UP: Government Accountability Board. The state's elections agency votes unanimously to begin regulating issue ads aired during elections, usually by outside interest groups. The board says the groups cannot accept corporate donations and must disclose donors. The board must hold a public hearing on the rules, which are also subject to legislative review. The Coalition for America's Families, which aired negative ads in several state legislative races, threatens to sue if the rules are adopted.
DOWN: Inclusionary zoning. City officials agree to let the controversial housing law sunset in January. Mayor Dave Cieslewicz says the ordinance, which required developers to include low-cost housing in new projects, did not work as intended. (Since the ordinance was passed in 2004, only 40 inclusionary zoning units have been sold.) Ald. Brenda Konkel, who championed the ordinance, says inclusionary zoning was a victim of a poor economy, bad marketing and a city staff that was "skeptical, if not blatantly opposed" to the program.