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Welcome to the Reader's morning briefing for Monday, April 18, 2016.
The gorgeous weather continues Monday with a high of 70 and a low of 50. The sun will be shining. [AccuWeather]
Chicago Public Schools and the Chicago Teachers Union are once again at odds. The union has rejected recommendations from a third-party mediator with president Karen Lewis saying, "We have no choice but to prepare ourselves for a possible strike." CPS accepted the mediator's report. [WBEZ]
An eye-opening report from The Guardian highlights the struggles of homeless men in Chicago who are working in restaurants all over the region. They got the jobs through Chinese employment agencies, which allegedly "target vulnerable Latino workers and place them with restaurant employers who exploit them," according to Illinois attorney general Lisa Madigan. The AG's office is investigating the agencies. [The Guardian]
As the state continues to crumble without a budget, Illinois comptroller Leslie Munger will no longer fast-track legislators' paychecks. She's going to end the "unfair prioritization of payments to elected leaders" and and make their checks wait in line with the state's other payments, which are delayed by about two months now. [NBC Chicago]
An incredible statistic: there has never been a fatality on a Divvy bike, or on any other bike-sharing program in the U.S., according to a new study. Only 37 crashes have happened on Divvy bikes in Chicago since the program's June 2013 launch. The accident data for Divvys is significantly lower than the recorded data for regular bikes. [Tribune]
Whole Foods likes to add local flair to their stores with locally sourced products, and the planned Englewood store will be no exception. Representatives from the upscale grocery chain met with prospective suppliers at an outreach event in Englewood Saturday. There, south side business owners like Mark Walker of Ooohwee Sweet Tea were able to pitch their products. [DNAinfo Chicago]