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Morning Watch - January 15

Jan 15, 2013

Drain game: Pension costs are expected to drain school and government operations by hundred of millions, the State Journal-Register reports

Waste not: Cook County's inspector general finds thousands of dollars worth of decades-old office supplies forgotten in warehouses, the Sun-Times reports

Ward worries: Ald. Sandi Jackson's resignation is effective today, but constituents will still be able to get services from the ward office until a new alderman takes office, NBC Chicago reports

Too pricey: A panel finds Chicago cannot afford to subsidize the health care of its retirees, the Sun-Times reports

Check it out: Rahm pushes for universal background checks as part of the national conversation on gun control, Politico reports

RTA role: The Regional Transportation Authority finds a new role for itself - in court - by suing United Airlines and American Airlines for operating what they say is a phony front office in Sycamore to accept jet fuel, thereby skirting Chicago-area taxes, Crain's reports

Cleaning up: The Sun-Times reports there were undisclosed investors in the firm that won the controversial O'Hare janitorial contract.

Payout: Taxpayers will pay $22.5 million to a bipolar woman released by Chicago police into a high crime area who was later kidnapped and sexually assaulted before falling from a seventh-story window, the Sun-Times reports

Case compensation: The city will pay $10.25 million to compensate a man who spent 26 years in prison for a murder he did not commit under the watch of former police Cmdr. Jon Burge, the Sun-Times reports

Disability dollars: State Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka says organizations that help the disabled will go to the front of the line at her office, the Sun-Times reports

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