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Chicago Teachers Union is taking its planned Friday strike very seriously, and other news

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click to enlarge Members of the Chicago Teachers Union cheer during president Karen Lewis speech at a news conference Wednesday. - AP PHOTO/NAM Y. HUH
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  • Members of the Chicago Teachers Union cheer during president Karen Lewis speech at a news conference Wednesday.

Welcome to the Reader's morning briefing for Monday, March 28, 2016.

  • Weather: Colder but mostly sunny

It will be a chilly late-March day with a high of 47 and a low of 34. There will be a few clouds, but the sun will be out for most of the day. No rain is expected. [AccuWeather]

  • CTU will reportedly kick out members who cross the picket line April 1

The Chicago Teachers Union is planning a massive April 1 walkout, and although almost 80 percent of CTU delegates approved the one-day strike, not every teacher agrees with the plan. One anonymous teacher told DNAinfo Chicago's Mark Konkol that she plans to show up to teach Friday, and that when she announced her intention, she was told she'd be kicked out of the union if she followed through. "I'd rather just be out of the union unless there's some major turnaround where [union action] wasn't such a battle of egos with a political agenda," she said. [DNAinfo Chicago]

  • Blackhawks earn eighth-straight playoff spot in win over Vancouver Canucks

The Blackhawks are one step closer to another Stanley Cup victory. They earned their 2016 postseason spot Sunday evening in a 3-2 win over Vancouver. It's not like the honor is unexpected. The Hawks have had a great year and have made the playoffs for the past eight seasons. [Second City Hockey]

  • Rod Blagojevich appeal rejected by U.S. Supreme Court

The U.S. Supreme Court turned down former governor and Celebrity Apprentice contestant Rod Blagojevich's last shot at overturning his conviction. An appellate panel of judges threw out five of the disgraced governor's 18 criminal convictions and called for a resentencing in 2015. It's unclear whether his 14-year prison sentence will be lightened by a U.S. district court judge after SCOTUS's decision. [Sun-Times]

  • Rahm's surprise pick for top cop is a high-ranking CPD official

Reports circulated over the weekend that Mayor Rahm Emanuel had tossed out the Chicago Police Board-recommended three finalists for the Chicago Police Department's superintendent job in favor of Chicago native and CPD chief of patrol Eddie Johnson. He's expected to announce the decision Monday. City Hall reportedly hopes the decision will enable them to make peace with the City Council's Black and Latino Caucuses and rebuild trust between Chicagoans and the police. [Politico]

  • Caitlyn Jenner reality show features TransLife Center at Chicago House

Caitlyn Jenner made a splash when she visited Chicago in November to speak about her journey as a transgender woman. The trip, including a luncheon she attended for social service agency Chicago House, was documented for an episode of her E! reality show I Am Cait, which aired Sunday evening. Jenner highlighted Chicago House's work in the episode and toured its TransLife Center. [Tribune]


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