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vote chicago600x450Vote! The State Journal-Register's editorial board encourages voters to head to the polls to choose a replacement for Aaron Schock in Congress. 

Weekend wrap-up: Rahm says the violent July 4 weekend isn't an indication that anti-violence strategies are failing, WBBM Newsradio reports. 

Grip on guns: After another weekend of gun violence in Chicago, it's time to revisit legislation for expanded background checks, the Trib's editorial board writes. 

Code of silence: A 7-year-old boy is shot and killed, and the community—even the boy's father—remain silent, the Sun-Times' editorial board writes. 

Rahm rift? Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart says he hasn't spoken to Rahm in four years, the Sun-Times reports. 

No news is good news: Fitch Ratings holds and doesn't downgrade Chicago credit, Crain's reports. 

Court call: Ex-U.S. Rep. Mel Reynolds is a no-show for his arraignment due to "medical issues involving his daughter," WBEZ reports. 

Child care: The ACLU seeks enforcement of a decree that child protection services continue even without a new state budget in place, the State Journal-Register reports. 

Cash crisis: Illinois' network of social service providers are left hanging in the budget crisis, the Trib reports. 

Safety situation: Chicago-area members of Congress want an extension of the train safety system deadline, warning inaction could shut down Metra, the Trib reports. 

chicago skyline bgaphoto470x290Tax talk: Chicago pension payments could jack up property taxes 30 percent, according to a Crain's analysis. 

Blame game: Crain's Greg Hinz tells voters who they can blame for the budget crisis. 

Pay process: Whether state workers get paid while there is no state budget could be up to the courts, the Sun-Times reports. 

Budget blink: The AP looks at what options could end the state budget impasse. 

Watchdog wipeout: Harvey's mayor blocks city council's move to appoint Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart as inspector general, the BGA reports. 

Paramedic payments: Chicago pays $1.2 million for shortchanging paramedics on overtime, the Trib reports. 

Board bust-up: Rahm continues to clean house at the police board, the Sun-Times reports.

"Testilying": Police lying during testimony is another reason we need body cameras, the Trib's editorial board writes. 

Ballot biz: Five candidates are on the ballot tomorrow for Aaron Schock's seat in Congress, the AP reports. 

Charge challenge? Former U.S. Rep. Mel Reynolds will be arraigned today on federal tax charges, NBC5 reports. 


publicschoolstem600x450Cut, cut, cut: CPS teachers and parents protest the proposed 1,400 layoffs and $200 million in cuts, ABC7 reports. 

Beginning of the end? CPS is at the breaking point—not next year or tomorrow; and it's happening now, the Sun-Times' editorial board writes. 

Charter chatter: CPS threatens to yank the UNO schools' charter, the Sun-Times reports. 

States struggling: Illinois isn't alone—at least four other states have a similar budget impasse, the New York Times reports. 

Budget biz: The Lincoln's Challenge program for troubled youth shuts down amidst the budget impasse, the State Journal-Register reports. 

Raise rip: Gov. Rauner vetoes raises for state lawmakers, the State Journal-Register reports. 

Pension poppycock: Taxpayers shouldn't be funding pensions for the non-governmental Illinois Association of Park Boards, the Daily Herald's editorial board writes. 

Helping hands: The Cook County Sheriff puts boots on the ground in high-crime areas of Chicago, Crain's reports. 

Suit up: Three former Illinois Treasurer's Office employees say Dan Rutherford fired them in retaliation for their part in a sexual harassment investigation against him, NBC5 reports. 

Tax talk: Chicago levies a 9 percent tax on streaming services, including Netflix and Spotify, CBS2 reports. 

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