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springfield capitol dome creativecommons600x450Architectural applause: The controversial rehab of the Illinois Capitol receives architectural awards, the Trib reports. 

Isn't it ironic? A large cockroach makes an appearance in City Hall while the Chicago pest control commissioner testifies, the Trib reports. 

Big bid: UIC officials gear up for an ambitious bid for the Obama library, the Trib reports. 

Vote vex: An attorney general opinion prohibiting vote counting before the polls close has some officials rethinking the process, the State Journal-Register reports. 

Lay off the cheap shots: Candidates should educate voters about the issues, not denigrate each other, the Daily Herald's editorial board writes. 

Metra money: Money from a Metra fare hike will go to operating expenses, and the agency needs to work on cutting those costs, the Trib's editorial board writes. 

Player plea: A key player in the Chicago red light camera scandal plans to plead guilty, the Sun-Times reports. 

State scandal? Republican legislators question Gov. Quinn's response to the IDOT scandal and insinuate corruption exists in other state departments, the Sun-Times reports. 

Come together, right now: Suburban legislators should unite in the school funding reform debate, the Daily Herald's editorial board writes. 

Suit spree: In the past two years, the Illinois Tollway has filed as many as 400 lawsuits against scofflaws, the Trib reports. 

Toll task: The Illinois Tollway could permanently lower the cost of opening an I-Pass account, the Sun-Times reports. 

Testing talk: Rahm sets a long-term goal of electronic testing for city jobs, the Sun-Times reports. 

Plan of attack: Members of the Chicago Board of Education admit more planning is needed when it comes to the number of schools and students, the Sun-Times reports. 

Cop cars: A top mayoral aide admits Chicago police have a vehicle shortage problem that can only be fixed by more frequent purchasing, the Sun-Times reports. 

Love letters: The treasurer of suburban Alsip alleges in a new lawsuit she was fired after rejecting sexual advances from the mayor, the Sun-Times reports. 

Inmate issues: Illinois needs a better way to deal with terminally ill inmates, the Sun-Times' editorial board writes.

Strike stretch: The Waukegan teacher's strike is still going three weeks later, CBS2 reports. 

Chicago_flag_365x243BGAphotoCamera calls: A group of aldermen question whether Chicago speed cameras follow state law, the Trib reports. 

Monitor mention: A federal judge orders a court-appointed monitor to oversee IDOT hiring, the State Journal-Register reports. 

Punch-out patronage: The Sun-Times' editorial board applauds the appointment of an IDOT hiring monitor. 

Resigned: A Sun-Times political reporter resigns following a complaint to the paper from the Rauner campaign, the State Journal-Register reports. 

Candidate question: Crain's Greg Hinz questions the ethics of a pharmaceutical company linked to Bruce Rauner. 

Treasurer talk: Rahm names Kurt Summers city treasurer, NBC5 reports. 

Debate details: U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin and state Sen. Jim Oberweis square off in their only debate, CBS2 reports. 

Suit slam: Ald. Carrie Austin mocks City Council watchdog Faisal Khan's lawsuit, saying, "He just wants to be able to spend willy nilly," CBS2 reports. 

End of a cold war: Inspector General Joe Ferguson says "maturation" helped end his tiff with Rahm, the Sun-Times reports. 

Suit up: A former Cook County Jail inmate alleges in a new lawsuit that she was sexually assaulted while in lock-up, the Trib reports. 

Testing talk: CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett will ask the federal government to delay a controversial state exam that she says is "unwarranted," the Trib reports. 

Fest flops: Chicago's art and festivals chief defends the money-losing Taste and Fire Fest fizzle, the Trib reports. 

chicago city councilSuit up: City Council's watchdog sues Rahm and key aldermen, accusing them of hindering his investigative abilities and not properly funding his office, the Trib reports. 

School sale: CPS announces the first sale of a shuttered school: Peabody Elementary on the Northwest Side for $3.5 million, the Sun-Times reports. 

Student slump: CPS enrollment drops again, dipping below 400,000 for the first time in at least 20 years, the Trib reports. 

Pothole problems: Chicago motorists file more than 5,000 vehicle damage claims related to potholes, the Sun-Times reports. 

Treasurer talk: The Sun-Times' editorial board takes issue with Rahm appointing a new city treasurer, effectively icing out anyone who might want to run in an open election. 

Job report: The Chicago Police Board decides a fired officer should get his job back, the Sun-Times reports. 

Policy positions: Rahm plans five policy speeches ahead of the February election, the Trib reports. 

Tinley trouble: Tinley Park severs its relationship with its ambulance provider and receives an unexpected $500,000 bill, the Trib reports. 

Debate day: U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin and state Sen. Jim Oberweis square off tonight in their only debate, the Trib reports. 

Sticker shock: Chicago City Clerk Susana Mendoza cracks down on city sticker scofflaws, the Trib reports. 

Financial fix? A coalition of labor unions continue to push the city to challenge a series of bad financial transactions made by the Daley administration, Crain's reports. 

Taxed twice: Some unincorporated residents in DuPage County will be taxed twice for sheriff patrols in their townships, the Daily Herald reports.

Ideas issued: City Hall releases a new set of questions for voters to weigh in on via online portal CHIdeas, Crain's reports. 

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