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Morning Watch - February 4

Feb 04, 2013

Pension question: The Daily Herald says a big question is looming - is cutting employees' pension benefits legal? 

On the table: The State Journal-Register's editorial board says taxpayers are ponying up with new revenue, and now it's time for labor to do its part with cost-of-living adjustments. 

State speech: Gov. Quinn plans to touch on more than just pensions in this week's State of the State address, the State Journal-Register reports

Defense dollars: Indicted state Rep. Derrick Smith used campaign funds to pay defense lawyers in his federal bribery case, the Sun-Times reports

Who you know in UNO: A Sun-Times report shows that it pays to be an insider in the UNO charter school universe. 

Flight plan: Some Chicago residents say changes to O'Hare's flight patterns will create more more noise and slash property values, reports.

On strike: Teachers head to the picket lines in West Chicago, the Daily Herald reports

Taking aim: Instructors see an uptick in the number of people registering for firearm classes in anticipation of an Illinois concealed carry law, the State Journal-Register reports

Press pause: The Daily Herald's editorial board proposes doing away with local electoral boards to reduce unfair politics. 

NATO numbers: Almost $19 million was spent in overtime for city employees during the NATO summit last spring, NBC 5 reports

Gambling green: Illinois bars are already seeing profits from video gambling machines in their establishments, ABC 7 reports

Top of the trust: Stephen Beitler is tapped to head the mayor's Infrastructure Trust, Crain's reports

Response recall: The Chicago Police Department hopes to free up more officers by not dispatching them to the scene of some crimes, like burglaries, where the offender is no longer there and no one is in immediate danger, the Trib reports

Suit settlement: Taxpayers could be on the line for $24 million to settle medical malpractice cases brought against Cook County's public health system, the Trib reports

Field fixing: When it comes to a Wrigley revamp, it's time for all parties to play ball, the Trib's editorial board writes. 

Choice in success: The Trib's editorial board says it's time for the state to give parents a school choice program. 

New trial, please: The Sun-Times' editorial board wants a new trial for a man serving time for a double murder that police records say occurred when he was in a lockup. 

Tale of two cities: The Sun-Times' editorial board says Chicago is Newtown, where our children are killed every day. 

Smart move: Special Prosecutor Dan Webb made a good choice in choosing to work on the Koschman case for free from here on out, the Sun-Times reports

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