Morning Watch - November 13
Nov 13, 2012
Rep resignation? Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. hires attorney Dan Webb to negotiate a plea bargain with the federal government that includes resigning and prison time, Reuters reports.
Answers wanted: Rahm calls on Jackson to address his constituents, NBC 5 reports.
Timeline talk: Gov. Quinn says he wants pension reform by Jan. 9, before the new legislature is sworn in, the State Journal-Register reports.
Oops? A city attorney admits conversations with Chicago Tribune reporters were inadvertently taped without their consent, a felony in Illinois, and says the practice is not widespread, the Trib reports.
Show the success: A police source tells the Sun-Times that months after a $1 million contract with the city, CeaseFire has no significant success stories.
Here's your sign: Competitors say Rahm's plan to lock in a long-term deal for digital signage in Chicago is a bad idea akin to the parking meter agreement, the Sun-Times reports.
Truant tribe: A Tribune investigation gives CPS an F in attendance, finding 1 in 8 elementary school students missed more than four weeks of school in the 2010-11 school year.
Failing grade: A report from Advance Illinois says only 29 of 100 entering high school freshmen will earn a post-secondary degree, Crain's reports.
Super responsibility: The State Journal-Register's editorial board reminds Illinois Democrats that with a supermajority in the legislature comes great responsibility.
Building bets: Despite uncertainty concerning the future of gambling expansion, a Nevada-based developer already has plans to build a $250 million casino and hotel in suburban Country Club Hills, the Southtown Star reports.
Do not pass go: Disgraced powerbroker William Cellini withdraws his request to remain free pending appeal of his corruption conviction and will head to prison Jan. 4, the State Journal-Register reports.
Transparency builds trust: The Daily Herald's editorial board chastises Naperville City Manager Doug Krieger for signing off on a secret consulting contract with the retiring police chief instead of discussing the deal in public.
Changes needed: The Sun-Times' editorial board says an elected Chicago school board isn't the answer, but it should be more democratic and representative.
Promises, promises: As the 2014 election looms large, Democrats will need to keep their promises of pension reform and rolling back the income tax hike, the Trib's editorial board reports.
Money matters: The Trib's editorial board says underused correctional facilities must close because Illinois can't continue to spend money it doesn't have.
Income incentive: United Airlines will repay $5.6 million to Chicago for tax incentives it is no longer eligible for, WBEZ reports.
Mag Mile march: CTU members and activists rally against school closings with a march on Michigan Avenue, WBEZ reports.
Slow progress: American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees organize workplace demonstrations this week to draw attention to stalled contract talks with the state, the State Journal-Register reports.
Budget buy-in: A public hearing will be held tonight in Downers Grove to discuss the Illinois Tollway's 2013 budget, ABC 7 reports.