Well-documented woes: Data show it's lack of opportunity, not the winter weather, that has people leaving Illinois, the Trib's editorial board writes.
Job jab: Data from WalletHub show the Chicago metro area is one of the worst places in the country to find a job, the Sun-Times reports.
Center situations: The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services director will testify before lawmakers after newspaper reports of abuse at state-run youth centers, the State Journal-Register reports.
Shaking up Springfield? With independence and plenty of money for his agenda, Bruce Rauner could bring a new day to Springfield, the Trib's editorial board writes.
Pension position: Pension issues loom large for Bruce Rauner and the legislature, the Trib reports.
Library location: University of Chicago unveils its proposed plans for the Obama library bid, the Trib reports.
Election issue: A bill is filed to establish a 2016 election for comptroller, the State Journal-Register reports.
IG in the house: The work of CPS' inspector general shows why one is needed for City Council, the Sun-Times' editorial board writes.
Cold calls: Most Chicago-area school districts cancel school due to cold, WBEZ reports.
Parting words: At a City Club event, Gov. Quinn recaps his six years in office and looks forward to what's next, ABC7 reports.
Airport ads: An O'Hare advertising deal gets even sweeter for a clout-heavy company, the Sun-Times reports.
Time talk: Later school start times deserve some consideration, the Daily Herald's editorial board writes.