‘Contact tracing shit show’ / ‘An extreme case’ / Dogged reporting

‘Contact tracing shit show.’ A Chicago Public Schools parent wrote to Chicago Public Square last night, complaining about the schools’ contact tracing protocol: “We got an email today … saying a person who was in close contact with my children on 9/14 tested positive on 9/15. It took 4.5 days to let us know. … One would think there would be a quicker response following positive cases.”
Mayor Lightfoot concurs, telling WTTW: “I’m disappointed. … There should have been a much more robust plan.”

[Update: Benet has reversed itself.] ‘Just come out and say it.’ Trib columnist Rex Huppke wonders why Benet Academy, a Catholic school in Lisle, isn’t being more forthright about its reasons for rescinding a lacrosse coaching job offer to a woman—an alumna, to boot—after she submitted her wife’s name as an emergency contact.
More than 2,000 students, parents, alumni and friends have signed a protest petition.
Loyola University students say the administration isn’t taking reports of sexual assault seriously.

Yeah, but. Reflecting on Mayor Lightfoot’s “big, bold, audacious” budget proposal, Politico’s Shia Kapos asks: “What happens when the $1.9 billion in federal COVID relief funding isn’t around?
The mayor’s considering tossing more perks to the Bears to keep them playing at Soldier Field.
A Sun-Times editorial praises the plan’s “modicum of relief for Chicago’s poorest families.”
Gov. Pritzker’s committing $327 million to help the state’s poorest—regardless of immigration status—pay for rent, utilities and food.
Columnist Charles Selle: With Metra ridership down nearly a quarter, it’s a bad look for the CEO to take a big pay raise.

‘An extreme case.’ A Chicago police detective comments on a Tribune investigation that found a 9mm Glock stolen from a Wisconsin gun shop has been linked to at least 27 shootings here.
Police were investigating two separate shootings in the West Loop overnight. (Cartoon: Keith J. Taylor.)

‘If Republicans are going to say nobody can tell you to get a shot they shouldn’t tell women what to do with their bodies either.’ An ex-lawyer in Chicago is suing a doctor who became the first Texas abortion provider to reveal he’d violated that state’s draconian anti-abortion law.
The Chicagoan, Felipe Gomez, says he’s doing it to establish that “the Act is illegal as written.”

(Re-)Open(ed) House Chicago. After a pandemic-crimped version last year, the Chicago Architecture Center is bringing back free in-person, indoor tours of some of the area’s most fascinating buildings …
Fire destroyed a 156-year-old suburban church that appeared in the 2002 movie Road to Perdition.

Dogged reporting. Food writer Louisa Chu has solved the mystery of Chicago’s oldest hot dog stand.*
With insect farming for food on the rise, an entomology professor weighs the ethics of bug-eating: “The well-being of trillions of creatures is at stake.”

‘The greatest cascade of crises in our lifetime.’ That’s what the UN’s secretary-general told its first pandemic-era gathering the world faces now.
President Biden: This is an “inflection point in history.”

New life for old iPhones. Apple’s Version 15 operating systems for phones, pads, watches and TV streamers are out …
 … including a “massively improvedFaceTime that finally welcomes Android users …
 … but, as with any new release, you might wanna wait a bit …
 … and, even then, make sure to back stuff up first.
A Wall Street Journal review—in the form of a music video that is very funny—concludes that new iPhones’ “cinematic mode” is not ready for Hollywood.

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Thanks to reader Elizabeth Denius, first to note a misspelling of Philippines in yesterday’s Square.
* Meyersons cited in Chu’s story are no relation—that we know of.

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