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Chicago Teachers Union Ousts Vice President

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The Chicago Teachers Union voted late Tuesday to find Vice President Ted Dallas guilty of financial impropriety charges and expel him from the union, according to a release issued by the CTU.

Dallas had been charged with improperly expensing lavish meals and gifts to the union. He had been a member of the union since 1970, according to the release, and was a former teacher at Wells High School before becoming vice president.

The expulsion of a leader is unprecedented in CTU history, claims a STNG report on the CBS2 website.

After the first vote for a trial, originally scheduled for June 11, Dallas sued the union in Cook County Circuit Court, claiming Stewart was the big spender, wasting money on satellite radio and an Israeli vacation. That suit is ongoing.

The judge initially agreed the executive board didn't follow proper protocol in its moves to boot Dallas, and issued a temporary restraining order against the union holding the trial, but later said the board could again vote, using different protocol, on whether Dallas could go to trial.

Chicago education blogger and Huffington Post contributor Alexander Russo offered the backstory on WBEZ's Eight Forty-Eight.