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Morning Watch - February 8

Feb 08, 2013

Pay OKed: FOX 32 reports Jesse Jackson Jr. will receive disability pay from Congress. 

Judge's call: The tentative plea deal for Jesse Jackson Jr. calls for him to plead guilty to the misuse of campaign funds in exchange for letting a judge decide whether and how much time he serves in prison, CBS 2 reports

Start the clock: Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle gives unions a 30 day deadline to help her write pension reform legislation, the Sun-Times reports

Contract accountability: The mayor says UNO should be "held accountable" for the contract cronyism in which contracts went to the group's political allies, the Sun-Times reports

Complaints quieted: Rahm's ethics proposal gets voted down by aldermen who didn't approve of anonymous complaints against them, the Sun-Times reports

Bribe behind bars: A jail guard is charged with taking bribes to allow contraband to be smuggled into the Metropolitan Correctional Center, the Trib reports

Spending power: Despite GOP complaints, Gov. Quinn signs a hefty bill for roads, child welfare and health insurance bills for state workers, the Sun-Times reports

Bye bye Prentice: The Commission on Chicago Landmarks rescinds preliminary landmark status from Prentice Hospital, allowing Northwestern University to demolish it, WBEZ reports

Hear here: Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan schedules hearings on gun control and concealed carry in Springfield and Chicago, the State Journal-Register reports

Wage war: Gov. Pat Quinn faces a fight on raising the stats minimum wage to $10 an hour, the State Journal-Register reports.

Proposal: Quinn's proposal to ban lawmakers from voting on issues from which they could personally benefit raises questions, the State Journal-Register reports

Deadline delayed: A mandate requiring schools hire certified school nurses by July 1 is being re-examined after school administrators say they can't make the deadline, the State Journal-Register reports

Debate day: Gun control was a big topic at the 2nd Congressional District debate, FOX 32 reports

Contract calls: Rahm says he refuses to "negotiate in public" when it comes to police salaries and benefits, the Sun-Times reports

Program perk: The city pumps up its summer job program to quell gang activity, the Sun-Times reports

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