CHICAGO GAMBLE: CASINO AT THOMPSON CENTER? Two key leaders of the city's labor and business organizations are proposing turning the James R. Thompson Center into a casino and hotel complex. The mayor's communications director tells the Sun-Times it's too early to talk about location for a casino, but she says the city and the state are losing money by delaying a decision to bring casino gambling to Chicago.
WHEN YOU WANT TO SHOW YOUR GUN YOU REALLY CARE. Gun-rights activists inspired by last year's Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day have declared Jan. 19 "Gun Appreciation Day." NPR's Mark Memmott notes that date falls not coincidentally just before Barack Obama's second inauguration.
TO COIN A RAISE. Could President Obama use a technicality -- the power to mint platinum coins in any denomination, including a trillion dollars -- to dodge the debt ceiling if Congress doesn't act by this summer? Stephen Colbert says Americans should have seen it coming in Obama's original campaign slogan: "Change."
CROWDED HOUSE RACE. In the election to replace Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. as the 2nd Congressional District's voice in Congress, 22 people have filed as candidates: 17 Democrats and 5 Republicans.
NETFLIX ADDS. "Revolution" and "Fringe" are among the shows to be available on-demand in a new deal with Warner Bros.
Clarifying an item in this blog and on yesterday's edition of Morning Shift: A source within the Chicago Tribune (where this blogger worked for 11 years) confirms that yesterday's wraparound ad for "Book of Mormon" wasn't a first for the paper.
Soundtrack for preparation of this edition: Crowded House, "Don't Dream It's Over."