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Morning Watch - January 24

Jan 24, 2013

Pension pow wow: We Are One Illinois, a coalition of public employee unions, invited Gov. Pat Quinn and other legislative leaders to a meeting in hopes of reaching an agreement on changes to the state's pension system, the State Journal Register reports.

Friends in high places: The United Neighborhood Organization, a chain of privately operated charter schools, recently almost received a nearly $35 million grant. Crain's Greg Hinz wonders what type of Springfield magic had to happen for the group to receive such a generous grant.

Getting away with it: In 2012, gunmen who shot and wounded someone in Chicago got away without criminal charges 94 percent of the time, reports That number is up from 2011, when just over 91 percent of shooters went uncharged.

Emanuel and IG agree!: Mayor Rahm Emanuel has vowed to follow through on Inspector General Joe Ferguson’s plan to shift nearly 300 police officers from desk jobs to street duty, saving the city tup to $16.6 million a year, the Sun-Times reports.

Case closed. Almost: Authorities in northern Illinois are almost done liquidating the assets of former Dixon Comptroller Rita Crundwell, the State Journal Register reports. Crundwell pleaded guilty to federal charges that she stole $53 million from the city over the last 20 years. She will be sentenced February 14.

Mayor wants wrigley deal done: Mayor Emanuel says it's time to finalize a $300 million Wrigley Field renovation package, NBC 5 reports. The franchise, owned by the Ricketts' family, revealed a new package last weekend that no longer included a subsidy request.

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