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Daywatch: Richard Irvin, the mayor, in conflict with Richard Irvin, the candidate for governor

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House Speaker Michael Madigan knew in advance that several lobbyists would send secret, back-channel payments to a top lieutenant he’d ousted in a 2018 sexual harassment scandal, newly unsealed court records disclosed. The revelation undermines the storyline the now-indicted ex-speaker put out when the Tribune first revealed his longtime confidant Michael McClain had lined up friendly utility lobbyists to pay Kevin Quinn thousands of dollars despite his abrupt departure.

In other news:

  • Chicago’s casino plan has moved a step forward.
  • With the U.S. Supreme Court poised to overturn Roe v. Wade, Planned Parenthood of Illinois said it has begun offering abortion pills by mail for state residents who qualify.
  • And Josh Donaldson of the New York Yankees received a one-game suspension for what Major League Baseball described as “inappropriate comments” made to Chicago White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson during Saturday’s game.

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In his bid for the Republican nomination for governor, Richard Irvin has been plagued by inconsistencies between his past actions as Aurora mayor and his statements since hitting the stump. From his views about mandates imposed during the pandemic, Black Lives Matter and gun control to his personal voting history and his opinions about Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker and Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, Mayor Irvin often finds himself in conflict with GOP candidate for governor Irvin.

For his part, Irvin denies any disparities in his positions. “I think I’m consistent the whole time, whether mayor or a candidate running for governor,” Irvin said.

Daywatch: Richard Irvin, the mayor, in conflict with Richard Irvin, the candidate for governor

David Husser was asleep in his Lincoln Park home earlier this month when he awoke to the sound of gunshots. “It sounded like they were right outside my house,” Husser said about the May 6 shooting that left Dakotah Earley, a 23-year-old culinary student, fighting for his life. “I saw a man stand over him and then shoot him again.”

On Monday, Earley’s mother, Joy Dobbs, got to meet Husser for the first time and thank him for not only calling 911, but for also administering first aid and staying with her injured son while they waited for police and an ambulance. The Georgia resident said her son has always been careful and was “the nicest kid” and “so naive.”

Daywatch: Richard Irvin, the mayor, in conflict with Richard Irvin, the candidate for governor

People with long COVID-19 who visited a Northwestern Medicine clinic were still experiencing symptoms such as headaches, dizziness, fatigue and brain fog for a median of 15 months after first falling ill, despite never needing hospitalization, according to a new Northwestern study.

Daywatch: Richard Irvin, the mayor, in conflict with Richard Irvin, the candidate for governor

Willis Tower still dominates Chicago’s skyline 49 years after its construction, but when Blackstone bought it for $1.3 billion in 2015, the iconic structure inspired more awe than affection. “It was an engineering marvel, but it was monolithic, with granite everywhere, so it left a lot to be desired,” said David Moore, senior vice president of EQ Office, a firm wholly owned by Blackstone.

But company officials say a five-year makeover is complete, and a ceremonial ribbon-cutting today will celebrate the transformation of the 110-story building, once the world’s tallest, into what they call a group of neighborhoods, open to workers, nearby residents and the many tourists flocking to its famous observation deck.

Daywatch: Richard Irvin, the mayor, in conflict with Richard Irvin, the candidate for governor

Tribune critic Michael Phillips calls “Top Gun: Maverick” a pretty good time, and often a pretty good movie for the nervous blur we’re in right now. It’s cozy. And it’ll be catnip for those eager to watch Tom Cruise flash That Look.

Daywatch: Richard Irvin, the mayor, in conflict with Richard Irvin, the candidate for governor

Orange Garden, the oldest Chinese restaurant in Chicago, which recently sold its iconic neon sign, and was reportedly selling next year, may not be for sale after all.

“I don’t want to sell,” owner Hui Ruan told the Tribune’s Louisa Chu. He spoke in Cantonese, seated in a booth at the historic dining room in the North Center neighborhood. “I’m 72 years old this year. Before, I didn’t want to work anymore, because of my age, and because I’m tired. But now my kids say they really like this restaurant, so I can’t bear to sell it.”

The kids, an adult son and daughter, now manage the business, perhaps best known for Chinese American classics including egg foo young and Chicago-style peanut butter egg rolls. Ruan’s children, however, don’t want to take over the family restaurant — a new wrinkle in the long disputed history of Orange Garden.

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