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Morning Watch – August 16

Aug 16, 2013

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Charges filed: Former Chicago comptroller Amer Ahmad is indicted on federal charges for alleged corruption when he worked for the state of Ohio, WBEZ reports.

Money manager: Robert Healy, former treasurer of the Lyons Township Trustees of Schools, is charged with stealing $1.5 million from the schools, the Trib reports.

Schools stay shut: A federal judge refuses to stop school closings because there isn’t enough proof that children would be harmed by closures, CBS2 reports.

Panel probes: Gov. Quinn taps former U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald for a panel to investigate Chicago-area transit, the State Journal-Register reports.

Outta there: The fifth Metra board member resigns, and the board meets for the first time since dumping its CEO, ABC7 reports.

Rescuing Metra: A new plan for Metra must include a way to reduce political influence, the Trib’s editorial board writes. 

Comeback kid? Former CeaseFire leader Tio Hardiman plans to run for governor even after his arrest in May, the Sun-Times reports.

Daley & dems: Gubernatorial candidate Bill Daley says he won’t even try to get the Cook County Democrats’ endorsement, the Trib reports.

Speakers say: Republicans at the State Fair say it’s time to change the state’s leadership, the State Journal-Register reports.

Tan ban: Gov. Quinn signs a law banning indoor tanning for anyone under 18, the State Journal-Register reports.

E-cigs: A new law prohibits the use of electronic cigarettes for anyone under 18, the State Journal-Register reports.

Taxing times: Voters should pay attention to a movement supporting a progressive income tax, the State Journal-Register’s editorial board writes, the State Journal-Register’s editorial board writes.

Derailed: The mayoral-backed plan for an Englewood rail yard hits a speed bump, the Sun-Times reports. 

 

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