Supt. Brown is leaving town / ‘Don’t say [that other stuff, either]’ / Shovel-ready?

Supt. Brown is leaving town. In what columnist Eric Zorn refers to as “an upraised middle finger” to both finalists for the Chicago mayor’s job, the city’s top cop is quitting …

 … and moving back to Dallas …
 … before either of them could deliver on pledges to fire him.
A 32-year-old Chicago cop wounded in a shootout with a gunman on the Southwest Side has died.
He reportedly had been chasing the suspect in a domestic incident.

‘Democratic civil war.’ Zorn sees the possibility for “illuminating debates” in the unfolding mayoral campaign, in which “the most progressive of the leading contenders … will face the most conservative”—but, he says, “I’m not optimistic.”
Gloves were nowhere in sight as Paul Vallas and Brandon Johnson came out swinging.
The Sun-Times’ Neil Steinberg looks back to Vallas’ 2000 pledge to “discourage all forms of prejudice by others at every opportunity”—a promise Steinberg says Vallas “blithely violated … when he allowed the caustic Fraternal Order of Police to climb into bed with him without a murmur of protest.”
Axios Chicago: Although the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce hadn’t backed a candidate, parts of its statement released last night “seem pulled from Vallas’ campaign website.”

‘Cities like … Chicago can use … the remote-work shift to reinvent themselves.’ Insider: We’re about to experience the Big City Renaissance.”
A group founded by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is committing $250 million to a Chicago biotech hub.

‘Don’t say [that other stuff, either].’ Popular Information details a Florida Republican lawmaker’s move to expand the state’s “Don’t Say Gay” law to, among other things, “ban the use of pronouns that don’t align with a student’s or employee’s sex at birth.”
Bess Levin at Vanity Fair: A Texas Republican wants to forbid people from reading online about how to get an abortion.

Speaking of Dallas … The Dallas Morning News has fired a reporter for calling that city’s mayor “bruh” on Twitter.
The Middle West Review at the University of Nebraska Press surveys “The Shredding of Midwestern Newspapers,” noting “the once-mighty Chicago Tribune had a newsroom of 670 people in 2006*; now it is about 120.”

‘Extensively drug-resistant.’ Illinois health leaders are flagging a rise in Shigella infections that can trigger inflammatory diarrhea.
The Associated Press: Within hours of the Energy Department’s confirmation that a classified report determined—with low confidence—that COVID-19 escaped from a lab, online mentions of conspiracy theories began to rise.

D.C. performance art. Ex-Illinois Rep. Adam Kinzinger dispatched a team of demonstrators dressed in straightjackets to House offices, wordlessly bearing QR codes …
 … that linked to a website encouraging lawmakers to “reject conspiracies and stand for truth, courage and integrity.”
Surprise: Trump-backed Republican Ohio Sen. J.D. (Hillbilly Elegy) Vance has been working with Democrats on a rail safety bill.
Semafor details what those close to Donald Trump refer to as a “soft ban” by Fox on his appearances there.

‘Coachella for people who post on Facebook in all caps.’ Jimmy Fallon hails the start of the Conservative Political Action Conference.
Daily Show guest host Hasan Minhaj deleted his Twitter account during last night’s show.

Medical bill warfare. The Arm and a Leg podcast offers counsel on how to dispute emergency room and other charges …
 … with sample letters to debt collectors—disputing charges, demanding verification and limiting their rights to harass you.

Shovel-ready? Friday could end the Chicago area’s string of relatively good weather luck with the biggest snow of the season …
 … or maybe it’ll be rain.

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