Tossing lunch? CBS 2‘s Pam Zekman investigates the stomach-turning results of health inspections at hundreds of suburban school cafeterias.

  • Reformer Rahm? The New York Times looks at Chicago’s mayor-elect from a national perspective, starting with Emanuel’s claim at Wednesday’s post-election news conference that “this election was about reform.” BGA is hoping that’s true.
  • Rahm’s roadmap. The Trib‘s Melissa Harris points out that the Civic Consulting Alliance, a group of philanthropic CEO’s, is finishing a study for the mayor-elect on the biggest challenges facing Chicago and how they should be handled. Not a best-seller, but a must-read.
  • Reform resistance? SouthtownStar‘s Kristen McQueary writes about the challenges facing self-proclaimed reformers like Emanuel and Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle, including the high-pitched whining of Cook County commissioners from the south suburbs who don’t want their office budgets cut.
  • Bands on the run. The New York Times covers a Democratic lawmaker from Wisconsin who’s staying in Chicago hotels to deny GOP Gov. Scott Walker a quorum for votes on anti-union bills.
  • Kane cuts. The Daily Herald reports the Kane County Board is considering 13 cost-cutting measures, including an end to the practice of department heads coming in every year for supplemental budget increases after the initial budget is approved. Supplementals would only be for emergencies. BGA agrees.