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Proposed Chicago Public Schools closings allegedly in violation of teachers’ union contract, and other news

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click to enlarge Chicago Teachers Union members pick up strike materials outside the union's strike headquarters in 2016. - AP PHOTO/CHARLES REX ARBOGAST
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  • Chicago Teachers Union members pick up strike materials outside the union's strike headquarters in 2016.

Welcome to the Reader's weekday news briefing.

  • Proposed CPS closings allegedly in violation of teachers union contract

The Chicago Public Schools' latest school closings plan is in violation of the district's contract with the Chicago Teachers Union, according to the CTU. The union filed a grievance Friday in order to block the planned school closings, which include all four of Englewood's open-enrollment high schools. "Our union built protections from arbitrary and unwarranted school closings into our contract," CTU vice president Jesse Sharkey said Monday. [Sun-Times]

  • State legislator accused of sexual harassment fighting for primary ballot spot

Illinois senator Ira Silverstein and his legal team are fighting to keep his spot on the Democratic ballot for the March 20 primary, according to the Tribune. Silverstein was accused of sexual harassment by an activist who worked with him on a bill to support victims of violent crimes. His election "paperwork raised questions about enough of the signatures to leave him about 45 short of the 1,000 needed" to get on the ballot, and he's facing primary challengers in the wake of the harassment allegations. [Tribune]


  • Report: Carlos Ramirez-Rosa plans to drop out of race to replace Luis Gutierrez

Alderman Carlos Ramirez-Rosa is planning to leave the race to replace Fourth District congressman Luis Gutierrez, according to Politico. When exiting, Gutierrez himself endorsed Cook County commissioner Jesus "Chuy" Garcia to replace him, and a recent poll showed Garcia has a massive lead. "Chuy is unbeatable. It'll be a landslide," Ramirez-Rosa reportedly told campaign volunteers in a phone call Sunday. [Politico Illinois Playbook]

  • Matt Nagy is the new head coach of the Chicago Bears

Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Matt Nagy has been hired as the new head coach of the Chicago Bears. Nagy, who replaces recently fired coach John Fox, is only the team's 16th in its long history. [Sun-Times]

  • Investigation: Cops faced no discipline in 113 suburban Cook County shootings

There have been at least 113 police-involved shootings in suburban Cook County since 2005, but "not a single officer involved in those shootings was disciplined, fired or charged criminally," according to an investigation by the Better Government Association and WBEZ. "I think it's terrible," Cook County commissioner Richard Boykin, who's based in Oak Park, said. "Obviously to not have—in the 113 shootings—not a single incident where officers were disciplined, is highly concerning for me, because I know that those are not 113 shooting incidents that were legitimate." [WBEZ]

  • Small Cheval opens in Old Town

Small Cheval has opened in its highly anticipated new Old Town location. The more casual outpost of Randolph Street's Au Cheval, one of Brandon Sodikoff and Hogsalt Hospitality's earlier hits, will feature a 100-seat patio in warmer weather at its new 1345 N. Wells Street location. [Eater Chicago]


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