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richard m daley flickrDaley dollars: Chicago taxpayers have paid more than $6 million in legal fees to fight three City Hall scandals that benefited friends and family of the Daleys, the Sun-Times reports. 

Polls open: Early voting begins today, CBS2 reports. 

Candidate capsules: The Tribune features profiles of Bruce Rauner and Gov. Quinn.  

Debate day: The final debate between Gov. Quinn and Bruce Rauner takes place tonight, the Daily Herald reports. 

Budget blunders: The Trib's editorial board says Gov. Quinn and legislators have booby-trapped the state budget. 

Rauner vs. reporter: The Rauner campaign may have interfered with a Sun-Times reporter's job after he wrote a story the candidate didn't like, Crain's reports. 

Coverage cover: The Sun-Times says its reporting is fair and allegations from the Rauner campaign are baseless. 

POTUS pump: President Obama campaigns at Chicago State University for Gov. Quinn, the Daily Herald reports. 

Clinton campaigning: Former President Bill Clinton will visit a Chicago manufacturing plan to campaign for Gov. Quinn, the State Journal-Register reports. 

School scratch: Funding for K-12 education in Illinois has fallen 9 percent since 2008, the Sun-Times reports. 

Strike zone: Waukegan teachers head into the third week of their strike, ABC7 reports. 

Nurse needs: University of Illinois at Chicago hospital nurses plan to strike Tuesday, ABC7 reports. 

Project plans: Rahm touts a $23.5 million affordable housing complex for homeless veterans, NBC5 reports. 

Clinics cleared: Three medical marijuana clinics clear Chicago zoning hurdles but still need state licenses, the Trib reports. 

Closed for construction: The CTA Blue Line station at Damen is closed until Dec. 22 for renovation, ABC7 reports. 

Landmark location: State and local officials will dedicate a historic landmark at the site of a former Civil War training facility on the South Side, the Sun-Times reports. 

metra station people BGAphotoSafety slam: The Federal Railroad Administration slams Metra's safety practices, Crain's reports. 

Speed slump: Chicago speed cameras have caught far fewer leadfoots than expected, CBS2 reports. 

Jail jam: The Sun-Times' editorial board gives suggestions on how to cut the Cook County Jail population.  

Law limit: A legislative panel will discuss how a proposed eavesdropping law would affect the use of police body cameras, the State Journal-Register reports. 

Judging judges: The Chicago Council of Lawyers releases a report on which Cook County judges are qualified to hold onto their offices.

Conference commitment: Microsoft's Ignite conference will come to Chicago in May, NBC5 reports. 

Poll patrol: Early voting begins Monday for the Nov. 4 election, ABC7 reports. 

Paid in part: A report that dinged Chicago charter school performance was funded in part by the Chicago Teachers Union, Crain's reports. 

Preparedness proclamation: Rahm calls an emergency meeting to discuss the city's preparedness for Ebola, should people here become ill, CBS2 reports. 

Mask matters: The Chicago firefighters union sounds the alarm about the lack of fit-testing on masks meant to protect workers, the Sun-Times reports. 

Prison for pushing: A Chicago cop gets three years in prison for shoving an elderly man who fell and broke his hip, the Sun-Times reports. 

Ticket talk: A parking enforcement aide is suspended after threatening to ticket Chicago cops' personal vehicles in retaliation for an "unfair" ticket given to a coworker, the Sun-Times reports. 

MediPot possibilities: On the list of people seeking to distribute medical marijuana in Chicago: a strip club owner, a former Clinton White House aide and brothers who own a bar and video game arcade, the Trib reports. 

Drug decisions: DuPage County officials say the heroin overdose drug carried by law enforcement saved 25 lives in the first year of use, the Trib reports. 

School strike: The teachers' strike continues in Waukegan, the Trib reports. 

Suit up: Landowners in Southern Illinois sue the state for delaying hydraulic fracturing, the State Journal-Register reports. 

Screenings start: Fever screenings begin at O'Hare today, ABC7 reports. 

Center consideration: Rush University Medical Center is being considered as an Ebola treatment center, the Sun-Times reports. 

Pension pothole: The 2015 Chicago budget puts off pension questions until after the city elections, the Trib reports. 

Property tax time: The Sun-Times' editorial board says what Rahm and City Council won't: the city has an enormous pension bill to pay, and raising property taxes will most likely be part of the answer. 

Aggressive AG? The Tribune's editorial board dings Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan for not aggressively going after public corruption. 

Fund flip flop: Rahm opens the door to a reparations fund for victims of disgraced Chicago Police Cmdr. Jon Burge, the Sun-Times reports. 

Campaign cash: The governor's race has broken records for the amount of money raised: $58 million, CBS2 reports. 

Winter wage work: Rahm promises an increase in the minimum wage "this winter," Crain's reports. 

City Hall or bust: Rahm says he would serve out a second term, if elected, Crain's reports. 

Camera calls: Rahm doesn't rule out refunding red light tickets in cases where yellow lights were 2.9 seconds long, the Trib reports. 

Suit up: A New Jersey company is suing CTA and Cubic Corporation for copyright infringement over the Ventra technology, the Sun-Times reports. 

Worker worries: A contractor sues the Public Building Commission of Chicago, claiming the city knew of asbestos in a New West Side police department but did not alert construction workers, the Sun-Times reports. 

Support statement: Karen Lewis thanks her supporters and asks for privacy as she fights cancer, ABC7 reports. 

Money management: As Rahm prepares to make critical decisions about O'Hare's carriers, his campaign gets $125,000 from employees of American and United Airlines, the Sun-Times reports. 

Metra money: In the face of a fare hike, riders complain Metra conductors don't always check tickets, the Trib reports. 

Weapons to wearables? Guns seized by the Cook County Sheriff may soon be melted down, turned into jewelry and sold to benefit a Chicago anti-violence program, the Trib reports. 

Weapon work: Gov. Quinn, along with victims of violent crime, pushes for a ban on assault weapons, the State Journal-Register reports. 

Student body: White students no longer comprise the majority of Illinois public school, students and more than half of students are considered low-income, the Sun-Times reports. 

Illinois injunction: University of Illinois' Board of Trustees seeks an injunction to stop nurses from striking, the Sun-Times reports. 

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