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Morning Watch - February 19

Feb 19, 2013

Jackson saga: Jesse Jackson Jr. could lose his pension and spend five years in prison, the Trib reports

What could have been: The Trib's editorial board comments on the audacity of Jesse Jackson Jr. 

Survey says: A Crain's poll shows the majority of Illinoisans are in favor of gay marriage. 

Marriage material: The Trib's editorial board urges the Illinois House to pass same-sex marriage. 

Link-less: Second District candidate Robin Kelly denies any links with Michael Bloomberg or the super PAC that endorsed her and aimed attack ads at her rival Debbie Halvorson, NBC Chicago reports

Money talk: The Trib's editorial board says when it comes to Bloomberg's super PAC, voters will decide if his message sways them in the 2nd District race. 

Scare tactics? U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez and Cicero candidate Juan Ochoa call for an investigation into alleged voter suppression, claiming town employees harassed Latino voters at their homes, WBEZ reports

Home run: Former Gov. George Ryan is on home confinement but was seen dining more than 30 miles from his Kankakee home. His lawyer says he is allowed to do so on weekends with permission, WBBM Newsradio reports

Take a pass: Former Gov. George Ryan's appeal to have his corruption case re-heard is denied by the U.S. Supreme Court, ABC 7 reports

Persisting problems: The Illinois House and Senate are deeply divided when it comes to pension reform, the State Journal-Register reports

Reform roadmap: The Trib's editorial board tells union leaders to "get onboard or get out of the way" when it comes to pension reform. 

Get a room: A 1,200-room hotel will be erected next to McCormick Place to revitalize the convention center, Crain's reports

Closure calls: CPS chief Barbara Byrd-Bennett seeks input from parents and residents about school closings, FOX 32 reports

Judgement call: The Sun-Times' editorial board calls McHenry County Judge Maureen P. McIntyre's divorce one of "convenience" that has the appearance of impropriety. 

STEM investment: The Navy plans to make a five-year, $2 million investment in Rickover Naval Academy, the Sun-Times reports

Fitz followers: Chicago attorney Zachary Fardon and Lori Lightfoot are the two final candidates to replace former U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald, the Sun-Times reports

Fracking's future: State lawmakers will decide on fracking in Illinois, the State Journal-Register reports

Suit up: A Chicago man files a federal lawsuit against Schaumburg police officers accused of being dirty cops, the Sun-Times reports

Public prisoners? Residents of Judge Slater Senior Housing, a CHA building, say they are mistreated and feel imprisoned, the Sun-Times reports

Payroll problems: Some agencies cease services because Illinois has not paid its bills on time to vendors, the Peoria Journal Star reports

Park payouts: The State Journal Register's editorial board calls for transparency after learning the Springfield Park Board is giving employees cash advances on paychecks. 

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