Suburban fest jitters / Save, um, not / Nazis in the news

Suburban fest jitters. The chaos unleashed by a mob of teenagers at a Tinley Park festival Saturday has at least one other suburb on edge.
Tinley Park’s village manager says it’s “something that has spilled over from what’s going on in the city.”
More than 3,000 kids will convene Thursday morning in Millennium Park … to sing.

Get in free. Today’s just one of many no-admission-charge days at the Field Museum.

‘CPD will no longer need their services.’ The Chicago Police Department is cutting (expensive) ties to a Texas training firm linked to ex-Supt. David Brown.
The University of Chicago’s new international police academy will showcase successes from New York and Los Angeles—but not Chicago.

Save, um, not. After a weekend break-in, embattled grocery chain Save A Lot has shuttered one of its Chicago stores …
A former Marshall Field’s warehouse is being transformed into a new Chicago film studio.

‘Fun in Nerdland.’ Axios’ Monica Eng has launched a daunting guide to fighting back when a Cook County property tax appeal has failed …
 … beginning with how to file a Freedom of Information Act request to reveal the evidence against your request.
Appeals deadlines are already rolling through the suburbs.

Your money not at work. Block Club Chicago spotlights two Chicago City Council committees that haven’t done much other than spend your tax dollars.
Indicted ex-Ald. Carrie Austin is sucking down more than $114,000 a year in city pension payouts.
Ahead of the new council’s first meeting Wednesday, the Better Government Association offers a citizens’ guide to watching council meetings …
 … which makes this a fun time to travel back 35 years for WXRT News’ United Press International award-winning documentary series, “Chaos in the Council.”

‘Enormous and far-reaching.’ A year after the horrific slaughter at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, Your Local Epidemiologist Katelyn Jetelina gauges the impact of mass shootings.
A series of Associated Press stories exposes the structural racism fueling health care disparities for Black Americans from birth to death.
The executive medical director of Infection Prevention and Control at the University of Chicago Medicine, Emily Landon: “Unmasking in health care in order to ‘give health care workers a break’ … is like saying we are going to provide the best health care 2019 has to offer.”

Nazis in the news. Police have arrested a man who rammed the White House security barrier with a U-Haul truck, which he exited waving a flag bearing a swastika.
Popular Information takes a microscope to the case of a 22-year-old Indigenous woman struck and killed by an SUV driven by a woman whose two children are named “Aryan” and “Nation.”

‘A potential breakthrough.’ That’s how the AP describes a Biden administration-brokered deal among Arizona, Nevada and California to cut their use of water from the withering but essential Colorado River.
Experts tell The Guardian it’s not enough.
The Lever explains why a legendary California burger chain is fighting landmark climate legislation.
An Ohio State University professor says Coca-Cola’s biggest contribution to global warming is its cooling equipment “running around the clock at convenience stores on street corners worldwide.”
The Conversation: More than two dozen cities and states suing Big Oil over climate change have won a boost from the Supreme Court.

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