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Morning Watch - January 7

Jan 07, 2013

Pension plan: An Illinois House committee will consider a pension reform bill today, the State Journal-Register reports. The plan includes higher employee contributions, COLA limits and assurance the state will make its required contribution each year. 

Ban abandoned: State lawmakers in Springfield abandon efforts to pass a bill to ban assault weapons, WBEZ reports

No tax track: Legislation requiring that some corporations make their income-tax bills public has been rejected, the State Journal-Register reports.  

Ahead of schedule: Chicago is already ahead of last year's murder rate, NBC 5 reports

Crowded race: Today is the deadline to file nominating petitions for the 2nd District Congressional seat vacated by Jesse Jackson Jr., and three more candidates throw their hat into the ring, NBC 5 reports.  

Drive time: Rahm pushes for legislation allowing undocumented immigrants to obtain driver's licenses, which is up for a committee vote in the Illinois House this week, the Sun-Times reports

Pretty parks: Money left over from last year's NATO Summit will go to improving Chicago parks, the Trib reports.

Family ties: State Rep. Deborah Mell says she isn't "planning" to take the City Council seat of her father, Ald. Richard Mell, but she will weigh her options if he decides to step down, the Sun-Times reports

School board step-aside: The Sun-Times' editorial board calls for two school board presidents with felony backgrounds to step down. 

Grant rant: The state is trying to recover a $100,000 grant that then-state Sen. Obama won for a nonprofit group for a botanic garden in Engelwood that never materialized, the Sun-Times reports

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