Ready, aim … vote? / ‘Terrorism Threat to the United States’ / Not just CNN

Ready, aim … vote? Newly empowered with a legislative supermajority, Democrats in the General Assembly have queued up a massive Illinois gun control bill that would outlaw assault weapons’ sale and forbid most under 21 from buying a gun.
Also in the works: Amendments to the controversial SAFE-T criminal justice reform act, which is set to take effect Jan. 1.

Christmas in November. Democrats who—for at least a few weeks more—control the House Ways and Means Committee yesterday got six years of Donald Trump’s tax returns.
Moving with unusual unity after a midterm loss, House Democrats have elected Hakeem Jeffries to replace Nancy Pelosi, making him the highest-ranking Black congressional leader in U.S. history.

‘Terrorism Threat to the United States.’ That’s the title of a Department of Homeland Security bulletin warning of “a persistent and lethal threat” to Jewish, LGBTQ and migrant communities from Americans moved by violent ideologies.
Esquire’s Charlie Pierce: “The Oath Keepers may be going to jail, but the anger that moved them remains free.”

‘I take full responsibility … for my bad choice.’ Add a Naperville woman to the roster of those sentenced for the Jan. 6, 2021, riot at the Capitol.
A Chicago man accused of ramming the Capitol doors that day has turned himself in.

How to protect yourself from the word of the year.
Inc. offers a guide to gaslighting.
Voting’s on in PolitiFact’s poll to determine 2022’s Lie of the Year. (Cartoon: Charis JB at The Nib.)

Taxing time. Cook County property tax bills are headed to mailboxes, and you can see yours here.
A report from the county treasurer’s office lists four reasons those bills are up.
ProPublica: “A billionaire [Chicago Fire owner and Morningstar founder Joe Mansueto] got the Chicago mayor’s support to lease public land. Then he wrote her campaign a $25,000 check” …
 … and now she faces an ethics complaint.

Time’s up. The pandemic grace period for renewing an Illinois driver’s license ends today.
You may be eligible to renew online.
DoorDash is cutting 1,250 workers—many hired during a pandemic delivery surge.
ProPublica and Vanity Fair have corrected and updated an October story about COVID-19’s origins … but they stand by the possibility that a biosecurity breach at the Wuhan Institute of Virology may have sparked the pandemic …

‘The best video about health insurance, ever.’ The Arm and a Leg podcast spotlights the creator of “a terrible guide to … terrible terminology.”
Hear the podcast here and see the video here.

Patty Reilly-Murphy is a Chicago Public Square advertiser.

Not just CNN. Layoffs at the network will reportedly extend to the channel formerly known as “Headline News”: HLN, now home to a flock of true-crime shows.
Also slicing jobs: The Washington Post, killing its weekly magazine …
 … and the Gannett newspaper chain …
 … but NPR says it can make do with just a near-freeze on hiring.
Journalism watchdog Dick Tofel on journalism’s life after Twitter: “Aggregation done right—well curated, attractively presented, truly distinctive—seems to me … likely to be at a premium in a post-Twitter ecosystem.”

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