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The Rundown: A progressive dilemma in the mayoral race

Hi! It looks like a lot of Chicagoans will be dressing up as something out of “Stranger Things” this year, according to research data from Google. Here’s what you need to know today.

1. Can Chicago progressives avoid an internal fight in the mayoral race?

Cook County Commissioner Brandon Johnson officially announced today that he will be running for mayor and told the Chicago Sun-Times he will be “the bona fide progressive candidate in this race”.

But several other candidates, like Ald. Also running to the left of Mayor Lori Lightfoot are Sophia King and State Rep. Kam Buckner.

And a big name in progressive politics looms large in the mayoral race — U.S. Representative Jesús “Chuy” García, who will likely make a decision after the Nov. 8 midterm elections.

Johnson has said he won’t step down if García enters the race, and King has previously said she wouldn’t be “bullied” into stepping down, my colleague Fran Spielman reports.

But if García steps in, it “completely changes the dynamic,” said veteran political strategist Victor Reyes.

“I guess CTU and many other progressive entities that have supported Chuy in the past should rethink their position,” he said, noting that García has a lot more recognition than Johnson. [Sun-Times]

2. Another domestic violence allegation surfaces against an Illinois lawmaker facing calls to resign

State Senator Michael Hastings, once a rising star in Illinois politics, was accused last year by his ex-wife of physically assaulting her in front of their children, according to an unsealed divorce filing obtained by Dan Mihalopoulos of WBEZ.

Hastings has not been charged with any crime and a spokesperson said the state senator denies all charges in the divorce case.

So far, Hastings’ comments on the allegations have not been enough to sway fellow Democrats.

Gov. JB Pritzker last month called on Hastings to resign after WBEZ reported the ex-wife told police in 2020 that she was choked by her then-husband and ‘slammed’ into ‘a door several times,” according to a police report.

The allegations came to light after Illinois taxpayers spent nearly $150,000 on a settlement and court costs in a civil discrimination case filed against Hastings by a former aide. [WBEZ]

3. Has Kanye West reached the end of the road?

Kanye West has been no stranger to controversy over the years. But his recent anti-Semitic and offensive remarks may be too much to overcome as his business empire crumbles, reports The Washington Post.

“Since debuting a ‘White Lives Matter’ t-shirt at her Paris Fashion Week show in early October, Ye’s latest extended public outburst has caused rifts that may never be undone,” the newspaper reports. . [WaPo]

The backlash against West, who now goes by Ye, has shown how ready companies are to tolerate celebrities, with Adidas, fashion house Balenciaga and others severing ties with the entertainer in recent days.

But West hasn’t faced the same level of criticism for anti-Black comments he’s made in the past, such as telling TMZ in 2018 that slavery was “a choice,” writes researcher and researcher Aisha Powell. professor of culture and race at Morgan State University. in Baltimore.

“The reality in America is that anti-blackness is not only accepted, but it has never been cause for significant repercussions other than short-term outrage from some members of the public and pro-black organizations. ‘future,’ writes Powell. [WBEZ]

4. The economy grew over the summer, but economists are still bracing for a recession

The U.S. economy grew at an annual rate of 2.6% in the third quarter which covers the months of July, August and September, the Commerce Department announced today.

Normally that would be great news, but many economists view the increase as a one-time increase and not growth that will continue.

Many forecasters are expecting a recession in the coming year as the Federal Reserve essentially tries to slow the economy as it tries to rein in stubbornly high inflation.

And it may take luck to avoid an economic slowdown, said Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody’s Analytics.

“We need to take a break,” he told NPR. “We were quite unlucky. We have been affected by a global pandemic, which continues to wreak havoc in many parts of the world. And the Russian invasion of Ukraine, which wasn’t even on the radar screen a year ago. [NPR]

5. A Chicago suburb with lots of spooky stuff

I can’t help but laugh at this description of the northwest suburb of Barrington.

“His past includes mysterious accidents, desecrated graves, sketchy hideouts and the burned torso of a mob pigeon,” Jeff Ruby reports for WBEZ.

“Residents going about their business on the Northwest Highway near Cuba Road take the same stretch where Baby Face Nelson, on his way home to Barrington in 1934, fought a bloody machine gun battle that cost him his life – and the lives of two bureau agents.

Ruby focuses on a location in this quaint-sounding suburb: a decaying house at 92 Rainbow Road that has lured teenagers with its legends and lore. [WBEZ]

Here’s what else is going on

  • Illinois student test scores remain well below pre-pandemic levels in reading and math. [WBEZ]
  • Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart wants more restrictions for people under electronic surveillance. [WBEZ]
  • Here’s why it’s okay if we don’t know the results on election night. [AP]
  • This week’s episode of WBEZ Manufacturing examines the life of civil rights leader Jesse Jackson. [WBEZ]

Oh, and one more thing…

The Miss Universe contest is now owned by a Thai media mogul and transgender activist.

Chakrapong “Anne” Chakrajutathib, a Thai celebrity who openly says she is a transgender woman, has bought the Miss Universe organization for $20 million, reports the Associated Press.

Chakrajutathib said the purchase was “a strong strategic addition” for his company, JKN Global Group, which produces TV shows in Thailand.

“We not only seek to continue its legacy of providing a platform for passionate people from diverse backgrounds, cultures and traditions, but also to evolve the brand for the next generation,” she said. in a press release. [AP]

Tell me something good…

There’s a lot going on in the world right now. So I’d like to know: What was an act of kindness that really lifted your spirits?

Erin Meilinger writes:

“That was years before the I-Passes. Driving to and from family gatherings on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, my mother always carried large oversized candy canes in the car and gave them to the person working the toll booth, and she always paid for the car behind we.

“As children we always craned our necks looking back trying to see the surprised faces. It was something we looked forward to every year. »

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