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police badge600x450Cop drama: The now-public Chicago police misconduct list shows two convicted cops were the subject of dozens of complaints, the Sun-Times reports. 

Cop calls: Despite an Independent Police Review Authority recommendation to strip a Chicago police commander of his powers, in relation to the alleged assault of an arrestee, he remains on the job, WBEZ reports. 

Secrecy secured: City Council blocks Chicago's legislative inspector general from probing aldermanic campaign funds, NBC5 reports. 

Campaign cash confidentiality: Secretive aldermen can raise campaign cash in peace, and voters won't know who is following the rules and who isn't, the Sun-Times' editorial board writes. 

Suit up: A blogger sues CTA for documents related to the Ventra contract, the Trib reports. 

Jane Byrne Plaza: Chicago's first female mayor finally gets her due, the Trib's editorial board writes. 

Wage work: Rahm introduces an ordinance to gradually raise the city's minimum wage to $13 by 2018, NBC5 reports. 

Phone fees: City Council approves a 911 phone fee increase, the firefighters' contract and a zoning ordinance to allow medical marijuana dispensaries, ABC7 reports. 

Council and cams: Aldermen call for a red light camera hearing in City Council, the Trib reports. 

Child care: The Trib's editorial board says Chicago should offer short-term care to Central American children seeking refuge. 

Kid commitment: Rahm defends his decision to shelter 1,000 immigrant children, the Sun-Times reports. 

Under water: Despite millions of tax dollars, a program aimed to help suburbs with flooding isn't getting the job done, ABC7 reports.

Hiring help: Rahm defends his decision to give CPS graduates a leg up on city jobs, despite the threat of a lawsuit from parochial school graduates, the Sun-Times reports. 

Rate reduction: Gov. Quinn announces workers' compensation insurance rates will drop by 5.5 percent next year, Crain's reports. 

Sign on the line: Gov. Quinn signs a law allowing trained school personnel to administer injectable epinephrine if a student shows signs of a severe allergic reaction, the State Journal-Register reports. 

Noisy neighbors: Several suburbs pursue an advisory question on the November ballot about the level of noise from O'Hare airport, the Daily Herald reports. 

chicago city councilWatchdog weight: There could be a showdown in City Council today over the power the legislative inspector general has to probe aldermanic campaign finances, the Trib reports. 

COFA calls: A deadlocked selection committee puts off a decision on who will be Chicago City Council's Financial Analyst, the Sun-Times reports. 

Name game: City Council will vote to name the plaza next to the old Chicago Water Tower for former Mayor Jane Byrne, NBC5 reports. 

Wage work: Rahm will unveil a proposal for a higher minimum wage in City Council, FOX32 reports. 

Tax talk: Chicago City Council will vote today on raising the phone tax, NBC5 reports. 

Ballot biz: A question about a "millionaire's tax" will appear on the November ballot, the State Journal-Register reports.

Day in court: A lawsuit related to patronage hiring in Gov. Quinn's administration will go to court in October, the State Journal-Register reports. 

Survey says: A poll has Rahm beating Karen Lewis in a run for mayor, Crain's reports. 

Cheap shot: Ald. Jason Ervin's criticism that Rahm didn't attend a child's funeral is a political cheap shot that doesn't help the city's problems, the Sun-Times' editorial board writes. 

Pot process: Chicago aldermen will set medical marijuana dispensary regulations, the Trib reports. 

Voucher value: A report alleges the Chicago Housing Authority collected federal housing dollars meant for vouchers that never materialized, the Trib reports. 

All in the family: The Sun-Times details a worker's compensation settlement filed by a family member of Cook County Assessor Joe Barrios, who also is a county employee. 

Purchase power: City Council has an awkward debate before advancing an ordinance that would require gear bought by the city not come from "sweatshops" or child laborers, the Sun-Times reports. 

Cop criticism: A group of West Side ministers and U.S. Senate candidate Tio Hardiman call for the resignation of Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy, NBC5 reports. 

Peace with the 'palooza: Chicago's relationship with Lollapalooza is a good one as its 10th year in the city begins Friday, Crain's reports. 

Concealed concerns: A concealed carry permit holder who tried to play hero in an armed robbery reignites debate and safety concerns, the Trib reports. 

police badge600x450Record release: The Fraternal Order of Police wants to delay the release of officer misconduct lists, saying they are inaccurate and can unfairly harm named officers, the Sun-Times reports

Fined for freebies: The manager of the Illinois State Fair is fined by an ethics commission for accepting freebies from a beer vendor, the State Journal-Register reports. 

Metra mess: An inspector general's report finds falsified work logs at Metra caused payroll problems, the Daily Herald reports. 

Independent IG: After a BGA investigation of the General Assembly's new inspector general, the Sun-Times' editorial board says the legislature should cast a wider net for someone with a firm record of independence next year. 

Survey says: A new poll shows if the governor's election occurred today, Bruce Rauner would beat Pat Quinn, the Sun-Times reports. 

Data details: CTA crime is down 34 percent in the first six months of 2014, compared to the same time in 2013, ABC7 reports. 

Police payroll: Despite three DUI arrests and a revoked license, a former Cook County Sheriff's deputy is still on the payroll and could retire with full benefits, the Sun-Times reports. 

Wage work: Small business owners tell Rahm they support a minimum wage hike, the Sun-Times reports. 

Shooting settlement: Chicago taxpayers will pay $1.2 million to the family of a teenager shot by police, ABC7 reports. 

Bully bucks: A jury awards $540,000 to a Chicago police officer who accused his former superior of bullying, the Sun-Times reports. 

Suit up: A father sues the Chicago Park District after his son drowns in a city pool, the Trib reports. 

Alderman arrested: Ald. Rey Colon is arrested and charged with driving under the influence, NBC5 reports. 

Rahm rip: Ald. Jason Ervin criticizes Rahm for not attending the funeral of an 11-year-old girl killed in a gang shooting, the Sun-Times reports. 

Tax talk: A sales tax proposed by Bruce Rauner would take aim at one of the fastest growing parts of Illinois' economy: computer programming services, Crain's reports. 

Education expansion: Rahm announces a city expansion of early childhood education for poverty-level children, CBS2 reports. 

Ride-share slowdown? Ride share service Lyft cuts a deal in New York that could hurt its case in Illinois, Crain's reports. 

Cop call: A south suburban police officer is fired after shooting a dog in front of a 6-year-old girl, the Trib reports.

Runs out of gas: A mandate for Chicago gas stations to carry E15 fuel fails in City Council, CBS2 reports. 

Penalty purge: Former Gov. George Ryan hopes to help abolish the death penalty nationwide, the Sun-Times reports. 

Guv granting: Gov. Quinn should grant pardons for innocent people, the Sun-Times' editorial board writes. 

Salty situation: After a record winter, Illinois communities are scrambling to find road salt, the State Journal-Register reports. 

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