Play the video above to see these stories on AZ Illustrated Metro for Monday, Feb. 25:

ARIZONA AND MEXICO are linked geographically, culturally and - more and more - economically. Mexico’s new president has signed a major reform plan that Mexican government officials say will bring more opportunities for American companies to do business south of the border. Fernanda Echavarri reports.

SAFETY IN SCHOOLS is the focus of police departments across the U.S. in the wake of the Newtowen, Conn., shootings. In Arizona as elsewhere, one of the big barriers is the money it will take to secure schools from attack. We look at two approaches in Arizona. Christopher Conover reports.

MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS are in the offing for Marana, Sahuarita and South Tucson, all holding primary elections next month and general elections in May. All three have seats up for election on their respective governing councils, and Marana and South Tucson also have ballot questions for voters to weigh in on. Andrea Kelly reports.

WHY ELECTIONS MATTER, even if you don't live in one of the three Tucson suburbs holding them this spring. Maria Parham debriefs political correspondent Andrea Kelly on the big issues.