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Chicago Local Fires Vice President

A quick update on the murky saga of the Chicago Teachers Union.

Yesterday, the union's executive board voted to get rid of Ted Dallas, the vice president who had been accused of financial improprieties. Dallas had in turn filed suit against the union, accusing President Marilyn Stewart of similar misdoings, including spending half a million dollars on food over a year. Read the Chicago Tribune story here.

Dallas had been a member of the union since 1970, and had run on Stewart's slate for the last two elections. But the two fell violently apart over the past several months. At the AFT convention in Chicago last month, as Stewart shared the platform with top national union leaders, Dallas was downstairs handing out fliers condemning her.

Will he go away now that the local's executive board has found him guilty of financial wrongdoing? Stewart, who said it was time to close the chapter, sure hopes so. But let's wait and watch, shall we?

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