Overtime cost the Chicago Police Department more than $116 million in 2015, and other news

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The Chicago Police Department racked up serious overtime bills last year. - SUN-TIMES/FILE
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  • The Chicago Police Department racked up serious overtime bills last year.

Welcome to the Reader's morning briefing for Wednesday, April 6, 2016.

  • Weather: Cloudy and rainy

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 Police Department overtime pay rose 17.2 percent in 2015

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]

  • Time-lapse video of Saturday's bizarre snow showers

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]

  • Take one of Professor Barack Obama's law school final exams

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]

  • Comedians Nick Offerman and Stephen Colbert take on Minooka's community calendar

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]

  • Planning a wedding? You might want to travel out of town

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]


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