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police badge600x450Staffing situation: Aldermen are angry about top cop Garry McCarthy's lack of staffing data during budget hearings, WBBM Newsradio reports. 

Crime concerns: Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy airs concerns about medical and recreational marijuana usage, the Sun-Times reports. 

True justice: The Sun-Times' editorial board hopes that freeing Alstory Simon is a sign people in the criminal justice system are working harder to get criminal prosecutions right. 

Conviction conclusion: We aren't sure who committed the double murder that put two men behind bars, but we should be grateful there wasn't a wrongful execution, the Tribune's editorial board. 

College knowledge: Data shows most Illinois public school students aren't prepared for college work, the Trib reports. 

Test time: The state still says CPS must administer a new standardized test, despite the district's concerns and requests to delay it, the Sun-Times reports. 

Early energy: Early voting in suburban Cook County surpasses 2010 numbers, NBC5 reports. 

Credit call: Gov. Quinn and Bruce Rauner both try to take credit for the Goose Island Digital Design Center, CBS2 reports. 

Election announcements: Gov. Quinn makes campaign-ish announcements masquerading as state business, the Trib's editorial board writes. 

Numbers game: Republicans would have to win one more Illinois House seat than they have now to end the Democratic supermajority, the Trib reports. 

Money matters: Attorney General Lisa Madigan's office seeks clarification of finances from a nonprofit formerly run by Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka, the State Journal-Register reports. 

FLOTUS fly-in: Michelle Obama will visit western Illinois to campaign for Democrats, the Trib reports. 

chicago skyline bgaphoto470x290Candidate call: Mayoral candidate Jesus "Chuy" Garcia says Rahm has given up on schools and crime, the Trib reports.

Police process: Aldermen skip the chance to ask the head of the Independent Police Review Authority about the city's handling of West Side Cmdr. Glenn Evans who faces felony charges, WBEZ reports. 

Contract conclusion: Waukegan reaches a tentative agreement with teachers, and students will likely return to classes on Monday, the Daily Herald reports. 

Going up? Chicago Inspector General Joe Ferguson slams elevator inspectors, noting as few as one fifth of elevators get the required inspections, Crain's reports. 

Election issue: Ald. Leslie Hairston is investigated for offering raffle prizes to people who vote, the Trib reports.

Patronage price: The IDOT patronage hiring scandal will cost taxpayers in the form of a bill from the court-appointed hiring monitor, the Trib's editorial board writes. 

Trial talk: A federal judge denies former state Rep. Derrick Smith a new bribery trial, the State Journal-Register reports. 

Freedom: Prosecutors free a man in a pivotal death penalty case, the Trib reports. 

Screening situation: Let's not pretend CTA bag screenings are anything but mildly useful at best, the Sun-Times' editorial board writes. 

Ticket tiff: City Hall should refund the $7.7 million in questionable red light camera tickets, the Sun-Times' editorial board writes. 

Money matters: Quinn and Rauner are expected to spend more than $100 million on the governor's race, the Trib reports. 

Second banana: The Trib analyzes the two lieutenant governor candidates. 

Debate day: U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin and state Sen. Jim Oberweis clash in their final debate, the Sun-Times reports.

Crude cars: A federal inspector general will audit the transport of hazardous materials by rail cars, an issue of particular concern around Chicago, the Sun-Times reports. 

Contract commitment: University of Illinois Hospital nurses ratify a new contract, the Sun-Times reports. 

police badge470x290FOP vs. FOIA: The Fraternal Order of Police sues to block the release of records of complaints against Chicago police officers, the Trib reports. 

Help to Harvey: The Cook County Sheriff will audit the troubled Harvey police department, the Trib reports. 

Camera cash: Chicago will not refund $7.7 million in red light camera tickets related to shorter yellow lights, the Trib reports. 

Code call: Ald. Leslie Hairston may be in violation of election code after she offered people the chance to win prizes for voting, FOX32 reports. 

Patronage position? Crain's Greg Hinz says a woman with clout got a state job and ended up on the payroll of the Executive Ethics Commission. 

School daze: The Waukegan school board meeting ends abruptly after becoming unruly, but some say progress is being made in teacher contract negotiations, CBS2 reports. 

Turnout talk: Crain's details what early voting turnout looks like so far. 

Study shows: A study finds Illinois is among the worst for corporate and property taxes, the Sun-Times reports. 

FOIA frenzy: The Illinois Attorney General's office says the village of Carpentersville is violating state law by refusing to release the arrest report and accompanying video of a traffic stop involving a man who died less than 24 hours later, the Daily Herald reports. 

It's electric! The CTA adds its first all-electric buses to the fleet, ABC7 reports. 

Branch biz: Chicago has a two-year backlog of tree-trimming, the Trib reports. 

Disability dollars: A Cicero cop being sued for allegedly shooting an unarmed man in the back and killing him is seeking a disability pension because he suffers from PTSD after the shooting, the Sun-Times reports. 

Wicked winter: Chicago officials say the snow removal team is ready, even if the winter is as brutal as the last, WBBM Newsradio reports. 

Chem co.: Cronus Chemicals, a fertilizer company, picks Chicago as its new HQ in exchange for $52 million in tax incentives, Crain's reports. 

Where there's smoke: Aldermen move to close a loophole in the Chicago smoke detector ordinance, the Sun-Times reports. 

Sign of the times: A Chicago City Council committee moves to make stricter sign requirements for Michigan Avenue, the Sun-Times reports. 

Port payment: Gov. Quinn pledges $1.3 million from Illinois' capital construction budget for a three-state intermodal port, the Quincy Herald-Whig reports. 

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