Budget biz: A group of suburban mayors protest proposed budget cuts they say will impact public safety, the State Journal-Register reports.
Trash talk: An inspector general report says Chicago's garbage collection operation has improved but still wastes money, Crain's reports.
Listening tour: Chicago Police top brass will tour neighborhoods to meet with community leaders and residents about policing concerns, FOX32 reports.
Shooting situation: Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy says an acquitted detective should never have been charged in relation to Rekia Boyd's death, the Sun-Times reports.
Mission message: Gov. Rauner says we have a "moral duty" to take Illinois back from unions and corrupt insiders, Crain's reports.
Cleaning costs: The CPS cleaning contract is millions over budget, WBEZ reports.
Ethics issues: Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle tries again to make a punishment stick to Joe Berrios, the Trib reports.
Internship issues: A new report finds problems within the internship program for the Illinois Treasurer's office, including favoritism for the politically connected, the Trib reports.
Detective's drugs? The bruised Melrose Park Police Department takes another hit when a cop is charged with drug trafficking, the BGA reports.
Crash cause: The National Transportation Safety Board will determine the cause of the 2014 Blue Line accident at O'Hare, the Sun-Times reports.