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Morning Watch - February 5

Feb 05, 2013

Jackson investigation (part 2): Federal investigators begin to probe former Ald. Sandi Jackson's finances, the Sun-Times reports

To the Brim: The Trib's editorial board expresses frustration that Cook County Judge Cynthia Brim, who was ruled "legally insane" when she shoved a deputy, was retained for so long despite urgings to keep her off the bench. 

Campaign cash: Ald. Anthony Beale will file new congressional campaign disclosure reports after a Sun-Times investigation showed some donations weren't accounted for. 

For whom the bell tolls: The Sun-Times' editorial board supports, if done correctly, one state senator's proposal to publish the names of motorists who don't pay tolls. 

The watchmen: Lawmakers and doctors are at an impasse when it comes to funding a watchdog unit that investigates complaints against doctors, the State Journal-Register reports. Half of the unit's employees were laid off last month because of funding problems. 

Shoe cents: One suburban state representative wants to tax athletic shoes 25 cents to pay for a youth job preparation program, the State Journal-Register reports

Arresting: WBEZ looks at why it's so difficult to expunge juvenile arrest records in Cook County. 

Pension proposal: Illinois Senate President John Cullerton dismisses a proposal from unions involving raising taxes, saying a change in pension benefits is also necessary, the State Journal-Register reports

Program pennies: The Illinois House is considering more money for state programs thanks to new road building funds and prison closures, the State Journal-Register reports

Police power: Chicago Police seize 680 firearms since the beginning of the year, NBC 5 reports

New hires: Rahm announces the hiring of 100 new traffic aids, ABC 7 reports

Didn't sound the alarm: The community of Dixon is suing its accounting firm for failing to notice former comptroller Rita Crundwell was embezzling millions of dollars, Crain's reports

Tale of two states: Crain's compares Illinois' health to that of neighboring Indiana. 

Reform formation: Chicago community leaders pepper Sen. Dick Durbin with questions about immigration reform, WBEZ reports.

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