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.