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The Rundown: It could feel very hot tomorrow

Good afternoon! It’s Tuesday, and I have a lot of questions about one specific room in this Lincolnwood house posted on Zillow. You’ll know it when you see it, and then you won’t be able to unsee it. Here’s what you need to know today.

1. It could feel like 105 degrees tomorrow in the Chicago area as a heat wave moves across the U.S.

While tomorrow’s high could hit the mid-90s, dangerously high humidity could make it feel more like 105 degrees, reports Chicago-area weather expert Tom Skilling at WGN.

Skilling also reports strong thunderstorms may be in the works tomorrow and we could see “drenching rainfall raising the potential for some flash flooding.” [WGN]

The news comes as a prolonged heat wave hits large parts of the nation, affecting 43 million Americans.

“Few regions will be spared as the heat expands into different areas each day, scorching the Northern Rockies on Monday, the central states Tuesday and Wednesday, and the Northeast by Thursday,” reports The Washington Post. [WaPo]

2. As Illinois declares monkeypox a public health emergency, the U.S. may go three months before getting more vaccines

The U.S. may not get any more monkeypox vaccine doses until October at the earliest, raising significant questions about the nation’s ability to contain the virus at a time when the number of cases is doubling every week or so, reports The Washington Post.

“There are not enough shots” to rely solely on the two-dose Jynneos vaccine, a federal official working on the monkeypox response told the Post.

Health experts and scientists are worried the virus could start to show up in rodents and other small animals, which have caused outbreaks in Central and Western Africa, and make monkeypox more difficult to eradicate in the U.S.

And there are also concerns the virus, which has been mostly reported in men who have sex with other men, will spread to other populations and increase demand for the already limited number of available vaccine doses. [Washington Post]

3. Darren Bailey faces criticism for saying the Holocaust ‘doesn’t even compare’ to abortions

State Sen. Darren Bailey, the GOP nominee for governor, compared the Holocaust to abortion in a 2017 video posted on Facebook, reports Forward.

“The attempted extermination of the Jews of World War II doesn’t even compare on a shadow of the life that has been lost with abortion since its legalization,” Bailey said.

Bailey’s campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Forward. [Forward]

Gov. JB Pritzker today denounced Bailey’s comments as “antisemitic and disqualifying.”

“Darren Bailey’s disgusting assertion that a woman determining her own reproductive future is worse than the Nazis’ genocide of 6 million Jews is offensive to Illinoisans everywhere,” the governor said in a statement. [Capitol Fax]

4. A DNA test and other evidence cast doubt on the conviction in the Starved Rock killer case, a lawyer says

An attorney for Chester Weger told a judge this week that testing on a hair found on one of the victims developed a DNA profile that didn’t match his client, reports my colleague Frank Main at the Chicago Sun-Times.

“I’m making the case this exonerates him,” said Weger’s attorney, Andrew Hale. “And when you take it with all the other evidence, for sure it exonerates him.”

Weger, 83, confessed to killing three suburban women in 1960 at Starved Rock State Park. But he recanted and maintains his innocence.

Weger had worked at a lodge where the women were staying. All of the women were on vacation at the state park and hiking when they were found dead. [Chicago Sun-Times]

5. How Chicago’s youngest workers are handling inflation

“They entered the workforce in a pandemic and are staring down a 40-year inflationary high, with rising prices on everything from groceries to rent,” writes reporter Sandra Guy for WBEZ.

Guy interviewed five young Chicago professionals to understand their tradeoffs and transformative decisions of the moment.

The Gen Zers had one thing in common: They saw a need for more straight talk about money and budgeting.

“It shouldn’t be so stigmatized when talking about money,” said Anna Lee, a 23-year-old part-time social media assistant. “Since we’re all winging it, why don’t we wing it together and talk about what has and hasn’t worked for us? What’s the best way we can get ourselves out of this student debt? And be more aware of our expenses?” [WBEZ]

Here’s what else is happening

  • Here’s a look at key races in today’s primary elections in Arizona, Michigan, Missouri, Kansas and Washington. [NPR]
  • The Indiana House today proposed new changes to abortion restrictions approved by the Senate, such as loosening limits on abortions in cases of rape and incest. [AP]
  • The founder of a celebrated charter school network in Chicago resigned amid financial turmoil. [WBEZ]
  • RIP JoJo the silverback gorilla. [Chicago Sun-Times]

Oh, and one more thing …

As I mentioned last week, Chicago actor Theo Germaine stars in Peacock’s upcoming slasher film They/Them, which takes place in an LGBTQ conversion camp.

You might recognize Germaine from Netflix’s The Politician or Showtime’s Work in Progress. In They/Them, Germaine plays a nonbinary teen who is sent to the camp by their strict parents.

Anyway, Germaine recently talked to the Chicago Tribune’s Nina Metz for the “worst moment” series, and they discussed the anxiety they had as an understudy in the Chicago theater scene.

“I could get all the lines correct or I could get all the physical actions right — but I couldn’t do both at the same time,” Germaine said. [Chicago Tribune]

Tell me something good ...

I finally saw Jordan Peele’s Nope, and I’d like to know what is a scary movie, TV or book that really got you?

Joyce Miller-Bean writes:

“As a constant and eclectic reader, I have loved ghost stories above any other genre since my Dad and Mom gave me a child’s version of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow when I was nine. In all my subsequent years of reading ghostly lore, THE scariest novel I’ve read is Peter Straub’s Ghost Story.

“I’m not alone in my high praise of Straub’s masterpiece. None other than Stephen King described Ghost Story as, ‘One of the finest horror novels of the late 20th century’: and I very much agree.”

Julie McGovern tweets:

“The original Godzilla. When I was a kid I went to day camp in the city, and when it rained, we always ended up watching a movie. What better movie for 8-year-olds than Godzilla! I had nightmares for years & 50 years later Godzilla still shows up in my dreams now & then.”

And Laura writes:

“When I was 6-years-old I watched the original IT television miniseries. I was petrified of going to the bathroom and having to use the sink. My mom was so mad at my dad for letting me watch it that she forced me to use the sink so I wouldn’t develop a phobia. It worked, but to this day I sometimes worry blood, or a voice, will appear.”

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