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Morning Watch - February 21

Feb 21, 2013

Regret? After pleading guilty to misusing campaign funds, Jesse Jackson Jr. tells the media, "I love everybody back home. I'm sorry I let them down," NBC Chicago reports

Next step: The Jacksons could each face years in prison, NBC Chicago reports

Democratic district: The Trib's editorial board says if Jackson had been in a more competitive district, he would've had to spend more cash on the campaign, and journalists would've kept closer tabs on his books. 

Paying the price: The Sun-Times laments that constituents suffered while the Jacksons lived in the lap of luxury. 

Taxing times: State Rep. Lou Lang proposes making permanent the state income tax increase that is set to expire next year in an effort to pay for public pensions, FOX 32 reports

Time sheet trouble: Congressional candidate Robin Kelly defends herself against allegations she misrepresented time sheets during her failed 2010 campaign for treasurer, the Trib reports

Job approval: Rahm's approval rating takes a hit, a Crain's poll finds

Permit provisions: The Sun-Times' editorial board says the state should limit concealed carry permits to protect the public. 

Transfer trouble: Cook County's public health system hires an executive who left a Dallas hospital after the government declared it a "serious threat" to patients, the Trib reports

Health code: The Trib's editorial board says it's curious that the Cook County health system hired the Dallas executive when it's made such great strides recently. 

Money message: New legislation pushes back Gov. Quinn's budget address until March 6, the State Journal-Register reports

Lay of the land: The state spends $2.8 million to purchase 547 acres of land for recreational use, the State Journal-Register reports

Pensions and premiums: Lawyers for the state argue premium-free health insurance for retired state workers is not a protected pension benefit, the State Journal-Register reports

Raise the roof: Even though they have yet to negotiate a new contract with the state, Illinois Department of Transportation workers and those of other agencies already received raises, the State Journal-Register reports

Bite out of costs: Rahm says the Taste of Chicago must cut costs to be profitable, the Sun-Times reports

Schooling: Education experts say school funding needs to move away from property taxes, teachers should be paid better and curriculum should be decided on the national level, the Daily Herald reports

PD and the public: The Schaumburg Police Department is attempting to gain back public confidence by hiring an outside firm to examine how the department operates, the Daily Herald's editorial board writes

Bottles and cans: Chicago's recycling program extends to an additional 131,000 households, FOX 32 reports

Building bus lanes: The CTA plans for priority bus lanes in the central Loop, the Trib reports

Tourism talk: Choose Chicago announces a larger budget and board, Crain's reports

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