Morning Watch - January 29
Jan 29, 2013
Voter registration: This is the final day to register to vote in next month's primary and special election to replace former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., NBC 5 reports.
Toni and Toi: Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle endorses Toi Hutchinson, not her former staffer Robin Kelly, to replace Jesse Jackson Jr., NBC 5 reports.
Action plan: IL Senate President John Cullerton says he wants votes on pension reform and gay marriage ASAP, the State Journal-Register reports.
Open season: A Chicago Public Schools hearing last night about possible school closings gets rowdy as parents voice support to keep schools open, ABC 7 reports.
Close calls: A commission overseeing CPS school closures plans to recommend that no more than 20 close per year, the Sun-Times reports.
Money matters: The Chicago Teachers Union says the extra $344 million in CPS coffers is a surplus, but the district says it's budgeted for this school year, the Sun-Times reports.
Second chances: The Prentice Hospital landmark battle heads back to the Commission on Chicago Landmarks, WBEZ reports.
Bed bug bites: Three aldermen propose fining landlords who don't get rid of bed bugs, WBEZ reports.
Proceed with caution: The Sun-Times' editorial board says drivers licenses for illegal immigrant should make roads safer but should also be monitored carefully for fraud.
Closed, not closest, to people: The Rockford Register Star's editorial board says Belvidere Township should open up to taxpayers instead of limiting their input.
Gun group: Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon organizes a working group on firearms to explore different aspects of gun ownership, the State Journal-Register reports.
Leading legislators: One beneficial bi-product of their reduced numbers in the IL Senate is that all Republican senators will make additional money for holding leadership and committee positions, the State Journal-Register reports.
Courtroom cams: The State Journal-Register's editorial board says courtrooms should embrace cameras in Sangamon County.
Pension regs: The Daily Herald's editorial board says Illinois should tighten pension forfeiture regulations, citing the case of a former Round Lake police officer convicted of a sex crime who is allowed to collect a pension.
Tow no: A former Chicago police officer-turned-informant becomes the 11th cop to be charged with extorting tow truck drivers, the Trib reports.