Bookkeeping errors and mismanagement of the city’s tree-planting program have cost taxpayers about $500,000, according to the city’s inspector general. The city spent more than $8 million to plant 14,675 trees between 2008 and 2010; that comes to $569 per tree. (Tribune)

That glowing orb in the sky? It’s the sun, and it has returned, pushing temperatures into the 70s tomorrow. (Tribune)

Blasphemy? Secretary of State – and noted Italian-American sportsman – Jesse White is considering making Illinois plates bearing the logo of the Saint Louis Cardinals. (WBBM-AM)