Morning Watch - February 26
Feb 26, 2013
Mayor's message: Rahm gives police Supt. Garry McCarthy "100 percent support" despite complaints from some aldermen about the violence in their neighborhoods, the Trib reports.
Worker wages: Two Metropolitan Water Reclamation District workers received a combined $400,000 in salary while on leave during an investigation of their department, the Trib reports.
In Springfield: The Illinois House will take up the issue of concealed carry today, the State Journal-Register reports.
Transit trouble? The Trib's editorial board says guns on public transit is one of the worst ideas they're heard in years.
Voter volume: The 2nd District primary is today, and officials expect voter turnout to be low due to an approaching winter storm, NBC Chicago reports.
Appealing: Disgraced Dixon treasurer Rita Crundwell will appeal her 20 year prison sentence for embezzling $53 million from the small town, FOX 32 reports.
Cicero shenanigans: Today Cicero elects a new town president, and the Cook County Sheriff and County Clerk are keeping careful watch over the election process, CBS2 reports.
Crime and cameras: A Sun-Times analysis finds more CTA cameras haven't stopped an increase in crime.
Boots for bills: A proposed bill would allow Chicago to boot vehicles for all unpaid bills to the city, not just those related to traffic offenses, Crain's reports.
Snip snip: Illinois braces for federal funding cuts set to begin Friday, the Trib reports.
Tackle trouble: A state representative pushing through legislation that would only allow tackling at high school football practice one day per week eases her proposal, the Trib reports.
Bill benefits: The Sun-Times' editorial board says the current Illinois fracking bill is strong on environmental protections.
Exchange rate: The Trib's editorial board says Illinois shouldn't take the risk of running its own healthcare exchange under Obamacare.
Police presentation: Black cops in North Chicago say a racially insensitive slideshow using during a Citizen Police Academy "set us back 60 years," the Sun-Times reports.
Drug dollars: The money-saving Medicaid drug limits that some say denies vital prescriptions takes effect next month, the State Journal-Register reports.
Police probe: Before the Mundelein police chief resigned to run for mayor, officials were investigating sexual harassment allegations within the department and planned to demote him, the Daily Herald reports.