Parking rates in Chicago are the nation’s fourth highest. The median rate to park all day downtown is $32, according to a new survey. It costs $41 to park all day in Manhattan, the most expensive place in the country. (Sun-Times)

Police say a Minnesota city councilman, in an attempt to gain sympathy from voters, traveled to Chicago to mail himself a fake grenade. What could go wrong? (Tribune)

Coming in 2015: A universal CTA, Metra, and PACE pass. Also, hoverboards. (Tribune)