Alderman's plan could make being homeless more expensive
'YOU CAN CERTAINLY UNDERSTAND THE ALDERMAN NOT WANTING ANYONE MAKING A BUS SHELTER THEIR HOME, BUT YOU HAVE TO QUESTION THE VALUE OF ... A $200 FINE.' Sun-Times columnist Mark Brown takes a closer look at a Chicago alderman's assertion that he seeks to "help" the homeless.
* Chicagoist: "We know Cappleman won't stoop to dropping live grenades in food trucks, but ..."
* City's long-term plan: No one left homeless.
* Once-homeless couple: "In the dead of winter, we lived under a tarp."
WHAT'S CLOSED? WHAT'S NOT? Check the Chicago-area Emergency Closing Center for updates on weather-related shutdowns of schools, businesses and government offices.
* Big storm targeting Chicago brings heavy snow.
A LEGEND DIES. Dawn Clark Netsch, Illinois' first female candidate for governor, an architect of the state's constitution and a longtime champion of civil rights and ethics in government, is dead. Carol Marin has the story.
* McCarthy wants to expand "hot zone" approach.
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SIGNS, SIGNS ... Confusing signs on CTA trains complicated travel during the first day of this week's Wells Street bridge project downtown. The CTA says it'll be better from now on.
* Chicago's underground -- the downtown pedway -- gets fresh love in two new maps.
* Steve Johnson: Smartphones take dread out of waiting for stuff.
* Washington Post website introduces sponsored content, letting advertisers create blog posts, videos and graphics for its home page.