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Morning Watch - February 1

Feb 01, 2013

Warranted? Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart supports legislation allowing law enforcement to seize felons' firearms without a warrant, WBEZ reports

Day of love? IL Senate President John Cullerton says he'd like to pass a gay marriage law on Valentine's Day, the Sun-Times reports

Worst in the nation: The Trib's editorial board pens an open letter to Standard & Poor's about Illinois' debt. 

Meetings that matter: The Sun-Times' editorial board hopes something comes out of IL Senate President John Cullerton's meeting with the Civic Committee of The Commercial Club of Chicago in on pension reform. 

Quick OK: Legislators have $675 million for Illinois road work but need to move fast as construction season quickly approaches, the State Journal-Register reports

Off the hook: Prosecution for the Koschman death case involving Mayor Daley's nephew, R.J. Vanecko, will now be done on a pro bono basis and won't cost taxpayers anything moving forward, NBC 5 reports

No-show: Gun show organizers say Gov. Pat Quinn's idea to ban semi-automatic assault weapons at the shows won't do much, the State Journal-Register reports

Making a move: Rahm's Infrastructure Trust makes its first move by issuing a request for qualifications, Crain's reports

Torture testimony: Attorneys for a torture victim of former Chicago Police Cmdr. Jon Burge are looking to depose Mayor Daley, the Trib reports

Desk duty dollars: Millions of tax dollars are spent each year for Chicago police on desk duty because they've been stripped of their powers over alleged misconduct, CBS 2 reports

Food finds: Lobbyists and consultants are already jockeying for position in the potentially $3 billion deal to contract out food and concessions at O'Hare Airport, Crain's reports

Keep on trucking: Six months after approving the new food truck ordinance, the first truck receives a license to cook on board, the Trib reports

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