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Morning Watch - January 11

Jan 11, 2013

Shut down the shutdown: A group assigned to help CPS determine which schools to close puts forth criteria district leaders should use and says no high schools should be closed, CBS 2 reports

Thanks but no thanks: The State Journal-Register's editorial board says the governor's idea of a commission to craft pension reform is a well-meaning but bad idea.

Cash crop: Rahm's ordinance to ticket instead of arrest those in possession of small amounts of marijuana has netted about 400 tickets and nearly $98,000, the Trib reports

Board blooms: Six advisory members are named to the board of Rahm's infrastructure trust, Crain's reports

Layoffs loom: The government agency that looks into claims against doctors will begin to lay off investigators, the State Journal-Register reports

Early-release effort: Illinois prisons will begin to reintroduce an early-release program, the State Journal-Register reports

Show ID: A City Council committee hopes to increase the fines for fake driver's licenses, the Trib reports

Toll money: Nearly $124.5 million will be spent to rehab the I-90 tollway, the Trib reports

For sale: The home of former Dixon comptroller Rita Crundwell is up for auction, ABC 7 reports

Green light: The city's red light camera vendor has an additional six months on the job until a new company is found, NBC Chicago reports

Gun control: Rahm plans for another attempt at a city gun control ordinance, CBS 2 reports

Committee call: The mayor will announce a six-member committee charged with overseeing the privatization of Midway Airport, Crain's reports

Appealing: Gov. Quinn appeals a court's order that the state hand over union pay raises, the State Journal-Register reports

Thank you: The Daily Herald's editorial board thanks departing lawmakers for their service. 

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