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patquinn600x450cc20MediPot miss: Documents show former Gov. Quinn had received recommendations on medical marijuana businesses but didn't act on them, NBC5 reports. 

Making the grade? WBEZ grades Rahm Emanuel's first term in office in terms of jobs, public safety, education and open government. 

Campaign cash: The Sun-Times finds roughly 5 percent of Rahm's $30 million war chest came from developers and people who do business with City Hall. 

Lotto lawyering: Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan blocks the agreement terminating the relationship with the state lottery vendor, the State Journal-Register reports. 

Merge measure: City Council should merge the office of its inspector general with the office headed by Joe Ferguson, the Sun-Times' editorial board writes. 

Ghost goodbye: Former Gov. Quinn left office before penning a customary farewell address, the State Journal-Register reports. 

Popular program: More than 85,000 temporary Illinois driver's licenses have been distributed to people living in the U.S. illegally, the State Journal-Register reports. 

Exit error: By giving the school's president a golden parachute, the College of DuPage board shows it's insiders that matter, not taxpayers, the Trib's editorial board writes. 

Bucks for bridges: The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning launches interactive online maps showing the quality of transportation infrastructure to make the case for upgrades, the Trib reports. 

Behind bars: Nearly 1,250 Illinois inmates are kept in prison past their release date due to lack of suitable housing, the Trib reports. 

red light photo sign200pxCamera clip: State Rep. David McSweeney proposes a statewide ban on red light cameras, the Trib reports. 

Pedal to the metal: It's time to green-light red light camera reforms, the Sun-Times' editorial board writes. 

Golden parachute: The College of DuPage board offers a $762,000 severance deal for its president when he retires in 2016, the Daily Herald reports. 

District dump: Crain's Joe Cahill questions why Chicago even has a park district if it doesn't act independently. 

Complaints culled: Metra sees far fewer complaints than this time a year ago, WBBM Newsradio reports. 

Transit talk: The RTA says Pace, Metra and the CTA need $36.4 billion in infrastructure upgrades over the next 10 years, WBBM Newsradio reports. 

Pay pump: Chicago needs to offer top pay to an airport boss if it expects its airports to be internationally competitive, the Sun-Times' editorial board writes. 

Cabinet calls: Former Hawaii Gov. Linda Lingle is appointed as Gov. Rauner's chief operating officer, NBC5 reports. 

Suggesting solutions: Gov. Rauner mentions Illinois' "mass deterioration" but still offers no solutions, the Trib reports. 

Year one: Among Gov. Rauner's first-year priorities: cutting property taxes, Medicaid spending and state workers' salaries and benefits, the State Journal-Register reports. 

Crunch time: The Illinois Supreme Court denies more time for lawyers representing state workers and retirees to submit a response in the pension reform case, the State Journal-Register reports. 

Federal action: The Justice Department explores involvement in the violence at Illinois youth treatment centers, the Trib reports. 

Premium policy: State retirees will soon receive a letter regarding the insurance premium settlement, the State Journal-Register reports. 

Convict clemency: The State Journal-Register's editorial board advocates granting clemency to Randy Steidl, who was wrongfully convicted of a double murder. 

Bowing out: The retired Marine who oversaw Chicago school closings is leaving the district, the Sun-Times reports. 

Race report: Mayoral challenger Willie Wilson questions Rahm's vote-by-mail campaign, ABC7 reports. 

Day decision: CPS schedules cold makeup days for January and June, the Sun-Times reports. 

school bus BGAphoto470x290Closing calls: A study finds nearly all of the students who were displaced by CPS school closings ended up in a school rated better academically, but about a third were only marginally better, CBS2 reports. 

Result report: Results from CPS school closures are good to mixed, the Trib's editorial board writes. 

Library location: Rahm defends his decision to replace five of the 21 acres of park land that would be taken by the Obama library, the Sun-Times reports. 

Camera consideration: Chicago aldermen propose having public hearings before each new red light camera is installed, WBBM Newsradio reports. 

Money matters: Gov. Rauner exempts the Illinois Tollway from the state spending freeze, Crain's reports. 

Grip on gambling: Reality doesn't support expanding gambling, the Daily Herald's editorial board writes.

Chairman chatter: Crain's Greg Hinz reviews Chris Kennedy's tenure as University of Illinois board chair. 

Finance feature: Gov. Rauner said he was establishing a "blind trust" to eliminate conflicts of interest with his finances, but he didn't and likely couldn't because of state law, the Trib reports. 

School spending: State Board of Education chair Rev. James Meeks backs a 10.7 percent school spending increase, the Trib reports. 

Bill backer: State Sen. Andy Manar is revamping the school funding overhaul bill, the State Journal-Register reports. 

Pressing pause: Lawyers contesting the Illinois pension reform law ask for more time, the State Journal-Register reports.

Test take: Administering the PARCC test to all CPS students can wait a year, the Sun-Times' editorial board writes. 

Dollar dish: Public schools are getting private support to stay afloat, the State Journal-Register's editorial board writes. 

Surplus spending: Housing activists want the Chicago Housing Authority to spend its $440 million surplus to fight homelessness, the Sun-Times reports. 

Crash comment: Gov. Rauner is unhurt after a vehicle accident involving his motorcade, NBC5 reports. 

Practice plan: Rahm supports the Blackhawks' plans for a large practice facility near the United Center, Crain's reports. 

Suit up: Lawyers for the city defend Chicago's law against allowing women to go topless in public, the Trib reports. 

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