Morning Watch - December 10
Dec 10, 2012
Lewis 2015? Sources close to CTU say the union plans to put big bucks behind a 2015 mayoral candidate, and that could be Karen Lewis, NBC 5 reports.
King of confessions: 60 Minutes investigates why more people falsely confess to crimes in Chicago than anywhere else in the country.
Back home: RJ Vanecko is back in Chicago to be arraigned for involuntary manslaughter charges related to the death of David Koschman, NBC 5 reports.
Treasurer treasures: Rita Crundwell's personal belongings fetch $275,000 at auction on top of the $7.4 million authorities already made from selling her horses, vehicles and luxury motor home, the Trib reports. The former Dixon treasurer pleaded guilty to embezzling $53 million from the small town.
Stepping up on pensions: The State Journal-Register's editorial board praises rank-and-file legislators for asserting themselves when it comes to pension reform.
Gimme a break: Taxpayers are still waiting for a break on retiree healthcare costs, the Trib's editorial board writes.
For the future: The head of the Teacher's Retirement System writes in the Trib that the focus on the pension crisis must be on fixing it for the future.
Cutting deeper: The Daily Herald's editorial board notes that some suburbs risk cutting into basic services like sewers and roads to pay the pensions of first responders.
Debt doubt: Suburbs like Glenwood borrowed big money to gamble on bigger gains and are leaving taxpayers with the bill, the Trib reports.
Rep replies: Before Democratic leaders slate a replacement for Jesse Jackson Jr.'s congressional seat, they need all questions answered about state Sen. Donne Trotter's felony gun charges, the Sun-Times' editorial board writes.
Not off the hook: Sen. Dick Durbin says Trotter shouldn't get off easy on felony gun charges just because he's an elected official, WBEZ reports.
Contract contention: Pay raises and healthcare benefits are the main sticking points in contract negotiations between Gov. Quinn and state union workers, the Trib reports.
Quality control: Charter schools with a Level 3 rating - the worst grade given by the district - are still featured in a city expo that features high quality schools, WBEZ reports.
Complicated cash: Experts say it's a tough task to figure out a bottom line figure on how much corporations make per state, thus making it difficult to enact a policy to disclose what companies pay in taxes, the State Journal-Register reports.
Dropout dilemma: Crime and education are intertwined, and re-enrolling high school dropouts should be a key priority, the Sun-Times' editorial board writes.
Dual distraction: Burr Ridge Mayor Gary Grasso steps down from his post in order to take a seat on the DuPage County Board and limit the "distraction" of holding dual offices, the Daily Herald reports.
Conflict conundrum: The Chicago Library Board veep steps down after question arise from a Sun-Times story about a possible conflict of interest.
Fee frenzy: License plate stickers are now $2 more, which will help pay to repair and maintain state parks, NBC 5 reports.
Charter change: CPS adds four charter schools to the nine it already plans to open next year, the Trib reports.
Public comment: Eight simultaneous public meetings are set for tomorrow to discuss possible Metra fare hikes, the Trib reports.
Power up: Integrys Energy will be the city's new energy supplier, the Sun-Times reports.
Office cash: Cook County Circuit Court Clerk Dorothy Brown will no longer accept campaign contributions from her workers, after receiving criticism for the practice in the past, the Trib reports.