‘They’re absolutely right’ / Google $$$ for kids / ‘Instantly captivating’

‘They’re absolutely right.’ Formally declaring her candidacy for a second term, Mayor Lightfoot embraced criticism from those who say “I’m tough … I get angry … I take things personally.”
Here’s her campaign’s official launch video.
A Sun-Times editorial: Lightfoot’s tough words on crime constitute “a swing and a miss, and not for the first time.”

‘Responsible gun owners are fed up.’ In what even a Fox News anchor called “the best presentation that we’ve seen … in a very long time” from the White House podium, actor and Uvalde, Texas, native Matthew McConaughey delivered an impassioned plea for gun control …
 … including a heart-rending account of a girl whose body was so horribly destroyed by a gunman’s rampage that she needed to be identified by her green Converse shoes.
Sun-Times columnist Neil Steinberg asks: Why do we “eagerly limit our constitutional rights to shield children” from child porn but not guns?
The Washington Post: A man who allegedly told police he wanted to kill Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh was detained near Kavanaugh’s home.

Google $$$ for kids. If you’re among the Illinois residents hoping to collect up to $400 per person under Google’s settlement with those whose faces appeared in Google Photos between May 2015 and April 25 of this year, maybe you’re wondering what to do about children in those photos. Square reader Angela Mullins shares this answer from the settlement administrator:
“Adults may file a claim on behalf of (‘OBO’) minors or dependents. … but the certification signature on the last page should be as follows: [parent or guardian’s name] OBO [minor or dependent’s name]. For example: John Doe (parent) is filing a claim for Jane Doe (minor). The claim should be in Jane Doe’s name, with a certification signature as follows: John Doe OBO Jane Doe.
Filing only takes about three minutes right here. (The most challenging part is deciding how you’d like to be paid.)

‘Bonkers.’ That’s the word a GasBuddy executive uses to describe Chicago’s gas prices, which have reached all-time highs every day since May 27 …
 … and which now are beginning to challenge even inflation-adjusted numbers from 2008 (June 2 link).
The U.S. commerce secretary says “there isn’t very much more to be done” about those prices.
CNET’s tips for saving at the pump include using GasBuddy’s app …
 … despite concerns about its privacy policies (2019 link).

‘If you want to try and make money at the casino, get out of professional politics.’ Taking aim at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her husband, Esquire columnist Charlie Pierce asserts, “No member of the national legislature, and no spouse thereof, should be trading stocks.”
Primary election results from around the country include recall for San Francisco’s progressive Chicago-raised District Attorney Chesa Boudin.
Axios sees “a bleak sign for President Biden as Dems try to hold on to the House and Senate.”
The Conversation: “Primaries are getting more crowded … and that’s good news for extremists and bad news for voters.”

Hospital shuffle. A state review board’s OK’d the sale of two Chicago-area hospitals—West Suburban and Weiss Memorial—to a new owner …
 … spelling the exit of a widely condemned owner, even as community leaders question the new leadership’s cred (March link).
Chicago Starbucks unionization scorecard: One win, two losses.

Driving off. Adding to a rash of Chicago radio shakeups, iconic Chicago DJ Bob Stroud is stepping down from his top-rated midday show at WDRV-FM …
 … and WGN-AM veteran Steve Cochran will host WLS-AM’s morning show.

An ‘environmental nuclear bomb.’ That’s what The New York Times reports Utah faces as the Great Salt Lake—already shrunken by two-thirds—continues to dry up.

‘Instantly captivating.’ Richard Roeper gives three stars to the new Disney+ series Ms. Marvel …
 … and 3 1/2 stars to Relative, the latest movie produced by Chicago’s Newcity
 … whose publisher discussed his cinematic aspirations with your Chicago Public Square columnist back in 2014.

Chris Koenig and Mike Braden made this edition better.

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