Morning Watch - September 27
Sep 27, 2012
Back to work? Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. has been given the OK by doctors to return to work, and he might be back next week, NBC Chicago reports.
Naughty list: Two Illinois politicians - Sen. Mark Kirk and Rep. Aaron Schock - are listed among Congress' "most corrupt," according to Citizens for Ethics and Responsibility in Washington, NBC Chicago reports.
Ventra venture: Starting next summer, CTA and Pace riders will be able to pay with credit and debit cards, or a new Ventra fare card, the Trib reports.
Missing money: The Daily Herald reports Cook County's inspector general finds nearly $100,000 is unaccounted for in county board's expenses.
The replacement: Federal judge Virginia Kendall is considered to replace former U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald, the Tribune reports.
Kids over cons? The Sun-Times' editorial board backs Gov. Quinn in his quest to close prisons to free up money for child welfare services.
Strike fever? Gov. Quinn's contract talks with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees are at a standstill, the Trib reports.
Roll call: Some parents are calling for Chicago Public Schools CEO Jean-Claude Brizard to be fired, FOX Chicago reports.
Power player: The City of Chicago is set to hire the former director of the Illinois Power Agency to consult the city on buying power in bulk, Crain's reports.
Pension problems: The mayor's top aides brief aldermen about the looming city pension crisis, the Trib reports.
Chicago outfit: A mob member is sentenced to a year in jail for rigging contracts at McCormick Place, the Sun-Times reports.
Survey says: A Southern Illinois University poll shows Illinois voters want reform in state government, WBBM Newsradio reports.
Fixin' Dixon: Chicago magazine launches an ongoing story about alleged embezzler and former Dixon comptroller Rita Crundwell.