Fee frenzy: A Tribune analysis finds athletic programs at Illinois' public universities are largely funded by students.
Smoking cessation: Rahm is urged to ban smoking in city parks and public housing and to slap other tobacco products with higher taxes, the Sun-Times reports.
Pay-to-play? An appeals court reinstates a lawsuit brought by riverboat casinos that claims racetrack owners bribed Blago to sign legislation giving them 3 percent of casino revenue, the State Journal-Register reports.
Board biz: CPS students rally to demand an elected school board, the Sun-Times reports.
Medicaid money: An audit finds Illinois used faulty methods of withdrawing federal Medicaid money, which led to regular overdraws the state struggled to repay, the State Journal-Register reports.
Rahm's race? Rahm's critics struggle to find a worthy opponent in the mayor's race, FOX32 reports.
Defendant DNA: Gov. Quinn signs a new state law that gives defendants who plead guilty to a crime a chance to use DNA evidence to clear their name if that evidence was not available during trial, the Trib reports.
The catch: About 500 jobs are coming to Rockford, but only after taxpayers pay for a $40 million maintenance facility, Crain's reports.
Jobs joust: There is no clear answer on if Illinois' jobs glass is half full or half empty, Crain's Greg Hinz reports.
Wage work: A Tribune poll finds most Chicago voters back a $13 minimum wage.
Caribbean cash: Bruce Rauner's former private equity firm set up investment vehicles in the Cayman Islands while he was the chairman, the Sun-Times reports.
City sale: Chicago is looking to sell three parking lots and a parking garage, the Trib reports.
Parade route: Ald. Tom Tunney surveys residents about moving the Chicago Pride Parade downtown, CBS2 reports.
Law of the land: New laws make it easier to file nursing home complaints and for the state to donate items to a potential Obama library in Illinois, the Trib reports.
Attendance accolades: CPS improved its student attendance records last year, ABC7 reports.
Truancy trouble: Parents, school staff and community members all have a role in fighting truancy, the Daily Herald's editorial board writes.
Fair fall: Attendance at the Illinois State Fair is down 11 percent, and officials blame rain, the Trib reports.