Update: Yeah, a tornado / ‘Drunk Giuliani’ vs. ‘Team Normal’ / Ex-cop in trouble

Not Yeah, a tornado. (Update, 8:20 p.m.: It was a tornado that touched down in Roselle Monday night.) But the Tribune reports the 84 mph winds of a “supercell thunderstorm” that ripped through the Chicago area yesterday downed trees, “toppled planes, ripped the roof off at least one apartment building, dropped hail as large as 1.5 inches in diameter and left tens of thousands without power.”
WTTW has rounded up social media images of the storm. (Photo: A tree down in Oak Park.)
And now … it’s gettin’ hot ’round here.
Guess which neighborhoods satellites reveal to be suffering the most in urban heat waves.

Daley’s ‘neurological event.’ Chicago’s longest-serving mayor, Richard M. Daley, is out of the hospital and—his physician says—headed toward full recovery after suffering … something upon which his spokesperson says no further comment will be forthcoming.
The youngest person ever to run for Chicago mayor, self-described “social entrepreneur” Ja’Mal Green, is running again.

Death in the family. Illinois Rep. Sean Casten’s 17-year-old daughter died yesterday at the family’s Downers Grove home …
The campaigns of Casten and his Democratic primary rival, Rep. Marie Newman, have suspended their TV ads.

‘Drunk Giuliani’ vs. ‘Team Normal.’ Popular Information’s Judd Legum sifts through testimony in Round Two of House hearings on the events that culminated in the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection.
A key witness: Chris Stirewalt, the Fox News politics editor fired after calling Arizona early for Joe Biden.
Washington Post columnist Margaret Sullivan: “Stirewalt practically glowed in the midst of that memory, still pleased to death with the conclusion.”
Letters from an American historian Heather Cox Richardson: In pulling Republicans off the committee, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy lost “the ability to create chaos and make it impossible for people to figure out what was happening.”
The Sun-Times’ “D.C. Decoder,” Lynn Sweet: The hearings are constructed so that “when they are done, the totality of Trump’s actions to cling to power … nails the case.”
Author, documentarian and Chicago native Jonathan Alter: “Like prosecuting Al Capone for tax evasion, maybe they’ll get the Former Guy for the grift.”
Wednesday’s hearing’s been postponed for reasons undisclosed at Chicago Public Square’s email deadline.

‘A good start like tying your shoes is a good way to start a marathon.’ Esquire’s Charlie Pierce is unimpressed with that bipartisan gun control bill in the Senate: “I trust that I don’t have to explain the problem with a program to ‘encourage’ states to do things.”
For instance, the legislation leaves to states how or whether to implement “red flag” laws to keep guns away from people considered threatening.
Ex-Trib editorial page editor Don Wycliff: “This deal … smells a lot like a mixture of Democratic desperation and Republican bullshit.”
But The Washington Post concludes, “it still represents the most expansive federal response to gun violence in three decades.”

‘Republican voters are giving Gov. Pritzker’s reelection campaign exactly what it wants.’ Patch columnist Mark Konkol sees good news for the governor in “a poll conducted by a news outlet funded by … Pritzker’s sister and brother-in-law’s family foundation.”
Crain’s: Pritzker may be mulling a run for president.
 Primarywatch: Nevada voters cast ballots in races that could determine which party controls the Senate next year.
Commentary in The American Prospect*: “Biden’s judicial nominees for the second-most important court have troubling records when it comes to working people.”

Ex-cop in trouble. A Chicago police officer who quit before he could be disciplined for bullying a woman walking her dog at the North Avenue Beach last year now faces multiple felony charges.
A closing quote for the ages in the story of a nude woman who stole a Chicago police squad car: “We don’t know why the woman was lying in the street unclothed.”

Pride precautions. Mindful of the Nazi goon crew arrested near an Idaho Pride event last weekend, Chicago police say they’re ramping up security ahead of the city’s Pride Parade.
Motherboard: Texas police are suppressing bodycam video gathered in the Uvalde school shooting on grounds it “could be used by other shooters to determine ‘weaknesses’ in police response to crimes.”

See you in August. Today marks the end of a fraught year for Chicago Public Schools …
Block Club: Tension’s high in one of Chicago’s top high school communities over a “Build the wall” quote that made it into the yearbook.

A Beard for Chicago. Virtue restaurant chef Erick Williams won a James Beard award for Best Chef: Great Lakes Region …
 … but the city’s other contenders fell short.
Columnist Eric Zorn complains that restaurants are strapping on the fee bag.

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