‘This very complex issue’ / Delta’s descent / 20-foot waves?

‘This very complex issue’ … which is how the board of directors of the Catholic Benet Academy in Lisle described the decision to rescind a job offer to a gay lacrosse coach … proved to be not so complex after all …
 … as the school reversed itself …
 … and she accepted.

‘I want him in a program that gets him help.’ Ald. James Cappleman tells Block Club Chicago he doesn’t want jail time for a man who he said struck him with a piece of street furniture.
CWBChicago: The suspect “is charged only with assault, meaning he’s accused of threatening Cappleman but not making physical contact.”
A Sun-Times editorial: “Ald. Jim Gardiner should think really hard about resigning.”

Delta’s descent. Illinois reports its daily COVID-19 caseload since Labor Day has been on the decline—and more so in Chicago.
A University of California, Berkeley, health sciences professor: “Masks prevent COVID-19—and surgical masks are the way to go.”
Evanston Now: Northwestern University’s first day of fall classes seemed almost normal.
Chicago-area animal shelters find themselves overcrowded with pets returned after record adoptions during the pandemic.

Birth of a biz pitch. Citing Texas’ near-ban on abortion, Gov. Pritzker’s written to some of that state’s biggest companies, encouraging them to consider shifting work to Illinois.
Read one of the governor’s letters: “You can go where the country is going, or you can stay in a state that strips its residents of their dignity” …

… but not all Illinoisans are going that way. A DuPage County judge is considering the case against a Libertyville hospital fighting not to give a 68-year-old COVID-positive woman the anti-parasitic drug ivermectin.
A man and a woman from the suburbs are among the latest to be charged in connection with the Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol.
He reportedly wrote on Facebook: “It was like going to the shopping mall.” (Cartoon: Keith J. Taylor.)

Political disconnect. Remember AT&T’s pledge to “suspend contributions to members of Congress who voted to object to the certification of Electoral College votes”? Apparently, AT&T doesn’t.
New numbers from the Pew Research Center answer the question, “Who doesn’t read books in America?

‘I did one piece today, another piece tomorrow.’ A Chicago man who took removal of a speed bump in the alley outside his garage into his own hands, piecemeal, is in trouble with the city.
The onset of fall means it’s time to ramp up your deer awareness.

20-foot waves? The National Weather Service says the Lake Michigan shoreline along Illinois and Indiana is in for a battering today and tomorrow …
 … menacing, among others, lakefront bikers.
In a pilot program, the Chicago Park District has ordered hundreds of life rings for the waterfront.

Beer down, Chicago. Irish brewer Guinness has picked Fulton Market for only its second taproom in America.
Axios Chicago sings the praises of reusable and returnable restaurant takeout containers.

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