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Morning Watch - January 9

Jan 09, 2013

Start over: Hope for pension reform in the lame duck session is dead, but lawmakers plan to introduce the proposed plans after new legislators are sworn in, the State Journal-Register reports

Call for action: Gov. Quinn calls for a bi-partisan pension commission to spend three months crafting legislation that could pass both the House and Senate, NBC Chicago reports

Cowardice: The Trib's editorial board says in failing to pass pension reform, the cowards surrendered. 

Came up short: The failure of the legislature to pass pension reform won't go unnoticed, the Sun-Times' editorial board writes

Charged: When the new legislature is sworn in this afternoon, three of the lawmakers will be facing criminal charges, the State Journal-Register reports

In the crosshairs: The Sun-Times' editorial board hopes the new legislature targets guns. 

Ban review: Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan asks for a full review of the concealed carry ban that was struck down in December, the State Journal-Register reports

Drive time: Gov. Quinn says he looks forward to signing the bill that will grant drivers licenses to illegal immigrants, WBEZ reports. The legislature passed the bill as part of the lame duck session. 

Desk decisions: After having a parliamentary hold removed, the gambling expansion bill that could put a casino in Chicago is sent to Gov. Quinn, the Sun-Times reports

CAPS lock: The Chicago Police Department is revamping the community policing program, the Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy, or CAPS, WBEZ reports

Meals on wheels: The Trib's editorial board laments that six months after the food truck ordinance passed, no vendors have been licensed to cook on board. 

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