Daywatch: In Chicago, British Foreign Secretary says Putin made ‘strategic mistake’ | The FBI acquires printout of Michael Madigan deposit

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Russian President Vladimir Putin made a major “strategic mistake” in believing that his invasion of Ukraine would fragment Western democracies, the British Foreign Secretary for Europe and North America said in Chicago this week. Instead, said Secretary of State James Cleverly, Putin saw the NATO alliance and allied countries unite against Russian aggression in a sign of democracy’s resilience.

“Democracy is a mess. Democracy is messy, and for an autocratic leader like Putin, it probably always looks like it’s on the verge of collapse, “Cleverly, the British equivalent of the US Secretary of State, said in an interview with the Tribune in Chicago.

In Ukraine, the flagship of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet sank, a guided missile cruiser that became a potent target for Ukrainians despite the opening days of the war, after being badly damaged in the recent setback for the Moscow invasion.

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The FBI acquires transcript of Michael Madigan deposit and the former speaker answers questions under oath in a civil case

The FBI has acquired sworn clarifications given by accused ex-speaker Michael Madigan and his former chief of staff more than three years ago in a lawsuit accusing Madigan’s campaign organization of supporting fake candidates.

The move represents a new development in the extensive case that federal authorities brought against Madigan last month. Federal authorities made the request for the transcripts last month, attorney Anthony Peraica said, just days after the Chicago Tribune posted a video of the Madigan landfill, the only one Madigan said he ever gave.

Hundreds of birds found dead, probably from bird flu, at Baker’s Lake near Barrington

Bird flu has probably killed hundreds of cormorants breeding at Baker’s Lake near Barrington. Wildlife biologist Chris Anchor said this is the largest outbreak of disease in wild birds he has seen in Cook County.

“I’ve never seen anything like it since I started working here 41 years ago,” said Anchor, of the Forest Preserve District of Cook County. “It’s likely to happen elsewhere, and we are not aware of that because no one is looking.”

Flashback: Chicago remains a ‘skyscraper city’, but two early examples may be approaching a date with the devastating bullet

Should a devastating bullet hit the Century Building at 202 S. State St., writes Tribune’s Ron Grossman, there will be a bittersweet moment in which modern architecture’s debt to Chicago is clearly revealed.

The falling bricks will reveal the underlying structure of the 16-storey, Holabird and Roche-designed building: a lacing of steel beams and columns. The masonry only had the task of shielding the residents from the heat and rain of summer, the cold and snow of winter.

This combination of metal frame and curtain walls has produced countless skyscrapers around the world – after being developed and elaborated in Chicago’s studios. Nineteenth-century Chicago citizens were immensely proud of it.

NBA Finals: 3 Keys for the Bulls vs. Bucks, Including Slower Giannis Antetokounmpo

Beating the reigning NBA champions is never an easy task. The Chicago Bulls do not have an easy road to a playoff victory in the first round against the Milwaukee Bucks. After winning 0-4 in the season series, the Bulls hope to reverse the pattern in the off-season.

Here are three keys for the Bulls as they prepare for Game 1 on Sunday in Milwaukee.

A gorilla in the Lincoln Park Zoo gets too much screen time

Officials at Lincoln Park Zoo say the male gorilla Amare, 16, like many human teens, has been given too much screen time. Not on his phone, of course; he is obsessed with visitors’ phones through the glass in his enclosure at the Regenstein Center for African Apes.

Here’s how zoo officials encourage Amare to spend more time with her other monkeys.

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