OK, Google / ‘Screw ’em’ / ‘Lori Leadfoot’

 … a move Chicago Deputy Mayor Samir Mayekar calls Chicago’s “biggest corporate expansion” ever.
Google’s blog praises the center’s “unparalleled public transit access,” boasting that “we will be getting in on the ground floor of a broader revitalization of the Loop.” (2018 photo: Harry Carmichael in the Chicago Public Square Flickr group.)

‘Screw ’em.’ That—and not yet another plan for a dome over Soldier Field—is what Sun-Times columnist Neil Steinberg says would be a prudent response from Chicago to news that the Bears have a deal to buy land in Arlington Heights.
Ex-Gov.—and potential mayoral candidate*—Pat Quinn has launched a drive to avert the only source of funding Mayor Lightfoot has identified for a dome: The renaming of Soldier Field.
A Sun-Times editorial: The dome proposal “might well have the words potential boondoggle stamped around the margins.”
A Tribune editorial: “This backward form of urban planning gives too much power to the Bears.”

‘Lori Leadfoot.’ That’s CWBChicago’s nickname for the mayor amid reports her administration has failed to pay speed and red-light tickets racked up by police-driven vehicles used to shuttle her around.
A beloved Lincoln Park bike shop is closing after almost half a century.

‘Investigating … with extreme urgency.’ Naperville is trying to figure out why its tornado warning sirens didn’t sound ahead of Saturday’s touchdown.
The feds hope a new website—Heat.gov—will help people and businesses cope with increasingly frequent heatwaves.
Nevada’s man-made Lake Mead is drying up, exposing human remains that include at least one likely murder.
Facing charges they call “bogus,” two teachers could be dismissed today after encouraging students to protest a polluting industrial facility’s relocation near their Chicago public high school.
Want a daily emailed update on air quality for your neighborhood? Here you go.

Mum’s the word. Want to know where Republican gubernatorial candidate Darren Bailey stands on Donald Trump, the Jan. 6 insurrection and Republican efforts to censure Rep. Adam Kinzinger for serving on the committee investigating all of that? Ask again later.
Columnist Clarence Page: “Much of the Grand Old Party is campaigning like a party of trolls.”
Following Gov. Pritzker’s lead in Bailey’s primary, Democrats are buying TV ads to boost Donald Trump’s pick in a Republican congressional race—a guy running against one of the few Republicans who voted to impeach Trump.
A Washington state congressional race spotlights Republicans’ ties to extremist groups.
Update: Disney’s updating Hulu policy to accept ads about political issues—including those supporting abortion rights and gun control.

‘If you had asked me to hypothesize … a set of emails that prosecutors would find helpful in proving a fake-elector fraud conspiracy, I would not have come up with anything nearly as incriminating.’ That’s lawyer (and Trump channeler Kellyanne Conway spouse) George Conway tweeting his astonishment at The New York Times’ revelation that, in the weeks before the Jan. 6 insurrection, Trump’s advisers plainly referred to their slates of alternate electors as “fake.”
A lout who assaulted Capitol cops with a pole that day is headed to more than five years in prison.
The Justice Department’s criminal investigation of the assault on the Capitol—a thing Attorney General Merrick Garland calls “the most wide-ranging investigation in its history”—is reportedly now turning directly to Trump himself.

Monkeypox rising. More than 350 cases have been reported in Illinois—mostly in Chicago.
Cook County jail reports one case.
Experts assess the odds of contagion from activities including sexual contact (likely) to kissing (possible) to trying on clothing at a store (unlikely).
Be careful at Lollapalooza this weekend …
 … another reason to consider just watching it on Hulu for free.
Green Day plans an after-Lolla show Friday at Metro.

Highland Park online fundraiser. Smashing Pumpkins leader Billy Corgan’s livestream benefit tonight for 4th of July shooting victims and families will include Jane’s Addiction frontman and Lollapalooza founder Perry Farrell.
You can watch here free—with appeals to donate.
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