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red light photo sign200pxCamera controversy: Chuy pledges to rip down red light cameras if elected, but Rahm says the program just needs to be tweaked to include countdown clocks, NBC5 reports. 

Crime calls: The Sun-Times' editorial board asks which mayoral candidate will be Chicago's gun control champion. 

Rahm's rage? Mental health activists say Rahm screamed at them behind closed doors, NBC5 reports. 

Noisy neighbors: More than 100,000 votes for mayor in play in five wards are affected by O'Hare noise, the Sun-Times reports. 

Suit up: Unions sue to block Gov. Rauner's executive order that "fair share" dues will be withheld, the State Journal-Register reports. 

Budget blitz: Gov. Rauner's budget would cut help to older foster youth, the Trib reports. 

Salary slam: Senate Democrats criticize salaries in Gov. Rauner's office, including $198,000 paid to his deputy governor, the State Journal-Register reports. 

Debt downgrade: Moody's downgrades the Chicago Park District's debt rating, the Trib reports. 

Ride report: Despite record rail usage, a decline in bus rides means CTA ridership fell 3 percent last year, the Sun-Times reports. 

Tax break talk: Democratic legislators seek to increase the state's earned income tax credit, the State Journal-Register reports. 

Sign of the times: A federal court-appointed monitor says she wants to sign off on all political hires, promotions and transfers within IDOT, the Sun-Times reports. 

Police plan: Rahm calls Chuy's plan to hire 1,000 more police officers "fairy dust," NBC5 reports. 

Get real: Crain's Greg Hinz outlines the issues Rahm and Chuy need to discuss with Chicago taxpayers. 

Runoff registration: The Sun-Times reminds Chicagoans they can still register to vote in the runoff. 

Swap savings: Chicago renegotiates the terms of interest-rate swap agreements to save $20 million, the Trib reports. 

Infrastructure issue: Transportation advocates want to overhaul the state gas tax to fund fixes to Illinois roads, the Trib reports. 

Test talk: Two top-rated North Side schools encourage parents to opt their children out of PARCC testing, the Sun-Times reports. 

Exam implementation: The difficulties of implementing the PARCC exam shouldn't nullify the test or the concept behind it, the Daily Herald's editorial board writes. 

Seal team: CPS rolls out its "Seal of Biliteracy" program that will acknowledge students proficient in more than one language, FOX32 reports. 

Big bucks: The conservative watchdog group Taxpayers United says more than a dozen Lake County retirees collect more than $200,000 per year in pension payments and another 900 retirees collect more than $100,000, CBS2 reports. 

Mayor_Rahm_Emanuel_City_Council_BGAphotoAd assertion: In a new campaign ad, Rahm admits he "can rub people the wrong way," NBC5 reports.

Real race: The Sun-Times' editorial board says it's time for Chuy to take a brave stand on real issues. 

Camera connections: An International Business Times report shows Rahm has deep ties to a lobbyist for Chicago's red light camera company. 

Budget biz: A Daily Herald analysis finds Gov. Rauner's budget plan could cost suburbs 25 percent of their reserves. 

Money management: A Senate budget committee approves a plan that allows money to be taken from special state funds to plug holes in the current state budget, the State Journal-Register reports. 

Suit up: A new lawsuit alleges the Chicago Police Department takes too long to turn over police misconduct records, the Sun-Times reports. 

Museum matters: The Bay Area is making a push for the George Lucas museum, the Sun-Times reports. 

Construction calls: Twice the city denies extended work hours for the Cubs to finish renovations to Wrigley Field, the Trib's editorial board writes. 

Race recount: Ald. Deb Mell's opponent in the 33rd ward race calls for a recount, NBC5 reports. 

Panel plans: Gov. Rauner names 28 people to a panel tasked with reviewing criminal justice and sentencing changes, CBS2 reports. 

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