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Morning Watch - February 22

Feb 22, 2013

No: The firefighters' pension fund nixes Rahm's ideas of duty disability reform and divesting in assault weapons manufacturers, the Sun-Times reports

School shutdown: Chicago Public Schools leaders recommend closing two charter schools, WBEZ reports. 

Rights and wrongs: Bronzeville parents say school closings are a civil rights issue, the Sun-Times reports

Dip in dollars: CPS will need an extra $400 million next year to pay teacher pensions unless the law requiring certain contributions changes, Crain's reports

Packing heat: Packing heat: The CTA rail union chief says if passengers will be allowed to have guns on board, train operators should too, the Sun-Times reports

Call in the troops? A retired Army general says Chicago shouldn't be too proud to call the national government or armed forces to help with street violence, the Trib reports

DCOE money: The state's Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity is Illinois' piggy bank and needs more scrutiny, the Trib's editorial board says

School slump? The Trib's editorial board says if UNO's business practices aren't up to snuff, the city should look elsewhere for charter school operations. 

Red light: The scandal-plagued red-light camera company fires its vice president and sues him over the Chicago contract, the Trib reports

Worker whistles: An ex-Cicero park district employee says she was fired after blowing the whistle on officials who misused public funds, the Sun-Times reports

Torturous wait: The Sun-Times' editorial board says justice for Burge torture victims is taking too long. 

Fracking files: Lawmakers file a bill to regulate fracking, the State Journal-Register reports

Vision of visitors: Choose Chicago gets a $5 million bump from the city, NBC Chicago reports

Short on savings: Savings from cuts to the state Medicaid program fall short by $464 million, the State Journal-Register reports

School safety: Schools in west suburban Batavia begin cross-checking all visitors with a sex-offender database, the Trib reports

Tracking track violence: ABC 7 finds violence on the CTA is widespread - riders are twice as likely to be the victim of a crime on a train or platform than on a bus or at a bus stop. 

Bear market: Kankakee County's tourism board plans to spend half a million dollars on sports complex upgrades to keep the Chicago Bears coming to Bourbonnais for summer camp, the Daily Journal reports

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