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Morning Watch - December 19

Dec 19, 2012

Running game: Jonathan Jackson says he thought about running for his brother Jesse's former seat in Congress but has now decided against it, FOX Chicago reports

Earnings report: The part-time City Council Inspector General Faisal Khan is set to earn more this year than the mayor, the Sun-Times reports

Money management: The city's inspector general finds the Chicago Police Department botched a tuition reimbursement program that cost the city $180,000, the Sun-Times reports

Protest plans: Chicago Teachers Union members say they are protesting in front of CPS headquarters because the school district agreed to meet with charter school boosters about how to improve those schools but not neighborhood schools, FOX Chicago reports

Bully pulpit: The Sun-Times' editorial board admonishes CTU for what it calls bully tactics. 

A cut above: An internal CPS document shows more detailed plans to close schools than had been originally thought, the Trib reports

Burke, P.I.: The Sun-Times reports the city's most powerful alderman, Ed Burke, is a private eye licensed to carry a semi-automatic weapon. 

Grant-less: The Chicago Housing Authority misses out on a federal grant that would have improved mixed-income developments, WBEZ reports

Approved: The CTA's $1.39 billion budget is unanimously approved, WBEZ reports

Investment report: The Teachers' Retirement System is evaluating its holdings to see if it has investments in gun manufacturers, the State Journal-Register reports

Burdensome: The property tax burden is growing for homeowners, especially in Cook and DuPage Counties, the Daily Herald reports

Snip snip: Illinois is at the top of the list when it comes to states that have cut funding for mental health, NBC Chicago reports

School security: Gov. Quinn pushes schools to review safety measures in the wake of the Connecticut shooting last week, CBS 2 reports

Gridlock: The smart grid program needs to get back on track, the Trib's editorial board says

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