biden’s election “troubled some stakeholders,” Toyota says it’ll stop doing that.
Columnist Lyz Lenz’s “Dingus of the Week”: National Review, for giving a University of London professor a forum “to bemoan the fact that women simply do not want to sleep with Trump supporters.”

‘Chicago is not the murder capital of the country. … Is that comforting? It shouldn’t be.’ But Sun-Times columnist Neil Steinberg sees futility in tracking shootings like a box score.
A 28-year-old man’s been charged in the shooting of a Chicago cop and two federal agents.
The Trace: Over the last decade in Chicago’s Roseland neighborhood, more than 1,200 people have been shot.
A Chicago Public Schools official says a principal who, along with her daughter, was shot over the weekend will recover fully.
A Sun-Times editorial praises the New York governor’s approach to gun violence.
A Chicago inspector general’s report concludes the Chicago Police Department’s hiring process rejects a disproportionately high number of Black and female candidates.

Divvy’s coming. Chicago’s expanding the presence of the nation’s largest bike-share system in the Northwest and Southwest Sides.
CTA ridership is on the rebound.
GM is recalling almost half a million pickup trucks whose airbags can explode without warning.

‘A historic moment in the years-long right-to-repair movement.’ Motherboard hails President Biden’s move to end manufacturers’ power to keep you from fixing—or from paying independent repairers to fix—cellphones and other electronic devices you’ve bought.
The executive order is a boon to farmers …
 … and people who want cheap hearing aids.
Also coming from the White House: New limits on the detention and arrest of pregnant immigrants in the U.S.

‘As more and more paywalls protect … expensive-to-produce news, more casual consumers end up reading … hyper-partisan and hateful content.’ Spotlighting a University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign journalism professor’s new book, CNN’s Brian Stelter explores the downside of a world where the best journalism is available only to the wealthy.
Nieman’s Joshua Benton: “USA Today has officially joined the paywall party.”
Reader columnist Ben Joravsky’s relationship with the shrinking Trib is … complicated: “I despise what the new owner—Alden Global Capital—is doing,” but “I don’t want the paper to die.”
NewsNation, the formerly Tribune Co.-owned cable channel that used to be known as WGN America, is rearranging its deck chairs again.

‘It fits perfect!
It is black!
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It was meant for me!
I am one happy girl!’
That’s Chicago Public Square reader JoBeth Halpin’s reaction after receiving one of these limited-edition caps. Until 11:59 Central time tonight, everyone who chips in at least $75 to help keep Square coming—paywall-free!—will get one. Here’s where to pledge.
Thanks to Bob NessMark Wukas and Mike Braden for making this edition better.

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