The Council’s Rules Committee splits in a rare tie vote on a proposed ballot referendum question asking Chicago voters if they think the state and federal government should put more funding toward Chicago transportation infrastructure. The backstory? The Mayor’s Office crowding out a question about Chicago’s airports. Plus: CPS delivers school budgets to principals, while the district’s CEO calls for “creative budgeting,” and two north side activists sue the City Council for violating the state’s Open Meetings Act.