* Today is a state holiday, so I’m shutting down comments. Expect very light posting, if any. Here’s a roundup…
* Ex-Tea Party Rep. Joe Walsh insists he’s not trying to stop paying child support: Both he and his attorney say that since he is no longer employed as a congressman, they want to “modify” the previous agreement so that he pays 20 percent of his current salary.
* Joe Walsh: I Will Sue the Chicago Sun-Times
* Credibility of key witness against State Rep. Derrick Smith is questioned: Meantime, prosecutors argue in court documents the hearing isn’t necessary because the witness’s background doesn’t change what Smith said on tape.
* Quinn on the fundraising trail
* Robin Kelly is going to Washington to attend State of the Union at the Capitol
* Pontiac prison hunger strike enters second week
* Local schools fear state aid shortfall next year - State may pay only 80 percent of state aid
* Budget cuts could delay medical licenses in state
* Still Few Gains In Illinois Pension Talks: One suggestion: extend the temporary income tax increase, set to expire in 2015, and earmark that revenue towards paying the pension obligations.
* No solution after Illinois pension summit
* Summit on Illinois pension woes ends with no new plan
* At Unions’ Pension Summit, ‘Not a Whole Lot’ Accomplished
* Sen. Righter: Speaker’s math doesn’t equal fairness
* Rutherford points to office savings
* Kadner: Business group soft on state officials
* Hinz: Lisa Madigan faces test over energy fracking
* Water district gets $250 million state loan
* Welcome to the New Federal Supermax - The recently acquired “Gitmo North” doesn’t jibe with the government’s stated goal of reducing solitary confinement.
* Alzheimer’s explains Ronald Reagan’s 1994 gun ban support, son says: The former president also endorsed the Brady gun-control bill in a 1991 op-ed piece in the New York Times.