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The Morning Drive Podcast: Wednesday

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Welcome to this edition of the Morning Drive Podcast; In today’s episode, we dig into the CTU and CPS agreement over the longer school day

But first, some news:

On Wednesday, the City Council will vote to approve a set of supposedly “technical” corrections to Chicago’s ward remap that was approved in January. The corrections run 58 pages.

Cook County officially has a new medical examiner. The board voted 13-1 on Tuesday to confirm the appointment of Dr. Stephen Cina, a Florida pathologist. Commissioner John Fritchey cast the sole “nay” vote.

Governor Pat Quinn sparked frustration among civil rights advocates by signing a new police wiretap law Tuesday. Illinois police currently need a court order to secretly record conversations of drug criminals, but under the new law that goes into effect Jan. 1, a state’s attorney could give that go ahead.

Chicago Public Schools and the Chicago Teachers Union have reached a deal on the longer school day, which has been the source of vicious bickering, lawsuits and strike threats in the year since Mayor Rahm Emanuel took office and promised to give city schoolchildren more time in class.


And your WEATHER for today: It’s going to be hot again. There’s a heat advisory in effect from 11 am this morning to 10 pm this evening. It will be partly cloudy in the morning, then clearing as the temperatures rise. Highs in the upper 90s, highest heat index readings 100 to 106 in the afternoon. Tonight, partly cloudy with a 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, muggle, lows in the upper 70s. West winds 10 to 20 miles per hour.

Thursday, partly sunny with a 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, not as warm, highs in the upper 80s. Then Thursday night, partly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms.

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