Hey there! It’s “Chicagohenge” time — when the sun rises and sets perfectly with the Loop’s grid. Here’s what you need to know today.
A school board in northwest suburban Barrington last night narrowly voted against removing two books tackling LGBTQ issues from a high school library, reports my colleague Susie An.
Brian Prigge, a parent who attended the board meeting, said it was not lost on him that these books were being considered for removal during national Banned Books Week.
“What we’re talking about is whether or not our LGBTQ youth should be represented in our library, and whether they should have access to materials that they can identify with,” he said. “The theme among these books is that they all deal with LGBTQ issues.”
Book bans across the nation have accelerated, with more than 1,600 titles banned last school year, according to the group PEN America, which advocates for freedom of expression.
“Illinois logged up to 10 book bans, far behind Texas and Florida that saw the greatest number of bans, between 500 and 1,000,” An reports. [WBEZ]
New York Attorney General Letitia James today filed a lawsuit accusing former President Donald Trump and his company of fraudulently overvaluing their assets by billions of dollars in an effort to deceive lenders and insurance brokers into giving them better rates.
“The complaint demonstrates that Donald Trump falsely inflated his net worth by billions of dollars to unjustly enrich himself, to cheat the system,” James said at a press conference.
The lawsuit is the result of a three-year civil investigation of Trump and the Trump Organization. Trump’s three eldest children — Donald Trump Jr., Ivanka Trump and Eric Trump — are also named as defendants.
James is seeking roughly $250 million in penalties and barring the Trumps from operating businesses in New York state. [NPR]
The Chicago City Council today approved a measure aimed at strengthen abortion protections in the city.
“Residents of Indiana and other states descending on Chicago for the abortions and ‘gender-affirming’ care outlawed in their home states can soon rest assured they will not be further victimized by becoming targets of investigation,” reports my colleague Fran Spielman.
The ordinance bars Chicago police officers and other city workers from cooperating with out-of-state investigations into patients seeking abortions.
Mayor Lori Lightfoot signed an executive order two months ago that has those same protections, but supporters worried it was vulnerable to a potential legal challenge. Today’s ordinance codifies and replaces that order. [Chicago Sun-Times]
In what may not be terribly surprising for anyone who took a plane this summer, both of Chicago’s airports ranked below average for customer satisfaction, according to a study released today.
The J.D. Power 2022 North America Airport Satisfaction Study found that passengers across the nation were unhappy amid rising prices and waves of delays and cancellations due to labor shortages.
The dips for O’Hare and Midway also came as both airports reported increases in passengers.
As the Chicago Tribune reports, O’Hare saw more than 6.6 million passengers in July, an 11% increase compared to the same time last year. Midway saw an 18% increase with 2.1 million passengers. [Chicago Tribune]
This season is particularly booming because dry weather conditions resulted in robust fruit crops, reports Kerry Cardoza for WBEZ.
“We’ve had extreme heat and heavy storms, but we’ve been blessed with a pretty big crop this year, so we’ll take that,” said Joe Fahey, the owner and orchardist at Peck & Bushel Organic Fruit Company in Colgate, Wisconsin, just north of Milwaukee.
Cardoza created a nice guide for orchards near Chicago that are worth your time. It includes Curtis Orchard in Champaign, which boasts growing nearly 30 varieties of apples. [WBEZ]
Here’s what else is happening
- President Joe Biden said Russia “shamelessly violated the core tenets” of the United Nations with its war in Ukraine. [AP]
- The Federal Reserve again raised interest rates as it battles inflation. [NPR]
- Michelle Obama will stop by the Chicago Theatre in December for her book tour. [Chicago Sun-Times]
- Two of baseball’s biggest stars are closing in on major home run marks. [NPR]
Oh, and one more thing …
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: If I won $1.34 billion, I’d buy the naming rights and bring back the Sears Tower and Comiskey Park.
I mention it because two people who bought winning lottery tickets at a Des Plaines Speedway have come forward to claim their $1.34 billion prize, reports the Chicago Sun-Times.
It is the third-largest jackpot in U.S. history, according to the Illinois Lottery.
“I’ve been working for the Illinois Lottery for over five years, and this is by far the largest prize I’ve ever had to process. When we met with the winners’ lawyers, there was a real buzz of excitement in the room,” Illinois Lottery Claims Manager Luis Rodriguez said in a statement. [Sun-Times]
Tell me something good …
What are you looking forward to doing this fall?
Paul Lockwood writes:
“This fall, I’m looking forward to acting on stage in a community theater production for the first time in three years — in a new adaptation of A Christmas Carol at the Woodstock Opera House that features Elizabeth Scrooge! It should be well worth seeing!”
And Art writes:
“I’m looking forward to fall golf. After the temps dip below 60, many golfers hang up their clubs, but it’s the perfect time to play. The trees and water plants are spectacular, it’s very comfortable to walk the course without getting overheated, and it’s easy to get a tee time.”
Feel free to email or tweet me, and your response might be shared in the newsletter this week.