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Streetsblog Chicago compares the candidates’ transportation platforms to actual CTA platforms.
Check their answers to the Better Government Association’s policy questionnaire …
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‘Seems biased woke left.’ Chicago Public Square lost a subscriber after Friday’s edition …
 … which would have stung more if not for the many other new readers who’ve signed up (welcome!) after learning about Square from Eric Zorn at his Picayune Sentinel …
 … and the many readers who support this publication financially—including Steve Ignots, Chris Ruys, John McClelland, Jack Bizot, LJ in Arkansas, Ken Scott, Marc Magliari, Jack Hafferkamp, William Wheelhouse, Andrea Agrimonti, Doug Freedman, Collin Canright, Janean Bowersmith, Ann Johnson Arellano, Mike Trenary, Emily Blum, Debbie Becker, Michael Weiland, Shel Lustig, Michael Wilson, Ian Morrison, Tim Brandhorst, Patricia Skaja, Angela Mullins, Bill Drudge, John Kowalski, Ralph Sherman, David Walker, Scott Baskin, Brian J. Taylor, Nancy Burns, Annemarie Kiill, Marj Halperin, Jan Czarnik, Lawrence Weiland, Patrick Egan, Laurie & Bill Bunkers, Russ Williams, Alan Hoffstadter, Patrick Stout and Michael Romain.
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But then, a happy ending—for now. After a note to that reader welcoming “any insight you can provide regarding your conclusion that Square ‘seems biased woke left,’” he re-subscribed: “I’m impressed that you personally reached out to me. I’m not solid on my opinion that Chicago Public Square seems biased woke left so I will give your publication another try.”
And he’s getting a free Square T-shirt.

Thanks. Deborah J. Wess made this edition better.

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