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G'morning! If y'all are planning to celebrate this nice 50-degree spring weather by eating out, consider tipping staff extra.

Restaurants workers are in demand. While job postings increased 100% in March, applicants are down 50% compared to before the pandemic, according to hospitality job site Culinary Agents. Many workers have left because of changing COVID restrictions, better unemployment benefits, and health and safety concerns. Since Illinois temporarily stopped administering Johnson & Johnson doses, the Illinois Restaurant Association is altering its vaccine events, which could further slow down workers' return.

Hotel workers are fighting for an ordinance that would require former employers to offer jobs to laid-off staff before hiring new employees. Many workers are older women of color who have had a hard time finding work because of the job market and their age, UNITE HERE Local 1 spokesperson Elliott Mallen said. [Crain's Chicago; Eater Chicago; Chicago Tribune]

👉 What you can do: Consider getting dinner during Lakeview and Roscoe Village's Restaurant Week.

—Sidney Madden (@sidney_madden_)

In Other News

▪️ Public will have the opportunity to see the Toledo video today, the Civilian Office of Police Accountability, or COPA, said. On Tuesday, Adam Toledo's family viewed the bodycam footage of a Chicago police officer fatally shooting the 13 year old in Little Village. [ABC Chicago]
▪️ Inspector general found white male-dominated Chicago Fire Department needs policy, culture changes. In a recent survey, 62% of women firefighter respondents reported being sexually harassed. Survey respondents also shared racist and derogatory names colleagues had called them. Inspector General Joe Ferguson recommended specific department-wide training to address CFD's latest misconduct. [Chicago Sun-Times]
▪️ Reimagining the city by population. While the state and city redraw ward maps this year, University of Illinois Chicago professor Chris Kanich shared a map of the city where neighborhoods were proportional to population. Break out the magnifying glass to see O'Hare 🔍
▪️ Chicago Public Library released digitized versions of Harold Washington's speeches in honor of his 99th birthday today. The city's first Black mayor is remembered as a powerful public speaker, but few audio recordings exist of his speeches. Now, the digitized collection can be viewed online. [Chicago Public Library]

Vax Fax

💉 Adult residents in certain zip codes can get vaccinated at Apostolic Faith Church on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Register online or call 312-746-4835 to make an appointment. Bring proof of residency to the appointment. [NBC News]

😷 Eligible adult Chicago residents can register online to get Moderna vaccines at Armitage Pharmacy.

Today's Podcast

Two coalitions are proposing a new civilian oversight body with broad policy-making powers to hold police accountable. Long-time activist Frank Chapman talks to City Cast Chicago about the proposal.
Listen to today's episode
👉 What you can do: Learn more about the Empowering Communities for Public Safety ordinance during a Facebook Live on Saturday at 10 a.m.

Mark Your Calendar

📚 Hosted by Dr. Eve Ewing, University of Chicago professor C. Riley Snorton will answer questions about Black trans histories tonight at 7 p.m. 

🍻 Northman Beer & Cider Garden on the Riverwalk vendor reopens today. Catch an architecture tour with Chicago's First Lady Cruises starting Saturday.

Today is the last day to sign up for Pest Control Magazine's writing workshop happening next week. The new Chicago literary arts magazine is accepting submissions for its third issue until the end of the month.

Moment of Joy

A teacher is fundraising to help her students in Rogers Park form a soccer team. Gale Elementary doesn't offer sports through the school, but a group of students who play soccer together told Mimi Kelso-Grant that they'd like to be part of a team. [Block Club Chicago]

👉 What you can do: Donate to the fundraiser to help student athletes get supplies and equipment. 
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