First things first: Gov. Quinn says gambling expansion takes a back seat to getting pension reform passed, the Trib reports.
Ka-ching? The Sun-Times' Michael Sneed says a temporary casino could be in the cards for Chicago if the gambling bill is approved.
Tax tinkering: The Daily Herald explains what taxes will look like if teachers' pensions are shifted onto property owners.
Dose of Daley: Bill Daley, the son and brother of two former Chicago mayors, mulls a bid for governor, NBC Chicago reports.
Closing bell: WBEZ maps the last decade of school closings in Chicago.
Family matters: Faculty at Prairie State College accuse the school of nepotism for creating a temporary position for a board member's stepfather and then hiring him without posting the job for other applicants, the Trib reports.
Cleaning house: The head of a Chicago janitors' union calls for Rahm to cancel a controversial cleaning contract at O'Hare, the Sun-Times reports.
Safety summit: A state school safety summit will be held in Springfield next week, the State Journal-Register reports.
Gun control: Rahm speaks out in favor of stricter gun control on a panel in Chicago, ABC 7 reports.
Picket line: Grayslake Elementary District 46 teachers go on strike today, the Daily Herald reports.
Pot possibilities: The Daily Herald's editorial board says towns and villages are wise to prepare for the legalization of medical marijuana in case the measure becomes law.
Out of work: About 200 people are laid off when seven state employment offices close, ABC 7 reports. The irony is that the economy has improved and has led to falling unemployment claims, rending the offices of no use.
Preserve plan: The Sun-Times' editorial board applauds the Forest Preserve District of Cook County for its five year plan.
Court calls: Sen. Dick Durbin passes along seven names to the president for spots on the bench of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Crain's reports.
Money mill: Rahm's re-election committee raises $1 million in the last quarter of 2012, Crain's reports.
Fee fixing: Admission fees might be increasing at the Art Institute and Museum of Science and Industry, the Trib reports.