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springfield capitol dome creativecommons470x290Budget biz: Illinois Democrats introduce their own budget, NBC5 reports. 

Political posturing: It's ideology, not money, that's holding up the state budget deal, Crain's Greg Hinz writes. 

Eyes on Illinois: Officials throughout the country are watching Illinois as a model of what can go wrong and to see how it handles a financial crisis, the New York Times reports. 

Prison pass: Two months after taking the job, the Illinois prisons director resigns, WBEZ reports. 

Cash questions: More questions arise from Aaron Schock's finances, including travel, use of a supporter's condo and "donor swapping," the Trib reports. 

Road work: Illinois needs to close the door on the Illiana Expressway for now, the Sun-Times' editorial board writes. 

Tavern tab: Calumet City officials agree to buy a tavern owned by an alderman's family, the BGA reports. 

Debt decisions: The Emanuel administration says key debt refinancing is back on track, Crain's reports. 

Alley access: A fight over a Near North Side alley cost Cook County taxpayers $44 million, the Sun-Times reports. 

Tax talk: Cook County Assessor Joe Berrios is criticized after 20,000 homeowners get letters accusing them of being tax cheats, the Sun-Times reports. 

302088QA3LrUOZMillionaire miss: The Illinois House votes down a millionaire's tax, the Daily Herald reports.

Pot proposal: Legislation to decriminalize possession of a small amount of marijuana goes to Gov. Rauner's desk, ABC7 reports. 

Acting on the agenda: Gov. Rauner plans to introduce legislation for part of his turnaround agenda today, NBC5 reports. 

Business as usual: It's the same old tired game in Springfield, the Trib's editorial board writes. 

Financial finagling: Rahm moves forward with debt refinancing despite a higher cost related to the credit downgrade, the Sun-Times reports. 

Pier perk: The mayor proposes easing alcohol rules at Navy Pier to allow open containers, NBC5 reports. 

Rolling on the river: Two new sections of the Chicago Riverwalk are set to open, the Sun-Times reports. 

Casino contractor: Prompted by questions from the BGA, the Illinois Gaming Board launches an investigation into Rivers Casino over its relationship with a Chicago company whose president has ties to reputed mob members. 

Firing fight: Employees under former Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford claim he fired them for providing evidence in a sexual harassment investigation, NBC5 reports. 

College calls: College of DuPage trustees revise policies to give them more control over the president, the Daily Herald reports. 

publicschoolstem470x290Charter chatter: Contrary to a promise from the board, charter schools might move into closed CPS school buildings, WBEZ reports. 

Contract chaos: The CPS contract with SUPES Academy was green lighted despite red flags, the Tribune reports. 

Fine flip: The Cook County Board passes a measure that could allow the ethics panel another chance to fine Assessor Joe Berrios for nepotism, the Trib reports. 

Duelling decisions: New GOP legislators push for term limits, meanwhile, top Democrats want a millionaire's tax, the Daily Herald reports. 

Pension plan: An Illinois House committee advances plans to change Cook County pensions, the State Journal-Register reports. 

Sweet stop: It's time to put an end to pension sweeteners for teachers, the Daily Herald editorial board writes. 

Tax talk: A report finds taxing more consumer services like haircuts and pet grooming would stabilize state revenue, the State Journal-Register reports. 

Money matters: Rahm says he's waiting until the end of the legislative session to begin the search for new revenue, the Sun-Times reports. 

Leader line: The Trib's editorial board calls the new University of Illinois president "refreshing" and "a free-thinking outsider." 

Full-court press: It's time to fundraise for the Executive Mansion repairs, the State Journal-Register's editorial board writes. 

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