That was a warm and balmy November night in Grant Park — which in itself should have told you something: the shirtsleeves-in-November feeling had a when-pigs-fly quality to it — but this week there is sleet and wind and snow, a Chicago December week fit for neither man nor beast, which is to say: the usual, the expected. And in the federal courthouse just a few blocks from the Grant Park scene of civic pride and celebration, the weather had changed in more than the meteorological sense.

If you haven’t guessed (not that hard… it’s really, uniquely purple) what sort-of-disgraced former Chicago columnist wrote that, click through (h/t Liz).