Welcome to the Reader's morning briefing for Wednesday, April 6, 2016.
It will seem warm when temperatures finally reach the 50s again, with a high of 54 and a low of 38. The downside is that Wednesday will be cloudy, windy, and rainy. [AccuWeather]
Chicago cops are retiring faster than the department is hiring replacements. That's forcing the CPD to spend millions of dollars in overtime pay. More than $116.1 million was spent on overtime in 2015, with August and November being the most expensive months. As crime surges in Chicago, it's not clear to some if the overtime is worth it. "Overtime is totally out of control," Ninth Ward alderman Anthony Beale told the Sun-Times. "Arrests are down. Stops are down. Crime is up. All we're doing is paying people to do nothing." [Sun-Times]
It was a bizarre weekend with extreme weather changes. Chicago went from on-and-off snow and heavy winds to periods of sunshine Saturday to sunshine with a high of 71 Sunday. David Harpe captured the crazy weather changes in a time-lapse video. [WGN]
President Barack Obama taught constitutional law at University of Chicago Law School for 12 years before he was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2004. Based on his evaluations, students loved his class. In honor of his visit to the law school Thursday, DNAinfo Chicago has posted some real final exams from his classes for the brave people who want to see if they could have passed. [DNAinfo Chicago]
When Parks and Rec fan favorite Nick Offerman visited The Late Show Monday, he and Second City alumnus Stephen Colbert read suburban Minooka's community calendar. Offerman has deep Minooka roots—he grew up there, and his grandfather was the town's mayor. [A.V. Club]
The wedding industry can be a notorious rip-off, and Chicago is the second-most expensive U.S. city to get married in, according to a new ranking from website the Knot. The average Chicago wedding costs $61,265, excluding the honeymoon. The average cost of a U.S. wedding in 2015 was about half of the Chicago average at $32,641. That's still a lot of money for one day. [Tribune]