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Morning Watch - January 23

Jan 23, 2013

Rumblings of running: The Sun-Times' Lynn Sweet reports Attorney General Lisa Madigan is seriously considering a run for governor. 

Behind bars: Former Springfield powerbroker William Cellini reports to the Federal Correctional Institution in Terre Haute, Ind. for trying to extort a movie producer, WBEZ reports

Divesting dollars: The Chicago Teachers Pension Fund unanimously votes to divest its relatively small holdings in assault weapon manufacturers, Crain's reports

No news: A school safety summit in response to the Newtown shooting produced no immediate effects or legislation, the State Journal-Register reports

Will work for free: A newly elected state representative suggests legislators don't get paid until state's vendors do, NBC Chicago reports

Death report: The death of a man who was allegedly beaten by a North Chicago police officer has been reclassified as a homicide, ABC 7 reports

Funding fixtures: A parent advocacy group files a formal complaint with the inspector general to investigate how millions of dollars in state funds are being spent by UNO for a new charter school, the Trib reports

Double up: Jones College Prep High School will be expanded to double capacity of the selected enrollment school despite the community's desire to convert it to an open-enrollment neighborhood school, the Sun-Times reports

School suggestions: A commission on Chicago Public Schools closings says closing many schools will create chaos and recommends closing far fewer than were previously thought, the Trib reports

Boundary brush off: Ald. Danny Solis starts recognizing the city's new ward boundaries when it comes to zoning and sign orders, angering incumbents, the Sun-Times reports

Meter money: Parking meter rates in Chicago were supposed to have increased Jan. 1 but still haven't changed, WBBM Newsradio reports

Startup success: Rahm wants to recreate the success of 1871, a Merchandise Mart tech startup incubator, but with focus on a different industry, Crain's reports

Ballot beef: A rival of the Cicero town president asks for a review of the incumbent's eligibility to be on the ballot, citing he owes the town money, the Sun-Times reports

Breathing room: The Sun-Times' editorial board hopes the city will give the Ricketts' room to fix up Wrigley Field. 

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