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.