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Teachers' union is rethinking a spring strike, and other Chicago news

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click to enlarge Chicago Teachers Union members rally downtown in April. - BRIAN JACKSON/FOR THE SUN-TIMES
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  • Chicago Teachers Union members rally downtown in April.

Welcome to the Reader's morning briefing for Tuesday, May 3, 2016.

  • Weather: The warm-up Chicago needs

After a week of mostly cold and dreary weather, Tuesday will be a beautiful, sunny spring day with a high of 64 and a low of 46. [AccuWeather]

  • A mini victory for Rahm: It's unlikely that Chicago teachers will strike this spring

The Chicago Teachers Union is rethinking its plans to strike before the end of the school year, union vice president Jesse Sharkey told the Chicago Sun-Times. Teachers are reportedly concerned about losing health insurance and their final paychecks before summer break. Union members will make an official decision soon, but Mayor Rahm Emanuel was already acting victorious during a news conference Monday. A no vote doesn't mean there won't be a strike come fall.  [Sun-Times]

  • Construction to start this summer on the city's third-tallest building

At almost 1,200 feet, the planned Vista Tower in Lakeshore East is set to become Chicago's third-tallest skyscraper. Construction on the Jeanne Gang-designed high-rise will start this summer and is expected to take four years. The 95-story structure will contain a hotel and condos. [Crain's Chicago Business]

  • Rahm: Tax increase on Airbnb rentals would help the homeless

Mayor Rahm Emanuel wants to raise the tax surcharge on Airbnb and other similar home-sharing services to 4 percent from 2 percent in order to fund housing for the homeless. "The effort here is to give homeless people a home," he said during a news conference Monday. [DNAinfo Chicago]

  • "The Many Faces of Dennis Hastert"

New York Times columnist Frank Bruni wrote a fascinating piece on the contradictions of the former U.S. house speaker, who was branded a "serial child molester" by a judge during his sentencing last week. Bruni calls Hastert's story "a lesson on the riddles of human nature." [New York Times]

  • The best one-liners from Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown in Chicago

The long-awaited Chicago episode of CNN's Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown aired Sunday evening, and Eater has rounded up some of the best lines from the famous chef's visits to spots like Valois Restaurant and Old Town Ale House. Bourdain on the regulars at the ale house: "Bar people do not live as long as vegan joggers. However, they have more fun." [Eater]



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