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Morning Watch - December 18

Dec 18, 2012

Assault on assault weapons: Some Illinois lawmakers are pushing for a ban on assault weapons after last week's school shooting in Connecticut, NBC 5 reports

Arm advocate: One leading Illinois gun rights advocate wants lawmakers to propose legislation to arm teachers, principals and custodians with concealed weapons, the Sun-Times reports

Case call: The Illinois Supreme Court asks that a judge outside of Cook County be assigned to the Koschman case for fear of real or perceived biases and ties to the Daley administration, the Trib reports

Correct calls: Judges are making the right decisions so far in the Koschman case, the Sun-Times' editorial board writes

Code breakers: City attorneys pushing for a judge to set aside a jury's verdict that a "code of silence" exists in the Chicago police force say lawyers petitioning to preserve the decision are acting in their own self-interest, the Trib reports

President Preckwinkle: Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle is named a Public Official of the Year by Governing magazine. 

Taxing times: A bill that would require publicly traded companies to disclose their state tax liability is poorly timed and too broad, the Daily Herald's editorial board writes. 

Enforcement effect: Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart says it will be hard to enforce the cell phone ban that takes effect next month in county courthouses, CBS 2 reports

Money maker: Video gambling nets nearly $1 million for the state in November, The Southern Illinoisan reports. 

Case law: A Tribune review shows that in cases similar to that of state Sen. Donne Trotter, where those charged say they didn't knowingly pack a gun in their bag and try to board a plane, found that half resulted in acquittals. 

Confirmed: Thomas M. Durkin is confirmed as a new federal judge on the U.S. District Court in the Northern District of Illinois, the Trib reports

No cuts: CPS promises no further cuts to uniformed police officers in Chicago high schools, the Sun-Times reports

Starved laws? A proposed mine near Starved Rock State Park shows state laws need an update, the Sun-Times reports

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