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taxi BGAphotoTaxi talk: Taxi drivers strike today to send a message to Rahm about ride sharing, FOX32 reports. 

Budget biz: Gov. Rauner tries to put pressure on Democrats for a budget deal, the AP reports. 

Student summary: Without a budget, financial aid for state college students could dry up by Jan. 1, CBS2 reports. 

Reform report: The BGA highlights Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle's efforts to reform juvenile criminal justice. 

Mayor's meetings: Gun control and funding to revamp Union Station are tops for Rahm as he heads to D.C., Crain's reports. 

Improperly issued: A Tribune report finds College of DuPage improperly received state funds for students. 

Ailments approved: A panel approves eight new ailments for medical marijuana in Illinois, the State Journal-Register reports.

MediPot patients: Illinois approves 3,100 medical marijuana patients, the AP reports. 

Overeager agency? The Tribune's editorial board chastises the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services for a two-year legal battle with a woman who let her children play at the park next to her home while she watched out a window. 

Peddlers punted: A judge upholds a city ordinance preventing vendors from selling wares on sidewalks outside Wrigley Field, Crain's reports. 

Chi Police 1Superintendent support: Rahm says he's standing behind CPD Supt. Garry McCarthy, the Sun-Times reports. 

Firing squad: Aldermen want to fire the police chief but offer few ideas of their own to fight Chicago's violence, the Trib's editorial board writes. 

Problematic promotion? Promoting a cop who is being investigated is a slap in the face to Chicago, the Sun-Times' editorial board writes. 

Suit settled: South suburban Lynwood pays out $500,000 to a prisoner who, while handcuffed, was slugged by an officer in an incident caught on tape, the BGA reports. 

Covering the cost: The Daily Herald questions how much the investigation into Fox Lake police Lt. Charles Joseph Gliniewicz's death is costing taxpayers. 

Rep recommendation: A bipartisan legislative panel recommends state Rep. Frank Mautino for auditor general, the State Journal-Register reports. 

MediPot matters: A panel meets to discuss adding eight more ailments to the list of those that can be treated with medical marijuana in Illinois, the AP reports. 

Camera calls: A judge hears arguments on a new lawsuit alleging Chicago didn't have proper authority to start the red light camera program, CBS2 reports. 

Tax talk: A Tribune analysis finds Rahm's planned property tax plan could hurt small businesses and many renters.

Recovery report: A study finds Chicago's fiscal recovery from the Great Recession was worse than any other large American city except Detroit, Crain's reports. 

garry_mccarthyFeet to the fire: City Council's Black Caucus calls for the firing of Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy, NBC5 reports. 

Police promotion: Chicago's top cop Garry McCarthy promotes an officer under investigation in the Koschman case, the Sun-Times reports. 

Water works: The Sun-Times' editorial board urges the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District to hire an independent inspector general. 

Smart Streamlining: The Daily Herald's editorial board encourages streamlining of government and applauds DuPage County's efforts. 

Grip on guns: Rev. Jesse Jackson wants President Obama to hold a national summit on gun violence in Chicago, CBS2 reports. 

Police power: Chicago Police Cmdr. Glenn Evans will go on trial for his tough tactics, including allegedly shoving a gun down a suspect's throat, the AP reports. 

Cop control: The Independent Police Review Authority boss defends suspending cops allegedly verbally and physically abusing a tanning salon manager, the Sun-Times reports. 

Empty seats: Chicago schools seeing enrollment declines will lose some funding, the Trib reports. 

Testing trouble: The Illinois Department of Public Health discontinues testing of sexually transmitted infections, citing a lack of money and manpower, the Trib reports. 

Taste talk: This year's Taste of Chicago brought in $320,000, which is better than last year's loss, FOX32 reports. 

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