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Morning Watch - January 31

Jan 31, 2013

Been there, change that: The Trib's editorial board says there's much former Gov. George Ryan can do to help eradicate the sleaze from Illinois politics. 

What's next? Crain's Greg Hinz wonders what's next for almost-free George Ryan. 

Back in the saddle? The Sun-Times' editorial board predicts former Gov. George Ryan will eventually become involved again in death penalty issues. 

Election overdrive: Early jockeying for the 2014 governor's race could jeopardize the state's financial situation, the Trib reports

Pension positions: IL House Speaker Michael Madigan says a pension summit is "not timely" and criticizes unions for their stance on pension reform, the State Journal-Register reports

On patrol: After a 15-year old girl was gunned down in an apparent gang turf war, the mayor dispatches 200 more police to the streets, NBC 5 reports

Shooting shame: With the shooting of an innocent 15-year old girl who marched in Obama's inauguration parade, the Sun-Times' and Tribune's editorial boards say the violence issue is becoming personal and shameful. 

District debate: Gun violence, housing, job and education are big discussion topics at a debate for 2nd Congressional District candidates, the Sun-Times reports

Clout control: An ethics investigation finds a Department of Corrections hire had no experience with the penal system but was hired because he had political clout, the State Journal-Register reports

Gun running: Sen. Mark Kirk introduces bipartisan legislation to make gun trafficking a federal offense, NBC 5 reports

Election Day eye: Election officials are paying special attention to Cicero, a place where Election Day is often plagued with shenanigans, the Sun-Times reports

Outta there: The Illinois attorney general orders the removal of the Harvey school board president because of a previous felony conviction, the Sun-Times reports

Seating arrangement: About 100 new jobs come to the city after the CTA contracts a Humboldt Park business to make seats, Crain's reports

Partner up? CTA chief Forrest Claypool eyes a public-private partnership to extend the Red Line, the Sun-Times reports

Strike zone: West Chicago teachers set a drink date for Monday, the Trib reports

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