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taxi BGAphotoMoney management: City Hall will move to make reforms that allow Chicago cab drivers to keep more of their pay, WBEZ reports. 

Steering right: Taxi reforms are a step in the right direction, the Sun-Times' editorial board writes. 

Numbers game: Chicago's top cop Garry McCarthy says the number of murders is the lowest since 1965, but the number of shootings and shooting victims is up from last year, CBS2 reports. 

Panel probes: The former head of the state agency in charge of Gov. Quinn's troubled anti-violence program will go before a state panel next week, the Sun-Times reports. 

Strength and slump: Bruce Rauner's business experience should be his greatest asset, but its proving to be his campaign's weakness, the Sun-Times reports. 

Expressway execution: The Chicago Metropolitan Planning Agency vote to move forward with the Illiana Expressway is pushed back a day, Crain's reports. 

Custodian cuts: The union representing custodians says it told CPS that the level of cleanliness could not be maintained after job cuts, the Sun-Times reports. 

Prison problems: The warden of the Dixon Correctional Center retires in the wake of an investigation into her protocol violations, the State Journal-Register reports. 

College cash: Rahm will announce a scholarship that will select CPS students to receive free rides to City Colleges, NBC5 reports. 

Pay payments: An appellate court rules workers from five state agencies deserve back pay even though the legislature didn't allocate the money to make payments when they were originally due, the State Journal-Register reports. 

Airplane auction: State-owned airplanes go to auction to pare down the fleet, the Pantagraph reports. 

Road revenue: Illinois motor fuel tax revenue is distributed to municipalities based on population, not miles of roadways, meaning there are wide swings between towns, the Daily Herald reports. 

Applauding ACA: Gov. Quinn touts Obamacare ahead of the president's visit to Illinois, the Trib reports.

Worker worries: Ald. Lona Lane wants to increase the fine for impersonating a city worker, the Trib reports. 

Tapping the breaks: Pedicab owners say Chicago's rules are slowing down their businesses, the Sun-Times reports. 

quinn___BGA_photoProbe progress: A top federal prosecutor gives a legislative panel the green light to continue hearings on Gov. Quinn's troubled anti-violence program, the Trib reports. 

Absent association: IHSA officials will boycott a legislative hearing on its own operations, the Sun-Times reports. 

Score slip: CPS sends the wrong test scores to more than 200 private school students vying for spots in selective enrollment schools, the Trib reports. 

Uber jobs: Uber will expand its Midwest headquarters in Chicago and create 420 jobs over the next two years, contingent on the veto of ridesharing regulations, FOX32 reports. 

Center control: FAA vulnerability is in the national spotlight after a fire at the Aurora air traffic control facility, the Trib reports. 

Delay demand: Bruce Rauner calls for a vote to renew the state's income tax increase be postponed until after new leaders have taken their seats in the Capitol, CBS2 reports. 

Wage work: Rahm pressures all Chicago agencies to require contractors and subcontractors pay $13 an hour, the Sun-Times reports. 

"Ban the box": Rahm wants to expand a state law that bans employers from asking job candidates about their criminal record before they have been offered an interview, FOX32 reports. 

Car crash: A former top cab official is arrested for laundering vehicle titles that put wrecked cars onto the road as taxis in violation of city laws, the Sun-Times reports. 

Small signage: Gov. Quinn urges Chicago City Council to rein in small digital signs, the Sun-Times reports. 

Suit up: A family sues CPD for allegedly failing to investigate a shooting with a cop's gun that left a man paralyzed, CBS2 reports. 

Fire fest: The first ever Great Chicago Fire Festival takes place this weekend, Crain's reports. 

Parade route: Ald. Tom Tunney is in favor of keeping the Pride Parade in Lakeview but says residents want to see reforms, Crain's reports. 

College course: University of Illinois wants to establish a new engineering-based medical college, the Trib reports. 

jon burge sun times600x450Burge business: Corrupt former Chicago Police Cmdr. Jon Burge is getting out of prison, but the mess he left remains, the Sun-Times' editorial board writes. 

Corruption clip: The Sun-Times' editorial board hopes the appointment of a new deputy in the U.S. Attorney's office means political corruption is at the top of the office's hit list. 

Road work: When it comes to the Illiana Expressway, Gov. Quinn and other supporters of the project should look at the Indiana Toll Road's bankruptcy, Crain's Joe Cahill writes. 

Money management: Chicago public schools will again this year get money for students who did not enroll, WBEZ reports. 

Budget biz: CPS is right to ease up on budgeting and let schools keep money for students who didn't enroll, the Sun-Times' editorial board writes. 

Pothole problems: Crain's Greg Hinz counts 58 potholes in a five-mile stretch of Chicago roads. 

Getting around: Loop transit projects are taking shape, including a Union Station transit center, bus rapid transit in the central Loop and the Washington/Wabash L station, the Trib reports.

Bruce's big bucks: Bruce Rauner puts more money into his campaign, bringing his personal contribution to nearly $12.6 million, the Trib reports. 

Trial trouble: The nursing home bankruptcy trial in Florida is full of political repercussions for Bruce Rauner, the Trib reports. 

Leader lessons: To win, Bruce Rauner must show he can lead, and tell us with whom and how that can be accomplished, Crain's Greg Hinz writes. 

Sign of the times: Bruce Rauner's digital sign business thrives under Rahm's City Hall, the Sun-Times reports. 

Clinton campaigns: Hillary Clinton will be in Illinois to stump for Gov. Quinn, the Sun-Times reports. 

Trial talk: Former temporary Sen. Roland Burris plays a role in a Chicago man's corruption trail, NBC5 reports. 

Facility fixing: O'Hare and Midway are still operating below normal flight volume, and FAA officials say it could take two weeks to get the Chicago-area air traffic control center fully repaired, CBS2 reports. 

Gun gambit: Crain's editorial board hopes Springfield doesn't take Rahm up on his idea of mandatory minimums for gun crimes. 

Cases closed: Gun cases involving the Cook County Adult Probation Department's gang unit have fallen apart, the Trib reports. 

Murder miss? A woman is charged with attempting to arrange a hit on Cicero Town President Larry Dominick and the town's attorney, the Sun-Times reports. 

MediPot patients: Illinois' first medical marijuana licenses are distributed to patients, the Sun-Times reports. 

'Burbs bikes: The Divvy bike program is expanding to Evanston and Forest Park, the Sun-Times reports. 

Park projects: The Chicago Park District gets $2.4 million from the state to improve five parks, FOX32 reports.

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