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red light photo sign200pxSafety first? A Tribune study finds Chicago red light cameras provide few safety benefits.  

Session situation: Gov. Quinn calls the legislature back to Springfield to approve a special election for comptroller, the State Journal-Register reports. 

Springfield stunt? It's ridiculous for Gov. Quinn to call for a special session days before Bruce Rauner takes office, the Trib's editorial board writes. 

Council calls: Two important reforms have been stalled by City Council: an independent budget office and expanding the powers of Inspector General Joe Ferguson, the Sun-Times' editorial board writes. 

Mayor's message: Rahm touts changes he's made and further distances himself from the Daley administration at a BGA interview, NBC5 reports. 

Shakman success: The Chicago Park District could become the first city agency to comply with a ban on political hiring, the Trib reports. 

Privatization process: Rahm says he will introduce his own ordinance on privatization transparency, the Sun-Times reports. 

Pension plan: Rahm says he is hopeful his pension plan will survive a legal challenge from unions, the Sun-Times reports. 

Cop commitment: Jesus "Chuy" Garcia vows to hire the 1,000 police officers Rahm promised, the Sun-Times reports. 

Runaway report: An audit finds the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services lost track of thousands of runaways, the State Journal-Register reports. 

Suit up: A Markham police officer sues the department for allegedly discriminating against her because she is a lesbian, CBS2 reports. 

MediPot matters: Some applicants vying for licenses to grow medical marijuana in Illinois have clout or felonies, the Trib reports. 

Ballot business: Mayoral hopeful Fenton Patterson is bumped off the Chicago ballot, NBC5 reports. 

School board circumstance: Rahm's opponents continue to push for an elected school board, the Trib reports. 

Move money: CPS' headquarters move may have cost more than originally thought, the Sun-Times reports. 

Hollow win? If Chicago unions win in court, their pension funds could go belly up, the Sun-Times' editorial board writes. 

Stalemate stalling: Rahm is urged to resolve the impasse with the proposed City Council budget office, the Sun-Times reports. 

State study: A new study finds Illinois is the 20th most-dangerous state in the country, FOX32 reports. 

Case calls: A Blue Island cop alleges in a new lawsuit that his department stopped a hit-and-run murder from being solved for political reasons, FOX32 reports. 

Trial talk: A Midlothian cop testifies against his former deputy police chief in a brutality case, the Sun-Times reports. 

Parking punt: Rahm puts an end to private parking in city-owned lots near the United Center, the Sun-Times reports. 

Grant grab: A Chicago couple is convicted of stealing state grant money, the State Journal-Register reports. 

Tax tip: Illinois employers are reminded of the state income tax rollback, the Quad-City Times reports. 

Presidential pass: President Obama pardons two Illinoisans, the Trib reports. 

Dogs in Daley: Ald. Brendan Reilly wants dogs allowed in Maggie Daley Park, the Sun-Times reports. 

School spot: The Chicago selective-enrollment high school once proposed to bear Obama's name could be built on the riverfront, the Sun-Times reports. 

chicago skyline bgaphoto470x290Pension problems: Public employee unions sue to stop the Chicago pension overhaul, WBEZ reports. 

Budget blues: Bruce Rauner complains about state agencies' new bids for funds, calling it "fundamentally dishonest," the Trib reports. 

Director direction: Bruce Rauner says some state agency directors could stay, the State Journal-Register reports. 

Court cams: Cook County joins the cameras-in-the-court program, WBEZ reports. 

Commission calls: Rahm unveils a commission's report that includes plans for a safer Chicago, WBEZ reports. 

Gun gripes: It's time for action on gun violence, the Sun-Times' editorial board writes. 

Office space: Legislators look to merge the state comptroller and treasurer's offices, CBS2 reports. 

Remembering Judy: Judy Baar Topinka's memorial is today in Countryside, ABC7 reports. 

Ethics issues: An investigator with the City Council inspector general faces questions about whether her work moonlighting as a political operative last year was a conflict of interest, the Sun-Times reports. 

Petition process: Mayoral challenger Willie Wilson plans to subpoena Rahm and accuses him of disenfranchising black voters by questioning signatures on his nominating petitions, the Sun-Times reports. 

Case considered: A judge rules Bruce Rauner's former investment firm isn't responsible for nursing home fraud, the Trib reports. 

Court confirmation: Two judges are confirmed for U.S. District Court in Chicago, the Trib reports. 

Metra matters: Metra unveils a plan to curb crowding at Union Station, the Trib reports. 

School slam: Warren Township High School District 121 plans to ask a board member to resign after she suggested the district not hire a gay superintendent, CBS2 reports. 

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