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Milk MoneyTaken to task: A federal judge scolds Illinois officials for not fully complying with an order to pay social service providers, the AP reports. 

Sweet spot: Forced-out University of Illinois officials have a history of making soft landings with high-paid faculty jobs, the AP reports. 

Magic money? The Chicago Board of Education approves the CPS budget that relies on money it doesn't have, WBEZ reports. 

Training tip: Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart urges Gov. Rauner to restore funding to train police officers to deal with mentally ill people, the Sun-Times reports. 

Design decision: An architecture competition is launched for the Obama library, the Sun-Times reports. 

Document dump: Former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock turns over more than 10,000 documents as part of an investigation, the Trib reports. 

Behind bars: Chicago's former comptroller is extradited from Pakistan to serve a 15-year prison sentence related to an Ohio kickback scheme, the Trib reports. 

Numbers game: The new Illinois State Fair manager says past years' attendance numbers were inflated, the State Journal-Register reports. 

Treatment talk: The legislature should override Gov. Rauner's amendatory veto of a heroin treatment bill, the Daily Herald's editorial board writes. 

Program pump: Chicago receives a federal grant for the CTA to continue a diesel mechanics training program for ex-offenders, FOX32 reports. 

board education chicago470x290Budget biz: The CPS board prepares to vote on the budget, while board members dismiss questions about bankruptcy, the Trib reports. 

Schools summary: Chicago Board of Education members will approve the budget and borrowing because that's what's always been done, the Trib's editorial board writes. 

Committed to the contract: Former Chicago Board of Education member and Senate hopeful Andrea Zopp defends voting for the no-bid SUPES Academy contract under federal investigation, the Sun-Times reports. 

Pay up: Illinois faces "civil contempt" allegations after failure to pay disability money, the Sun-Times reports. 

Pizza pay: Records show state Sen. Napoleon Harris owes thousands of dollars in back pay to former employees of his pizza business, ABC7 reports. 

Cop comments: A Chicago police officer is under investigation after allegedly being caught on camera making racially charged remarks, FOX32 reports. 

Plane payment: The state sells five surplus aircraft for a total $2.5 million, the AP reports. 

MediPot progress: Illinois has its first registered medical marijuana dispensary, the AP reports. 

Behind bars: Gov. Rauner signs a "rocket docket" law to reduce some jail stays, the Sun-Times reports. 

Transit talk: The Sun-Times' editorial board asks, where is the outrage over the CTA Yellow Line collapse? 

Resignation redux: University of Illinois' provost resigns following this summer's disclosure that private emails were used to discuss university business, the AP reports. 

Mayor's meeting: Rahm will host three town hall meetings to discuss the city budget, NBC5 reports. 

Design decision: The much-ridiculed design for the Lucas Museum is being redone, the Sun-Times reports. 

Debt dollars: Hundreds of Illinois towns are drowning in pension debt, Bloomberg reports.

Sneaky spiking: Illinois' pension padding is a win for everyone except taxpayers, the Trib's editorial board writes. 

Cash crunch: Illinois Comptroller Leslie Munger says Illinois is facing a "severe cash shortage" and is unable to pay social service agencies, the Sun-Times reports. 

Care clip: Gov. Rauner cuts drug treatment funding from a bill intended to fight heroin addiction and overdoses, saying the state can't afford it, NBC5 reports. 

Residency request: CPS boss Forrest Claypool wants special permission for his new financial aide to live outside the city limits, the Trib reports. 

Tax talk: The Illinois Appellate Court affirms Cook County's slot machine tax, Crain's reports. 

Price points: Rahm and Lisa Madigan demand an explanation for the spike in gasoline prices, the State Journal-Register reports. 

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