Preckwinkle vs. Emanuel? Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle criticizes Rahm for his handling of education and crime, and some insiders say she might be planning a 2015 run for mayor, NBC 5 reports.
Back to work: Sen. Mark Kirk will return to work in the Senate on Jan. 3, roughly a year after his stroke, NBC 5 reports.
No rest after arrest: Despite his arrest on felony gun charges, state Sen. Donne Trotter says he still plans to run for Jesse Jackson Jr.'s old Congressional seat, NBC 5 reports.
Job alert: Questions arise concerning Trotter's work with a security firm, which he didn't disclose to the state, the Sun-Times reports. He said he had the gun with him at O'Hare because he came from his security job.
Same story, different day: The Trib's editorial board comments on the growing list of arrested and indicted Illinois lawmakers.
Cross T's, dot I's: The Sun-Times' editorial board says City Hall has one more chance to carefully analyze a digital billboard deal and needs to get it right.
Code talkers: The "code of silence" outlined by the Abbate jury shouldn't be dismissed, the Trib's editorial board writes.
Survey says: A Public Policy Polling survey finds Michelle Obama would beat Sen. Mark Kirk in a 2016 Senate run, and 75 percent of Illinois voters don't think Obama should pardon Blago.
Home improvement: A former electrical inspector files a lawsuit alleging he was forced to perform work on the home of the Bellwood mayor for free, FOX Chicago reports.
Water works: Rahm says he will consider church claims that they will need to stop free programs if they are charged for water, the Trib reports.
OT tracker: Cook County Board President institutes tracking of employee overtime to help manage excessive OT pay, the Trib reports.
Scam slam: A guilty plea emerges in a minority contracting scam that has ties to a company partly-owned by Daley relatives, the Sun-Times reports.