‘Because they’re cops’ / Caught on camera / Happy Squareiversary

‘Because they’re cops.’ That’s No. 1 on columnist Neil Steinberg’s list of five reasons why black motorist Tyre Nichols was killed in Memphis …
 … a case that has given new life to calls for overhauling the nation’s police culture.
Politico’s Shia Kapos compares the Nichols case to that of Chicagoan Laquan McDonald, shot 16 times by a Chicago cop in 2014, and sees “some progress.”

‘Not how Garcia wanted to start.’ Axios Chicago surveys a problematic launch for Rep. Chuy Garcia’s mayoral campaign.
Mayoral candidate, City Council member and former chemistry teacher Sophia King is proposing to invest $100 million to make child care affordable for every working parent in the city.
Test your knowledge of the candidates’ positions with a Tribune quiz.
A WBEZ-Sun-Times quiz aims to match you with a mayoral candidate whose views most closely match yours.
Why are Chicago elections nonpartisan? WTTW’s Heather Cherone says you can credit white Chicago political leaders who took a page from Southern states.
Ready to (think about casting your) vote? Let Chicago Public Square be your guide.

‘If they said everybody could go to preschool and we’re going to pay for it, I would say I still don’t have space.’A suburban public school principal is among those who tell the Trib that Gov. Pritzker’s call for universal preschool in Illinois is easier said than done.

Free rides. Add Seattle to the list of local governments offering no-cost mass transit service—in its case, for public housing residents.
Chicago’s trying new things to make drivers’ left turns safer for pedestrians.

Caught on camera. Two disaster restoration workers assigned to clean up the Kenwood high-rise wracked by a deadly fire last week face felony burglary charges after a resident’s motion-sensing security cam caught them where they weren’t supposed to be.
Illinois tops a list of states that disclose information about utility shutoffs for residents’ failure to pay.

‘Rethink everything we think we know about the Trump-Russia scandal.’ Philadelphia Inquirer columnist Will Bunch: “The New York Times should tell readers whether it helped crooked FBI agents get Trump elected in 2016.”
The executive director of the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty is warning about the expansion of a far-right group going to the “unholy well of Christian nationalism” in support of Trump’s bid to return to the White House.
Chicago-born author (Crossing California) and Forward executive editor Adam Langer*—whose most recent novel, Cyclorama, explores the backstage drama at a high school production of The Diary of Anne Frank—has launched a new podcast about how Diary became a Pulitzer-winning Broadway play and an Oscar-winning movie that changed the lives of those who made it.

‘The digital age is destroying the art of the letter.’ Columnist Laura Washington fears that pen-to-paper’s decline means our stories may be lost “200 years hence.”
Hey Chicago surveys tech sector layoffs’ impact in Chicago (middle of today’s edition) …
 … but columnist Matt Yglesias says those layoffs “don’t spell economic doom. They could even be change for the better!

Happy Squareiversary. Today marks six years since Square’s launch as a daily email news briefing …
 … after a trial balloon or two …
You can say “happy birthday” with a vote for Square in the Reader’s Best of Chicago poll …

* And a former WXRT News intern, who generously names your Square columnist in the closing credits.

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