The Week in Review: CTU, CPS Clash Over April 1 Teacher Walkout

On this week’s edition of "The Week In Review" with Joel Weisman:

An overwhelming vote by the Chicago Teachers Union's House of Delegates to authorize a one-day teacher strike on April 1 has parents scrambling. Chicago Public Schools is offering 250 contingency sites to keep the students busy and fed. Schools chief Forrest Claypool calls the strike illegal but refuses to compromise with the CTU on scheduling April 1 as a furlough day.

Former Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert’s accusers have expressed interest in testifying at his sentencing next month. Court documents reveal that Hastert has been accused of sexual abuse when he was a teacher and coach decades ago in suburban Yorkville. In his plea deal, Hastert admitted he skirted banking laws to pay "Individual A" $3.5 million in 2010 to cover up the previously undisclosed misconduct.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s pension cost-cutting plan was struck down as unconstitutional by the Illinois Supreme Court. The head of the Independent Police Review Authority hires an outside law firm to audit past police shooting investigations but doesn't expect to reopen or overturn past cases. And the Blackhawks hope to reverse the team’s downward spiral in the last eight games of the regular season.


Juan Perez, Jr., Chicago Tribune; @PerezJr
Mary Wisniewski, Chicago Tribune; @MaryWizChicago
John McCarron, Chicago Tribune
Mike Mulligan, WSCR 670; @MullyHanley

The conversation continues online as Joel Weisman and his guests look at how African-American and Latino aldermen are flexing their political muscles.