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Milk MoneyBudget biz: A group of suburban mayors protest proposed budget cuts they say will impact public safety, the State Journal-Register reports. 

Trash talk: An inspector general report says Chicago's garbage collection operation has improved but still wastes money, Crain's reports. 

Listening tour: Chicago Police top brass will tour neighborhoods to meet with community leaders and residents about policing concerns, FOX32 reports. 

Shooting situation: Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy says an acquitted detective should never have been charged in relation to Rekia Boyd's death, the Sun-Times reports. 

Mission message: Gov. Rauner says we have a "moral duty" to take Illinois back from unions and corrupt insiders, Crain's reports. 

Cleaning costs: The CPS cleaning contract is millions over budget, WBEZ reports. 

Ethics issues: Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle tries again to make a punishment stick to Joe Berrios, the Trib reports. 

Internship issues: A new report finds problems within the internship program for the Illinois Treasurer's office, including favoritism for the politically connected, the Trib reports. 

Detective's drugs? The bruised Melrose Park Police Department takes another hit when a cop is charged with drug trafficking, the BGA reports. 

Crash cause: The National Transportation Safety Board will determine the cause of the 2014 Blue Line accident at O'Hare, the Sun-Times reports. 

money470x290Money matters: An ex-con who owes nearly $4 million in state and federal taxes and fines stood to benefit from the $10 million grant to the Cinespace studio, the Sun-Times reports. 

Draft Town: The Sun-Times details how the NFL Draft came to Chicago. 

Charter chatter: CPS announces proposals to open or expand 20 public charter schools and 12 public alternative schools, the Sun-Times reports. 

Grading the guv: The Sun-Times' Natasha Korecki grades Gov. Rauner's first 100 days in office. 

Springfield speed: Crain's Greg Hinz marvels at how fast Springfield can work when it really wants to. 

Doggone shame: Chicago's Animal Care and Control leaves a dog in a van for nearly a week after an adoption event, the BGA reports. 

Casino conflict? Gov. Rauner's pick for the Illinois Gaming Board runs an organization that has accepted thousands from Rivers Casino, the BGA reports. 

Hiring help: Illinois Republicans push a measure backed by Gov. Rauner they say will clean up state hiring rules that allows the governor to hand out jobs based on loyalty, not merit, the AP reports. 

Camera calls: The Daily Herald's editorial board backs a bill that will restrict the use of red light cameras. 

Red means stop: The Trib's editorial board reminds the mayor running red lights is dangerous. 

cta trainBGAphoto470x290Staff switch-up: Rahm names CTA boss Forrest Claypool his chief of staff, the Trib reports.  

On the fast-track: A bill allowing Chicago to use parkland for the Obama library and Lucas Museum goes to Gov. Rauner to sign, Crain's reports. 

Chopping block: Services for domestic violence victims, the homeless and rape victims are among those facing state budget cuts, the State Journal-Register reports. 

Pot possession: The Illinois House moves to decriminalize marijuana possession, the Trib reports. 

Behind bars: Former state Rep. Derrick Smith gets five months in prison for bribery, NBC5 reports. 

Letting in light: The Trib's editorial board supports a bill that requires more transparency in settlements and severance agreements made by a public body. 

Report response: The State Journal-Register's editorial board applauds a bill that establishes a set of standards for responding to reports of sexual assault on Illinois college campuses. 

Road work: The Illinois Tollway ends a deal that requires contractors to use union workers on construction projects, the Trib reports. 

Money matters: Illinois' incoming schools superintendent says equity in education funding is his top priority, the Sun-Times reports. 

Dropping digits: Unemployment drops in each Illinois metro area for the 13th consecutive month, the Sun-Times reports. 

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